Phalon Surname History

Many variations of the name Phalon have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Faoilain, which is derived from the word faol, which means wolf. [1]

Early Origins of the Phalon family

The surname Phalon was first found in County Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster.

Saint Fillan, Foilan or Felan (d. 777?), was an Irish missionary in Scotland in the middle of the eighth century. "His commemoration day in the Scottish calendar is 9 Jan. He was the son of Feredach, a prince in Munster, and Kentigerna, daughter of Kellach Cualann, king of Leinster, and sister to St. Congan. Being thrown into a river on his birth on account of deformity, he was rescued by St. Ibar. He became a monk at first in one of the monasteries of St. Munnu Fintan, and subsequently went from Ireland to the part of Argyll afterwards called Ross, where two churches, Kilkoan and Killellan, derive their names respectively from his uncle Congan and himself. A cave and a church were also named from him in Fife." [2]

Early History of the Phalon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phalon research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1658 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Phalon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phalon Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Phalon revealed spelling variations, including Phelan, O'Phelan, Whelan, O'Failin, Phalen, Phalon, Phaelan and many more.

Early Notables of the Phalon family (pre 1700)

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Phalon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Phalon migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Phalon name:

Phalon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Phalon, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1840 [3]
  • John Phalon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867 [3]
  • Michael Phalon, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Argonauto" from Montego Bay, Jamaica [4]
Phalon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Margaret Phalon, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1904 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England [5]
  • Charles Phalon, aged 62, originally from Paris France, arrived in New York in 1911 aboard the ship "Lusitania" from Liverpool, England [6]


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Y7-KJ8 : 6 December 2014), Michael Phalon, 06 Sep 1893; citing departure port Montego Bay, Jamaica, arrival port New York, ship name Argonauto, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN9Z-C3V : 6 December 2014), Margaret Phalon, 22 Sep 1904; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJP5-BPR : 6 December 2014), Charles Phalon, 03 Feb 1911; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lusitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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