Hylan 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. Hylan originally appeared in Gaelic as O hUallachain, which is derived from the word "uallach," which means "proud."

Early Origins of the Hylan family

The surname Hylan 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.

Important Dates for the Hylan family

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Hylan Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Hylan revealed spelling variations, including Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.

Early Notables of the Hylan family (pre 1700)

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Hylan migration to the United States

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Hylan name:

Hylan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Wm. Henry Hylan, aged 49, originally from N.Y.C., N.Y., who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "San Juan" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [1]
  • Francis Hylan, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Brazos" from San Juan, Puerto Rico [2]

Hylan migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hylan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Andrew Hylan, aged 40 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing 13th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Miss. Margaret Hylan, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing 13th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 28th August 1847 but she died on board [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hylan (post 1700)

  • John F. Hylan (1868-1936), American Democrat politician, Mayor of New York City, New York, 1918-25; Defeated in primary, 1925 [4]
  • Hylan B. Lyon (1836-1907), Confederate General in the US Civil War

Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J644-3M9 : 6 December 2014), Wm. Henry Hylan, 08 Sep 1919; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port New York, ship name San Juan, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64G-FNP : 6 December 2014), Francis Hylan, 14 Jul 1919; citing departure port San Juan, Puerto Rico, arrival port N.Y., ship name Brazos, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ 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. 81)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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