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Where did the Irish Hyland family come from? What is the Irish Hyland family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hyland family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hyland family history?

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


Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Hyland family name. Variations found include 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.


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


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


Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Hyland:

Hyland Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • James Hyland, aged 29, arrived in Maryland in 1684

Hyland Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Hyland, who landed in New York in 1825
  • William Hyland, who arrived in New York in 1825
  • Michael Hyland, who landed in Mississippi in 1837
  • Thomas Hyland, aged 30, landed in New York in 1854
  • John Hyland, aged 17, landed in New York in 1854


  • Brian Hyland (b. 1943), American pop recording artist
  • Diana Hyland (1936-1977), American actress best known for her television appearances
  • Lawrence A. "Pat" Hyland (1897-1989), American electrical engineer, one of several people credited with major contributions to the invention of radar
  • Packy Hyland Jr., American founder of Hyland Software Inc in 1911, now with over 1,400 employees worldwide
  • Richard Frank Hyland (1900-1981), American gold medalist rugby union player at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Sarah Jane Hyland (b. 1990), American actress, best known for her role as Haley Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family
  • John Joseph Hyland Jr (1912-1998), American admiral in the United States Navy, Commmander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet from 1967-1970
  • Robert Joseph "Bob" Hyland (b. 1945), former American NFL football guard
  • Liam Hyland (b. 1933), former Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • Paul Hyland (b. 1984), Irish professional boxer



  • The Hyland Family History by Lloyd Ernest Hyland.

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The Hyland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hyland Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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