Falen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name Falen is O Fallamhain.

Early Origins of the Falen family

The surname Falen was first found in Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Important Dates for the Falen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Falen research. Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1458, 1464, 1443 and 1466 are included under the topic Early Falen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Falen Spelling Variations

Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Falen that are preserved in documents of the family history are Fallon, O'Fallon, Fallone, Falloone and others.

Early Notables of the Falen family (pre 1700)

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

Falen migration to the United States

Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Falen:

Falen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Falen, who arrived in Baltimore in 1823

Falen migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Falen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Falen, who arrived in Ontario in 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name Falen (post 1700)

  • Thomas Falen, American Health Science professor at the University of Central Florida
  • James E. Falen, American professor emeritus of Russian at the University of Tennessee
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