There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Hoolihan originally appeared in Gaelic as O hUallachain, which is derived from the word "uallach," which means "proud."
Early Origins of the Hoolihan family
The surname Hoolihan 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 Hoolihan family
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Hoolihan Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname Hoolihan were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.
Early Notables of the Hoolihan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hoolihan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hoolihan or a variant listed above:
Hoolihan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Margaret Hoolihan, aged 14, who landed in New York in 1854 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Hoolihan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Hoolihan, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
- Michael Hoolihan, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
- Timothy Hoolihan, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
- Mary Hoolihan, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
- Johana Hoolihan, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
Contemporary Notables of the name Hoolihan (post 1700)
- Paul Anthony Hoolihan (b. 1947), Australian politician, Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Keppel (2004-2012)