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There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Heelan originally appeared in Gaelic as O hUallachain, which is derived from the word "uallach," which means "proud."

Heelan Early Origins



The surname Heelan was first found in Thomond (Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), literally North Thomond, the pre-Norman Kingdom of Thomond, since divided between counties Limerick, Tipperary and Clare, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Heelan Spelling Variations


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Heelan Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Heelan revealed spelling variations, including Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.

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Heelan Early History


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Heelan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Heelan research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Heelan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Heelan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Heelan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Heelan 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



Irish families 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 Heelan name:

Heelan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joha. Heelan, aged 21, who landed in America from Kerry, in 1892
  • Bridie Heelan, aged 18, who landed in America from Ballynoe, County Waterford, Ireland in 1897
  • Bridget Heelan, aged 21, who settled in America from Quirin, in 1898

Heelan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Patrick Heelan, aged 20, who landed in America from Lismore, in 1904
  • Annie Heelan, aged 26, who landed in America from Cappoquin, Ireland, in 1907
  • Edward Patrick Heelan, aged 22, who settled in America from Kuocklong, Ireland, in 1907
  • Patrick Heelan, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Cork, Ireland, in 1909
  • William Heelan, aged 23, who settled in America from Lismore, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Heelan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Heelan (post 1700)



  • Will A. Heelan, American lyricist
  • Paul A. Heelan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Edmond Heelan (1868-1948), Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Sioux City (1920 to 1948)

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Citations



    Other References

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    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
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    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    7. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    8. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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    The Heelan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Heelan 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.

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