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

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Many spelling variations of the surname Mulholland can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mulholland research. Another 409 words (29 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mulholland History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Mulholland name:

Mulholland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Owen Mulholland, who arrived in Virginia in 1750

Mulholland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Mulholland, who landed in New York in 1811
  • Eleanor Mulholland, who arrived in New York in 1811
  • George Mulholland, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Joseph Mulholland, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • John Mulholland, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


Mulholland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Charles Mulholland, aged 20, arrived in Quebec in 1833
  • David Mulholland, aged 40, arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Hugh Mulholland, aged 24, arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • James Mulholland, aged 13, arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • Thomas Mulholland, aged 16, arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834


Mulholland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Peter Mulholland, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Robert Mulholland, aged 32, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • David Mulholland, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

Mulholland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Elizabeth Mulholland, aged 30, a nurse, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hurunui" in 1877
  • Smylie Mulholland, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Margaret Mulholland, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Alice Mulholland, aged 18, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

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  • John Mulholland (1898-1970), American magician, author, publisher and intelligence agent
  • Lieutenant General John F. Mulholland Jr. (b. 1955), American Deputy Commander of United States Special Operations Command
  • Joe H. Mulholland (1934-2014), American businessman and politician who served in the Mississippi State Senate (1964-1968) and (1976-1984)
  • Dale Mulholland (b. 1964), American former soccer player and manager
  • William Mulholland, American water-services engineer in Southern California, eponym of the Los Angeles road, Mulholland Drive
  • Bob Mulholland, California Democratic Party senior advisor
  • L. Charles Mulholland, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1988
  • Shawn Mulholland, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 2000
  • Spencer Mulholland, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1944
  • Charles Mulholland, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 26th District, 1880-81

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The Mulholland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mulholland Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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