Origins Available: English
The surname Nilan was derived from the Gaelic "O Niallain," which means "descendant of Niall."
Early Origins of the Nilan family
The surname Nilan was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland
in the province of Munster.
Early History of the Nilan family
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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.
Early Notables of the Nilan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Nilan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Canada in the 19th Century
- Mrs. Anna Nilan, aged 30 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 CITATION[CLOSE]
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. 50)
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"