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Before Irish names were translated into English, Colahan had a Gaelic form of O Ceallachain, possibly from "ceallach", which means "strife". The family is descended from Ceallachan (Callaghan), the 10th century King of Munster from whom their surname is derived, and as such, the name Colahan is a patronymic name.

Colahan Early Origins



The surname Colahan was first found in Munster. The earliest mention of the name Colahan placed them in the barony of Kinlea, in County Cork, yet the family lost most of their original lands in the barony of Kinelea during the Anglo- Norman Conquest under Strongbow. They relocated to an area near Mallow, in the north of the county, and remained there until forced off their lands once again during the Cromwellian Invasion of the 17th century. The head family migrated to the east of County Clare and flourished, giving their name to the village of Callaghan's Mills. The resumption of the often-discarded prefix "O" has been widespread during the late twentieth century, but in the early twentieth century, Callaghans greatly outnumbered O'Callaghans, but such is no longer the case. The O'Callaghans are one of the few Irish families to still have a chief, certified by the Genealogical Office. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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Colahan Spelling Variations


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Colahan Spelling Variations



Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Colahan. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Callaghan, Callahan, O'Callaghan, O'Callahan, Calahan, Cellaghan, Kalahan, Kallaghan, Kallahan, O'Kallaghan, Kellaghan, Kelleghan, Kellahan, Kelahan, Ceilahan, Ceilaghan, Callachan, Calachan, Callagan, Calagan, Kelagan, Callighan and many more.

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Colahan Early History


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Colahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Colahan research. Another 403 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1640, 1738, 1807, 1797, 1883, 1605, 1654, 1839 and 1909 are included under the topic Early Colahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Colahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Colahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Colahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North Ameri ca. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of Colahan:

Colahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Colahan, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844
  • Mary A. Colahan, aged 18, who arrived in America, in 1893
  • Bessie Colahan, aged 16, who arrived in America, in 1894
  • Maggie Colahan, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1896
  • Ellie Colahan, aged 25, who arrived in America from Ballinasloe, Ireland, in 1899

Colahan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Daniel Colahan, aged 22, who arrived in America from Galway, Ireland, in 1904
  • Arthur Colahan, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Katharina Colahan, aged 25, who arrived in America, in 1907
  • Andrew Colahan, aged 41, who arrived in America from Leicester, England, in 1922

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Contemporary Notables of the name Colahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Colahan (post 1700)



  • Charles Ellwood Colahan (1849-1904), American officer of the United States Navy, eponym of the USS Colahan (DD-658), a Fletcher-class destroyer
  • Colin Cuthbert Orr Colahan (1897-1987), Australian painter and sculptor
  • John Colahan (b. 1836), Irish Surgeon Major General in the British Army, son of Nicholas Colahan
  • Arthur Nicholas Whistler Colahan (1884-1952), Irish doctor, British Army officer and songwriter of popular songs; his most famous work is Galway Bay, which popularised by Bing Crosby, son of Nicholas Colahan

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Colahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Colahan 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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