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O'sullivan Surname History


Origins Available: Irish-Alt , Irish


The old Gaelic name used by the O'sullivan 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.


Early Origins of the O'sullivan family


The surname O'sullivan was first found in the territory of Cahir in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster. 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.

Early History of the O'sullivan family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'sullivan research.
Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1590, 1660, 1700, 1745, 1748, 1784, and 1837 are included under the topic Early O'sullivan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'sullivan Spelling Variations


One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname O'sullivan were found in the many archives researched. These included O'Sullivan, Sullivan and others.

Early Notables of the O'sullivan family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the family name at this time was Phillip O'Sullivan Beare (1590-1660), soldier in the Spanish army who is best remembered as a historian; Colonel John O'Sullivan (b...
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'sullivan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the O'sullivan family to the New World and Oceana


Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the O'sullivan family name:

O'sullivan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew, Arthur, Daniel, Denis, John, Michael, Patrick, Simon, Timothy, and William O'Sullivan, who all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

O'sullivan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael O'Sullivan, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • Thomas O'Sullivan, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • Margaret O'Sullivan, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine O'Sullivan, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "William" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary O'Sullivan, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'sullivan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James O'Sullivan, aged 34, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  • Ellen O'Sullivan, aged 30, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  • David O'Sullivan, aged 2, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  • Joseph O'Sullivan, aged 1, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  • James John O'Sullivan, aged 34, a teacher, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

O'sullivan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen O'Sullivan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Mr. John O'Sullivan, (b. 1840), aged 33, Irish labourer from County Kerry travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Surat" going to Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand in 1873, the ship sunk at the Catlins River all the passengers were transported to Dunedin via various rescure vessels [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Mr. Jeremiah O'Sullivan, (b. 1840), aged 34, Irish mason from County Cork travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Margaret O'Sullivan, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Morto O'Sullivan, aged 38, a mason, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name O'sullivan (post 1700)


  • Anthony O'Sullivan (b. 1920), American silent film actor and director who appeared in 163 films
  • Sean Daniel O'Sullivan (b. 1987), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Patrick O'Sullivan (b. 1985), American professional NHL ice hockey forward
  • John Francis O'Sullivan (1850-1907), Irish-American awarded the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars
  • Dan O'Sullivan (b. 1968), professional NBA player
  • Shane O'Sullivan (b. 1985), Irish hurler
  • Denise O'Sullivan (b. 1994), Irish international footballer
  • Gilbert O'Sullivan (b. 1946), Irish singer-songwriter, best known for his hits "Alone Again (Naturally)", "Clair" and "Get Down"
  • Eddie O'Sullivan (b. 1958), head coach of the Ireland rugby union team
  • Denis O'Sullivan (b. 1948), Irish golfer
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the O'sullivan family



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Michael J O'Sullivan, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Bridget Mary O'Sullivan (d. 1912), aged 21, Irish Third Class passenger from Glenduff, Kerry who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  2. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  5. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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