Show ContentsFeland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Feland have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Faoilain, which is derived from the word faol, which means wolf. [1]

Early Origins of the Feland family

The surname Feland was first found in County Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster.

Saint Fillan, Foilan or Felan (d. 777?), was an Irish missionary in Scotland in the middle of the eighth century. "His commemoration day in the Scottish calendar is 9 Jan. He was the son of Feredach, a prince in Munster, and Kentigerna, daughter of Kellach Cualann, king of Leinster, and sister to St. Congan. Being thrown into a river on his birth on account of deformity, he was rescued by St. Ibar. He became a monk at first in one of the monasteries of St. Munnu Fintan, and subsequently went from Ireland to the part of Argyll afterwards called Ross, where two churches, Kilkoan and Killellan, derive their names respectively from his uncle Congan and himself. A cave and a church were also named from him in Fife." [2]

Early History of the Feland family

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Feland Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Feland were encountered in the archives: Phelan, O'Phelan, Whelan, O'Failin, Phalen, Phalon, Phaelan and many more.

Early Notables of the Feland family

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United States Feland migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Feland family came to North America quite early:

Feland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Emanuel Feland, aged 16, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Suevia" from Hamburg, Germany [3]
Feland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Logan Feland, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1904 aboard the ship "Philadelphia" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [3]
  • Katharine Feland, aged 39, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Algonquin" from Santo Domingo City [3]
  • Gabriel Gundersen Feland, aged 48, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Bergensfjord" from Kristiania, Norway [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Feland (post 1700) +

  • Major General Logan Feland (1869-1936), United States Marine Corps general, Commanding General of the Department of the Pacific, eponym of the USS Feland (APA-11)

  1. MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from on Facebook