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The Surname "Maughon" comes from the Irish word Mathghamha meaning bear. More commonly found variations of the spelling include Mahon, MacMahon, MacMann, MacMahan, MacMohan, Maghan, Mann and Maughan. The prefix ‘Mac or Mc" means "son of" and in many instances has been deleted.

The surname, Maughon, arose separately in two areas, in west Clare and in Co Monaghan. Mahon is found as a principal name in the 1659 census of Ireland, in Co. Clare. The 1890 birth index shows "Mahon" in Dublin and Galway. The Irish names Mahon and McMahon now rank among the seventy most frequently found in the country.

Among early emigrants from Ireland to America were Bernard, Francis, James, John, Michael, Patrick MacMahan arriving in Philadelphia Pa. Between 1840 and 1860.

The arms illustrated may be described heraldically as: Chief Or with a Lion Charge, Crest: An estoile wavy; and for the Motto: "Sic Nos Sic Sacra Tuemur". Writers of the past have attributed symbolism to the tinctures and charges of heraldy – thus, Or (Gold) is said to denote Generosity; Azure (Blue), Strength and Loyalty, Argent (Silver or White) Sincerity and Peace. The Heraldic Beast Lion is symbolic of fierce courage. The motto may be translated as "Thus We Guard Our Sacred Rights".