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The surname Nelan was derived from the Gaelic "O Niallain," which means "descendant of Niall."

Nelan Early Origins



The surname Nelan was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster.

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Nelan Spelling Variations


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Nelan 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 Nelan revealed spelling variations, including O'Neilan, O'Neylan, Neilan, Neylan, O'Nelan and others.

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Nelan Early History


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Nelan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nelan research. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1570 is included under the topic Early Nelan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nelan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nelan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Nelan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Nelan family came to North America quite early:

Nelan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Humphry Nelan, who arrived in America between the years 1735 and 1743

Nelan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J A Nelan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Nelan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Nelan, who arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • James Nelan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Michael Nelan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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    The Nelan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nelan 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 October 2014 at 11:56.

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