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Origins Available: English, Irish


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

Nilan Early Origins



The surname Nilan 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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Nilan Spelling Variations


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

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Nilan Early History


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Nilan Early History



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

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Nilan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nilan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Nilan 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Nilan:

Nilan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Nilan, who settled in Boston 1875

Nilan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Nilan, aged 41, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • William Nilan, aged 15, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"

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Nilan Family Crest Products


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