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The Holligan surname originally appeared in Gaelic as O hAilechain or O hAileagain.

Holligan Early Origins



The surname Holligan was first found in County Armagh (Irish: Ard Mhacha) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Holligan Spelling Variations


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Holligan Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Holligan are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Halligan, Holligan, Hollegan, Hologhan, Hallihan and many more.

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Holligan Early History


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Holligan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Holligan research. Another 208 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Holligan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Holligan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Holligan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Holligan 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 massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Holligan or a variant listed above:

Holligan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Holligan settled arrived in Philadelphia in 1855
  • Patrick Holligan arrived in Philadelphia in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Holligan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Holligan (post 1700)



  • Patrick Holligan, Professor at the National Oceanography Centre of University of Southampton
  • Andy Holligan (b. 1967), British Light Welterweight boxer
  • Bridget Holligan, Science Projects Officer at The Oxford Trust

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Holligan Historic Events


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Holligan Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Michael Holligan, British Pay Midshipman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Holligan Family Crest Products


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Holligan Family Crest Products




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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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    The Holligan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Holligan 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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