HouseofNames.com

Continuing Research

Notables Added the last 12 months
FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more
An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2016

Origins Available: Irish-Alt, Irish


The old Gaelic name used by the 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.

 More

The surname 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.

One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer because one must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Sullivan family name include O'Sullivan, Sullivan and others.


 More

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sullivan 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 Sullivan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

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 Sullivan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

 More

The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Sullivan or one of its variants:

Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jael Sullivan, who landed in Massachusetts in 1654
  • Onoris Sullivan, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Teage Sullivan, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Florence Sullivan, who arrived in South Carolina in 1669
  • Jeremy Sullivan, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alice Sullivan, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Joan Sullivan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Austis Sullivan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Honour Sullivan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • David Sullivan, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
  • ...

Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Corn Sullivan, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Dennis H Sullivan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Sylvester Sullivan, aged 21, landed in New York in 1812
  • Silvester Sullivan, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Michael J Sullivan, aged 15, arrived in America in 1822
  • ...

Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Sullivan, who landed in Mississippi in 1902

Sullivan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Sullivan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Daniel Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Dennis Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Darby Sullivan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Michael Sullivan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • ...

Sullivan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Sullivan, who arrived in Quebec in 1803
  • John Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1808
  • John Sullivan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • Patrick Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • James Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1819
  • ...

Sullivan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Sullivan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Sullivan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Michael Sullivan, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Sullivan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • John Sullivan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • ...

Sullivan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Sullivan landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • John Sullivan landed in Mahurangi, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Ellen Sullivan, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • John Sullivan, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Daniel Sullivan, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • ...
 More

  • Franklin Leal Sullivan (1930-2016), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1953 to 1963
  • Dennis Burns Sullivan (1941-2015), American food executive, President of Vlasic Pickles
  • James F. Sullivan (b. 1857), United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Leroy James Sullivan (b. 1933), American firearms inventor, including the M16 and the Ruger Mini-14
  • James Sullivan (1744-1808), American lawyer and politician, 7th Governor of Massachusetts (1807-1808)
  • Grant Sullivan (1924-2011), American actor, best known for his starring role as investigator Brett Clark in the television series, Pony Express
  • Harry Andrew Sullivan (1888-1919), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1909 season
  • Daniel A. "Dan" Sullivan (b. 1951), American politician, Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska (2009-)
  • Charles L. Sullivan (1924-1979), American politician, attorney and military pilot, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi from 1968 to 1972
  • John Frank "Chub" Sullivan (1856-1881), American Major League Baseball first baseman who played from 1877 to 1880
  • ...
 More

Sullivan Historic Events



Flight 191

  • Nancy T Sullivan, American from San Diego, California, USA, aged 32, who worked aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Helen  Sullivan (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Ethel  Sullivan (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Daniel  Sullivan (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mary  Sullivan (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Gerald  Sullivan (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • ...

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Frank D Sullivan (b. 1906), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Ilkestone, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Albert Sullivan (b. 1911), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Manchester, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Sullivan, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Florence Sullivan, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mrs. Julia Sullivan, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Sullivan, American 2nd Class passenger from Groton, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Emily Sullivan, American 2nd Class passenger from Groton, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. S. Sullivan, aged 25, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9
 More

  • Wild Bill Sullivan, King of the Hollow by Ann Hammons.
  • Adam's Ancestors by Thomas Nathan Clark.
 More

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.

 More

Most Popular Family Crest Products
 
Sullivan Armorial History With Coat of ArmsSullivan Armorial History With Coat of Arms
Sullivan Coat of Arms & Surname History PackageSullivan Coat of Arms & Surname History Package
Sullivan Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage SeriesSullivan Family Crest Image (jpg) Heritage Series
Sullivan Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chainSullivan Coat of Arms/Family Crest Key-chain
Sullivan Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee MugSullivan Coat of Arms/Family Crest Coffee Mug
Sullivan Armorial History with FrameSullivan Armorial History with Frame
Sullivan Framed Surname History and Coat of ArmsSullivan Framed Surname History and Coat of Arms

 More

 More

Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    5. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The Sullivan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sullivan 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.

    This page was last modified on 1 August 2016 at 07:12.

    Sign Up

      

    FREE SHIPPING on orders of $85 or more