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Many Irish names are merely English translations of Gaelic names. The name Gallahan was a translation of the Gaelic name Mac Giollagain, which is derived from the word "giolla," which means "lad."

Gallahan Early Origins



The surname Gallahan was first found in County Londonderry (Irish: Doire), a Northern Irish county also known as Derry, in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat at a place called Magilligans Strand.

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Gallahan Spelling Variations


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Gallahan Spelling Variations



Many different spelling variations of the surname Gallahan exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Gilligan, Gilegan, Gillegan, Giligan and others.

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Gallahan Early History


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Gallahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gallahan research. Another 184 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gallahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gallahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gallahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Gallahan:

Gallahan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Timothy Gallahan, aged 18, landed in Pennsylvania in 1776

Gallahan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Michael Gallahan, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Patrick Gallahan, aged 59, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Ed Gallahan, aged 26, who emigrated to America, in 1921

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gallahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gallahan (post 1700)



  • Josh Gallahan, American musician

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Gallahan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    6. 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).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
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    The Gallahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gallahan 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.

    This page was last modified on 24 October 2015 at 16:12.

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