Just where on earth did the McGlothlin name originate? I know there are many variations of the name but the one that is linked to my family is the McGlothlin spelling. The different spellings that I have run across has been McGloughlin, McLaughlan, and McLoughlin. I am sure there are many more because as we all know back in the olden days church scribes and officials recorded the names down as they heard them. Many times this would cause one person to have several different names.
Long before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D., the McGlothlin clan held a family seat in the County Meath, Ireland. Thousands of Irish emigrated to North America in the 19th century in hopes of a better life and to escape the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840’s in Ireland.
From what information I have been able to glean, the McGlothlin migrated into and around Virginia and Pennsylvania and then they began to spread out towards the west with some even living on Native American Reservations in Oklahoma and Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. I am sure there are more in other states as their thirst for a better life led them westward, battling the hardships that it took to migrate, never giving up the one atribute that kept them going: HOPE!