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

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The surname Hillin 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.

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Hillin were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.


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

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More information is included under the topic Early Hillin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Hillin family relocated to North American shores quite early: Daniel, David, John, Michael, Patrick and Owen Hollahan and David and Michael Mulholand, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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  • Daemon Hillin, American producer, co-founder of Benetone Hillin Entertainment, an international production company
  • Robert K. "Bobby" Hillin Jr. (b. 1964), American stock car racing driver


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The Hillin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hillin 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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