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Recorded in several spellings including MacMenamin, McMenamin, MacManaman, McManamon, Merriman, Marmion and O'Merry, this is an anglicised Irish surname of some considerable antiquity. Its original meaning though is uncertain. There is a claim that it derives from the Gaelic "Mag Giolla Mheidre", meaning "the son of the merryman", but this is disputed as being a translation of the English surname Merryman, also widely recorded and overlapping in Ireland, and we cannot have that as an explanation. The surname is popular in Counties Donegal and West Tyrone, and is one of the first ever recorded in Ireland. It is said that in the Gaelic period before 1170 a...

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