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Where did the Irish Sullivant family come from? What is the Irish Sullivant family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sullivant family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sullivant family history?The old Gaelic name used by the Sullivant family in Ireland was O Suileabhain, which is partially derived from the word "suil," which means "eye." The surname probably means either one-eyed or hawk-eyed.
The spelling of one's surname was not as important as it is today. Names were recorded as they sounded and in many cases, one's surname changed with each listing. As a result, surnames often had many spelling variations. For Sullivant some of these variations included: O'Sullivan, Sullivan and others.
First found in the territory of Cahir in County Tipperary. The Sullivan spelling is by far the most common name in Munster, and is predominantly found in the counties of Cork and Kerry, with a smaller but still significant population in County Limerick.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sullivant research. Another 301 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1590, 1660, 1700, 1745, 1748, 1784, and 1837 are included under the topic Early Sullivant History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sullivant Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Sullivant:
Sullivant Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Sullivant Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Sullivant Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Lamh foistenach abú
Motto Translation: The steady hand to victory.
The Sullivant Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sullivant 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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