NOTES ON SURNAMES (HULL) 36

MULCHINOCK This rare Irish surname is on record in East Hull in the 1870s.
Patrick Mulchinock married Catherine Meekin in Sculcoates (St. Charles Church?) in 1881
Michael Mulchinock married Ann Sheridan in Sculcoates (St. Charles Church?) in 1884
Patrick Mulchinock was living at 4 Spittle Street, and
Bridget Mulchinock was living at 2 Spittle Street in 1884 (Burgess Roll)
Spittle Street was in the Groves, one of the areas of Irish settlement in East Hull.
Michael Mulchinock was sworn in as Police Constable no. 404, Hull city Police Force, October 1914 (A.A.Clarke, “The Policemen of Hull”, 1992)
William Mulchinock, a Hull man serving with the Durham Light Infantry, lost his life in World War 1 (“Golden Book of World War One Casualties”, EYFHS, Hull 2012).

THe surname Mulchinock in Ireland belongs exclusively to West Cork and Kerry. In its original Irish form it is Ó MaoilSionóg. Though it has the appearance of an ancient name I have found no examples of the name in the middle ages when hereditary surnames were being adopted. The earliest notice to date is of two men, Anthony Mulsenoge and Maelimnery Mulsenoge in Co Cork during the Cromwellian expulsion of Catholics and transplantation to Connacht. These men were exempted from transplantation. (O’Hart’s “Landed Gentry of Ireland”).
Probably the best known person of the name was William Pembroke Mulchinock (1820-1864), a poet whose fame rests on the lyrics to one song, “The Rose of Tralee”. William was a native of Tralee, Co. Kerry, the son of a local shopowner. His uncle, however was a landowner in the county, whose heir was William’s older brother, Edward Mulchinock of Clogher House, whose descendants were still in possession of the estate into the 20th century.

The exact meaning of the surname Ó Maoilsionóg has not been explained. It is a patronymic, “descendant” (literally “grandson”) of Maolsionóg, a male given name meaning “servant, devotee” of Sionóg. It is this last component which remains a mystery. My guess is that it is either the name of some forgotten minor saint, or that it is a variant of the name Seanán. Saint Seanán (d. c. 544 A.D.), whose name was also spelt Sionán, was a holy man who lived on Scattery Island off the Kerry coast.

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