There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Hollaghan originally appeared in Gaelic as O hUallachain, which is derived from the word "uallach," which means "proud."
Early Origins of the Hollaghan family
The surname Hollaghan was first found in Thomond
(Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), literally North Thomond
, the pre-Norman Kingdom of Thomond, since divided between counties Limerick
and Clare, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Hollaghan family
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Hollaghan Spelling Variations
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations
during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Hollaghan include Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.
Early Notables of the Hollaghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hollaghan family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Hollaghan: Daniel, David, John, Michael, Patrick and Owen Hollahan and David and Michael Mulholand, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
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