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Where did the Irish Boylan family come from? What is the Irish Boylan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boylan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boylan family history?

The original Gaelic form of Boylan was O Baoigheallain.


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 Boylan revealed spelling variations, including Boylan, Boyland, O'Boylan and others.

First found in Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and were descended from the Heremon line of Kings, more specifically King Colla da Crioch, one of the three famous Kings of Colla, 357 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boylan research. Another 197 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boylan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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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 Boylan:

Boylan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Boylan who settled in Barbados in 1654

Boylan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philemy Boylan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Boylan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Boylan, who arrived in Connecticut in 1812
  • Michael Boylan, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • John D Boylan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1829
  • Patrick F Boylan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Thomas Boylan, aged 27, arrived in Missouri in 1847

Boylan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur P. Boylan, aged 6, who emigrated to America from Armagh, in 1902
  • Alice Boylan, aged 57, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1904
  • Annie Boylan, aged 22, who landed in America from Demdalk, Ireland, in 1906
  • Ann Boylan, aged 30, who emigrated to America from Drogheida Ireland, in 1907
  • Anna Boylan, who landed in America, in 1910

Boylan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Boylan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840
  • Margaret Boylan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840

Boylan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Thomas Boylan landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840


  • Jennifer Finney Boylan (b. 1958), American author, and professor at Colby College
  • Barbara Boylan (b. 1942), American dancer and television personality
  • Roger Boylan (b. 1951), American writer, raised in Ireland, France, and Switzerland
  • Clare Boylan (1948-2006), Irish author, journalist and critic
  • Andrew Boylan (b. 1939), Irish politician, member of Dáil Éireann (1987-2002)


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  9. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
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The Boylan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boylan 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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