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Where did the Irish Mulholland family come from? When did the Mulholland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mulholland family history?

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Mulholland originally appeared in Gaelic as O hUallachain, which is derived from the word "uallach," which means "proud."

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People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Mulholland that are preserved in archival documents are Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.

First found in Thomond (Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), literally North Thomond, the pre-Norman Kingdom of Thomond, since divided between counties Limerick, Tipperary and Clare, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulholland research. Another 409 words(29 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mulholland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Mulholland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Mulholland to North America:

Mulholland Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Owen Mulholland, who arrived in Virginia in 1750

Mulholland Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Mulholland, who landed in New York in 1811
  • Eleanor Mulholland, who arrived in New York in 1811
  • George Mulholland, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Joseph Mulholland, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • John Mulholland, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


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  • William Mulholland, American water-services engineer in Southern California. The Los Angeles road, Mulholland Drive is named in his honor
  • Patrick J Mulholland Ph.D.,, American scientist with the Environmental Sciences Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Bob Mulholland, California Democratic Party senior advisor
  • Robert Mulholland (b. 1838), Ontario businessman and political figure
  • Gregory Thomas Mulholland (b. 1970), British politician


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