The Irish name Gollaher has a long Gaelic heritage to its credit. The original Gaelic form of the name Gollaher is O Gallchobhair, derived from the word "gallchobhar," which means "foreign help."
Early Origins of the Gollaher family
The surname Gollaher was first found in County Donegal
(Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland
in the province of Ulster
, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, but claim descent from a warrior named "Gallchobhar" and held lands in the baronies of Raphoe and Tir Hugh. They held a castle at Ballyshannon and at one time also held the castle of Lifford.
Early History of the Gollaher family
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Gollaher Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname Gollaher can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Gallagher, Gallacher, Gallaugher, Gallaughor, Gallager and many more.
Early Notables of the Gollaher family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Bishop Redmund O'Gallagher, The Diocese of Killala, who was imprisoned and banished from the diocese on fraudulent charges; Redmond O'Gallagher, who was... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gollaher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gollaher family to the New World and Oceana
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Gollaher name:
Gollaher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Matthew Gollaher, who landed in Texas in 1835 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Gollaher (post 1700)
- David L. Gollaher (b. 1949), American President & CEO of the California Healthcare Institute (CHI)