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

Early Origins of the Milholland family

The surname Milholland 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 Milholland family

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Milholland 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 Milholland revealed many variations, including Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.

Early Notables of the Milholland family (pre 1700)

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United States Milholland migration to the United States +

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 Milholland family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Milholland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Milholland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Maryland in 1839 [1]
  • James Milholland, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Milholland (post 1700) +

  • Inez Milholland Boissevain (1886-1916), born Inez Milholland, an American suffragist, labor lawyer, World War I correspondent, member of the National Woman's Party and a key participant in the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913
  • James Milholland (1887-1956), American academic, acting President of the Pennsylvania State University (1947-1950)
  • Randal Keith "R.K." Milholland, American webcomic author
  • William H. Milholland, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 13th District, 1922, 1923; Candidate for New York State Senate 19th District, 1932, 1936 [2]
  • John E. Milholland, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1892 [2]

  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 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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