Show ContentsHolohan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Holohan family

The surname Holohan 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.

Early History of the Holohan family

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Holohan Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Holohan dating from that time include Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.

Early Notables of the Holohan family (pre 1700)

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United States Holohan migration to the United States +

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 Holohan or a variant listed above:

Holohan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Holohan, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1812 [1]
  • Pat Holohan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • T Holohan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • James Holohan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Australia Holohan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Holohan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Holohan, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"

Contemporary Notables of the name Holohan (post 1700) +

  • Sean Holohan (b. 1964), American professional football player
  • Peter Joseph "Pete" Holohan (b. 1959), former professional American NFL football player
  • William A. Holohan, American politician, Justice of Arizona State Supreme Court, 1972-89 [2]
  • Elaine "Lenny" Holohan (b. 1985), Irish camogie player, winner of All-Ireland Senior medals in 2007, 2010 and 2011
  • Owen Holohan, Irish sportsperson (hurler)
  • Richard Holohan (1882-1954), Irish politician and farmer

  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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook