Gollan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Gollan has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally derived from the baptismal nameJollan. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Gollan family
The surname Gollan was first found in Lincolnshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Gollan family
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Gollan Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Gollan include Jolland, Jollan, Jolan, Jolin, Joline, Jalland, Golland, Gollan, Golan and many more.
Early Notables of the Gollan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gollan family to Ireland
Some of the Gollan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 32 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gollan migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Gollan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Donald Campbell Gollan, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 
Gollan migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Gollan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Donald Gollan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 
- Jessie Gollan, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" 
Gollan migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Gollan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- D. Gollan, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clydeside" in 1841
- James Gollan, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- Abigail Gollan, aged 32, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- Mary Gollan, aged 12, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- Robert Gollan, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Gollan (post 1700) +
- Sir Henry Cowper Gollan CBE, KC (1918-1924), British lawyer and judge, 12th Attorney General of Ceylon, Chief Justice of Hong Kong (1924-1930)
- John Gollan (1911-1977), Scottish leader of the Communist Party of Great Britain (1956-1976)
- Olivia Gollan (b. 1973), former Australian racing cyclist, winner of the Australian national road race title in 2003
- Donald Herbert Louis Gollan (1896-1971), British silver medalist rower at the 1928 Summer Olympics
- William McCulloch Gollan CBE (1885-1968), Australian politician, Secretary for Mines (1954-1956), Secretary for Lands (1957-1959)
- George Charles Gollan (1886-1957), Australian politician, Minister for Labour and Industry and Social Welfare (1939-1941)
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)
- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
- ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.