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

Highland Early Origins



The surname Highland 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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Highland Spelling Variations


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Highland Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Highland 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 Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.

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Highland Early History


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Highland Early History



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

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Highland Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Highland Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Highland 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



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Highland name:

Highland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Highland, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • John Highland, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Highland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Highland, aged 28, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849
  • Conner Highland, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1851
  • James Highland, who landed in Indiana in 1852
  • Ole Highland, aged 20, arrived in Illinois in 1862

Highland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Highland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm
  • Miriam Louisa Highland arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm

Highland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A. Highland arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1861

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Contemporary Notables of the name Highland (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Highland (post 1700)



  • Rob Highland, American television director, best known for his work on Barbaro: A Nation's Horse
  • Christel Highland, American set costumer
  • Virgil L. Highland, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1904; Member of Republican National Committee from West Virginia, 1916-28
  • Ronald L. Highland, American Republican politician, Chair of Wabaunsee County Republican Party, 2011
  • George Highland, American politician, Mayor of Atascadero, California, 1995-96
  • Charles D. Highland, American Democrat politician, Elected Kentucky State House of Representatives 69th District 1955
  • Cecil B. Highland Jr., American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1960
  • Cecil B. Highland, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 2nd District, 1925-28

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Highland Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Lysander.htm

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Highland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Highland 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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