Holleran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Holleran originally appeared in Gaelic as O hAllmhurain, which is derived from the word allmhurach, which means pirate.

Early Origins of the Holleran family

The surname Holleran was first found in counties of Clare and Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Holleran family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holleran research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holleran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Holleran Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, a person's name was often recorded under several spelling variations during a single lifetime because it was essentially up to the individual scribe's discretion as to how to record an individual's name. Research into the name Holleran revealed many variations, including Halloran, O'Halloran, Haloran and others.

Early Notables of the Holleran family (pre 1700)

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United States Holleran migration to the United States +

The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Holleran:

Holleran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eugene Holleran, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872 [1]
  • Morris Holleran, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1872 [1]

Canada Holleran migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Holleran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Holleran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1807
  • Mary Holleran, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1817
  • Catherine Holleran, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
  • Mr. James Holleran, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Junior" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In August 1847 [2]
  • Miss. Mary Holleran, aged 10 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Lively" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In August 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Holleran (post 1700) +

  • Andrew Holleran (b. 1944), pseudonym of Eric Garber, American novelist, essayist, and short story writer
  • William T. Holleran, American Republican politician, Delegate to Connecticut State Constitutional Convention 3rd District, 1965 [3]
  • Thomas J. Holleran, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1952 [3]
  • Paul Holleran, English manager of Leamington FC


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 34)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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