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

Holahan Early Origins



The surname Holahan 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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Holahan Spelling Variations


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Holahan Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Holahan 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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Holahan Early History


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Holahan Early History



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

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Holahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Holahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Holahan name:

Holahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Holahan, aged 25, landed in Missouri in 1847
  • Jeremiah Holahan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856

Holahan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. L. Holahan, who settled in America, in 1903
  • Clara C. Holahan, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Alice Holahan, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Fethard, Ireland, in 1908
  • Joseph Holahan, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Mary A. Holahan, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holahan (post 1700)



  • William L. Holahan, American Professor of Economics at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Robert Holahan, American Assistant Professor at Binghamton University, New York
  • Philip Holahan, American Sundance Festival Award winning cinematographer
  • Paul Holahan, American film, television director, cinematographer, producer and photographer
  • Dennis Holahan (b. 1942), American actor, known for his roles in Scarface (1983), General Hospital (1963) and Halloween II (1981)
  • Maurice F. Holahan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 12th District, 1877-79

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    11. ...

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