ⓘ Muldoon


ⓘ Muldoon

Muldoon is an Irish family name. It is represented throughout the world where descendants of emigrants of people bearing that name have settled; e.g. USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries.

Muldoon is an anglicization of the Irish O Maolduin, "descended from Maolduin", which in turn was a legendary first name. This name means "Hill-fort", the "fort" coming from the "Duin". This name Mael Duin was first written down in the book of Lebor na hUidre or the book of Dun Cow. Mael Duin is thought to be one of the first Irish explorers of the west coast of Scotland, who established the first territory of Dal Riata on the west coast of Scotland. Another Mael Duin was one of the Kings from Mag Rath in Dal Riata, Western Scotland see List of the kings of Dal Riata, Mael Duin mac Conaill died c. 689.

According to The Surnames of Ireland by Edward MacLysaght, there are three distinct septs of Muldoon: Galway around Ui Maine, Clare whose names were generally Anglicised to Malone, and in Co. Fermanagh where the name is most common.

The family motto is Pro Fide Et Patria, Latin "For Faith and Country".


1. Famous Muldoons

  • Enda Muldoon, Gaelic footballer
  • Patrick Muldoon, American actor
  • Sir Robert Muldoon, Prime Minister of New Zealand 1975–1984
  • Rhys Muldoon, Australian actor
  • Bristow Muldoon, Scottish politician
  • William Muldoon, professional wrestler
  • John Muldoon, Connacht Rugby Pro 12 winning captain.
  • Paul Muldoon, Northern Ireland poet
  • Mael Duin, 8th-century Irish monk
  • Sylvan Muldoon, American writer
  • Royston Maldoom, choreographer
  • Pete Muldoon, American ice hockey coach

2. Fictional characters

  • Seamus Muldoon, fictional character in Survival of the Dead
  • Spotty Muldoon, a fictional character created by Peter Cook, and featured in his 1965 song The Ballad of Spotty Muldoon
  • Jo Muldoon, a fictional character in the Lady Gregory play, "Spreading the News"
  • Robert Muldoon, a fictional character in the Jurassic Park series of novels and films
  • Skip Muldoon, a fictional character in the video game Hitman: Blood Money
  • Roberta Muldoon, a fictional character played by John Lithgow in The World According to Garp
  • Officer Francis Muldoon, a fictional character in the television show Car 54, Where Are You? and the movie of the same name