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The original Gaelic form of Boylan was O Baoigheallain.

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The surname Boylan was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Boylan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Ameri ca. 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
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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
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Boylan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Boylan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1837

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
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  • Michael Boylan, American politician, Member of Minnesota State Senate 61st District, 1919-26
  • Leo Boylan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1972
  • John P. Boylan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
  • John Joseph Boylan (1878-1938), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1910-12; Member of New York State Senate, 1913-22
  • John Boylan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1912 (alternate), 1916; Chair of Passaic County Democratic Party, 1913-14
  • Daniel J. Boylan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1920
  • Charles E. Boylan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1924
  • B. T. Boylan, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 8th District, 1901-02; Member of South Dakota State Senate 9th District, 1911-12
  • Rose Marion Boylan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1920
  • Sam Boylan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1944 (alternate), 1948
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    Other References

    1. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. 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.
    6. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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