Mullen Family History

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Mullen Name Meaning

Irish: Anglicized form of the common and widespread Gaelic name Ó Maoláin ‘descendant of Maolán’, a byname meaning ‘tonsured one’, ‘devotee’ (from a diminutive of maol ‘bald’). English: topographic name for someone who lived by a mill, or a metonymic occupational name for a miller, from Anglo-Norman French mo(u)lin, mulin ‘mill’ (see Mill). In some instances it may be a variant of Millen, from Middle English mullelane. Dutch and Belgian (van Mullen): habitational name from Mullem in East Flanders, Mullem in West Flanders, or possibly Mollen in Brabant. Dutch (van (der) Mullen): variant of van der Molen (see Molen 4).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Cullen, Millen, Mullet, Bullen, Mellon, Molle, Mallen, Smullen

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Mullen Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mullen. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Mullen Family Origin

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Mullen Family Occupations

What did your Mullen ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Coal Miner and Housekeeper were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mullen. The most common Mullen occupation in the UK was Labourer. 8% of Mullen's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Mullen family was Hawker.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Housekeeper

  • Hawker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mullen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mullen Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 296,000 census records available for the last name Mullen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mullen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 48,000 immigration records available for the last name Mullen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 55,000 military records available for the last name Mullen. For the veterans among your Mullen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mullen Life Expectancy

What is the average Mullen lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mullen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mullen in 1942 was 67, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mullen ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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