McMahon

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Coat of Arms of MacMahon of Clare/Thomond

McMahon or MacMahon (older Irish orthography: Mac Mathghamha reformed Irish orthography: Mac Mathúna) is an Irish surname. The surname arose separately in two areas, in west Clare and in Co. Monaghan. The Co. Monaghan MacMahon's are not descended from the Co. Clare (Thomond) MacMahon's.

Thomond[edit]

The Thomond MacMahons were part of the great tribal grouping, the Dál gCais, and claim decent from Mahon O'Brien, grandson of Brian Ború. The last Chief of the Name was killed at the battle of Kinsale in 1602 and the Chiefly line became extinct. After the defeats of the native Irish in the seventeenth century, many of the Clare MacMahons emigrated to serve in the Irish Brigade of the French army. John Baptiste MacMahon descended from the MacMahon female line, took on the surname of MacMahon, son of one of the original members of the Irish Brigade in the French army was made Marquis d’Eguilly by Louis XV. he had wanted to marry into a noble family and he had to prove he was from nobility, thus the reason of name change through the female line, because in France they recognize the line through a female where in Ireland and up to the present they don't recognize the female line. His grandson, Edmonde Patrice MacMahon (1808-93) was created Duke of Magenta, became a Field Marshal and President of France. The MacMahon family are still prominent in France; the family home is the Château de Sully outside Bordeaux.[1]

Oriel[edit]

Map of Gaelic Ireland circa 900 A.D.

The Oriel MacMahons were based in the barony of Truagh in the north of Co. Monaghan, and ruled the kingdom of Oriel between the thirteenth and the sixteenth centuries. Their last chief, Hugh Oge MacMahon, who had become a lieutenant-colonel in the Spanish army, was beheaded by the English in 1641. A separate McMahon family in Fermanagh are descended from Mahon Maguire, a grandson of Donn Carrach Maguire. Today, although widespread throughout Ireland, MacMahon remains most common in the two ancestral homelands of Clare and Monaghan.[2]

Motto[edit]

The motto of the Thomond sept of the McMahons is "Sic Nos Sic Sacra Tuemur" which means "Thus We Defend Our Sacred Rights."

People[edit]

"MacMahon" is the family name of the following people:

Chieftains[edit]

  • Niall McMahon (Ladrannaibh, or the bandit), (early 12th century)
  • Ross Bui McMahon (late 16th century)
  • Brian Mac Hugh Og of the Dartrey MacMahons (late 16th century)
  • Raymond McMahon of the Killyleen McMahons (late 17th century)

Politics[edit]

Culture[edit]

Science[edit]

Business[edit]

Ken McMahon (1927–2011), Australian Mining Engineer

Sports[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

The McMahon wrestling family of WWE fame:

  • Roderick "Jess" McMahon (1882–1954), boxing and wrestling promoter; father of Vincent James McMahon, grandfather of current chairman Vincent Kennedy McMahon, founder of Capitol Wrestling Corporation
  • Vince McMahon, Sr. (1914–1984), wrestling promoter and founder of WWE's immediate predecessor company, the World Wide Wrestling Federation
  • Vince McMahon, Jr. (born 1945), chairman of the board, CEO and majority shareholder of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (dba WWE, Inc.)
  • Linda McMahon (born 1948), wife of Vince Jr. and former CEO of WWE
  • Shane McMahon (born 1970), son of Vince Jr. and former Executive President of WWE Global Media
  • Stephanie McMahon (born 1976), daughter of Vince Jr. and Executive Vice-President of WWE

Ships of the surname[edit]

MV Empire MacMahon was an oil tanker converted by the British for WWII service as a merchant aircraft carrier or MAC ship, that is an escort carrier for anti-submarine warfare, an anti-submarine warfare carrier.

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