There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Holihan originally appeared in Gaelic as O hUallachain, which is derived from the word "uallach," which means "proud."
Early Origins of the Holihan family
The surname Holihan was first found in Thomond
(Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), literally North Thomond
, the pre-Norman Kingdom of Thomond, since divided between counties Limerick
and Clare, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Holihan family
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Holihan Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Holihan family name include Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.
Early Notables of the Holihan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Holihan family to the New World and Oceana
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Holihan to North America:
Holihan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Catherine, Daniel, Kate, Mary, and Margaret Holihan, who settled in Boston in 1850
Holihan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Holihan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1839
Holihan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Richard Holihan, aged 25, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
- Mary Holihan, aged 18, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
Contemporary Notables of the name Holihan (post 1700)
- Edwin J. Holihan, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1932 CITATION[CLOSE]
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