Originally recorded as Muckian and Muckeen, but now found as Maken, McCann or MacKean, owing to a similarity of sound when the early Gaelic O' was lost three centuries ago, this is an Irish surname from the province of Ulster. Formerly known as O' Mochaidean, meaning the male descendant of the 'early riser' or similar, the clan in ancient times is said to have been all powerful in the barony of Cremorne, County Down. It is possible that the name was a nickname, many Irish names are, and perhaps means the reverse of what it appears to say! We dont know, and without being present possibly eight hundred years ago or more, when the name was first used, nobody can say for certain. Today the surname when recorded at all, is almost invariably listed with the Mc Cann clan, a sad reflection on how a once famous name has been largely lost. In addition most early Irish records were destroyed when the IRA burnt down the Public Records Office in Dublin in 1922, and such as remain have to be taken from surviving later church registers.

The Muckian coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eight and ninth centuries. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms.

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