Houlahen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Houlahen originally appeared in Gaelic as O hUallachain, which is derived from the word "uallach," which means "proud."
Early Origins of the Houlahen family
The surname Houlahen 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 Houlahen family
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Houlahen Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Houlahen revealed many variations, including Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.
Early Notables of the Houlahen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Houlahen family
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute due to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Houlahen family relocated to North American shores quite early: Daniel, David, John, Michael, Patrick and Owen Hollahan and David and Michael Mulholand, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
Contemporary Notables of the name Houlahen (post 1700) +
- James Houlahen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924, 1928, 1952 (alternate) 
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