Nowland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Nowland appeared as O Nuallain, which is derived from the Irish Gaelic word "nuall," meaning "shout."

Early Origins of the Nowland family

The surname Nowland was first found in County Carlow (Irish: Cheatharlach) a small landlocked area located in the province of Leinster in the South East of Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Nowland family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nowland research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Nowland History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Nowland Spelling Variations

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Nowland were encountered in the archives: Nolan, O'Nolan, Nowlan, O'Nowlan, O'Nowland, Knowlan, Noland and many more.

Early Notables of the Nowland family (pre 1700)

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


United States Nowland migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. 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 Nowland family came to North America quite early:

Nowland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Philip Nowland, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [1]
  • Shillman Nowland, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [1]
  • Thomas Nowland, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [1]
  • Richard Nowland, who landed in Maryland in 1679 [1]
  • Henry Nowland, who arrived in Maryland in 1679 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Nowland Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Nowland, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [1]
Nowland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Nowland, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]

Canada Nowland migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nowland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Nowland, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
Nowland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Nowland, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1824

Australia Nowland migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nowland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Nowland, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]
  • John Nowland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [3]
  • Murph Nowland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [4]
  • Susan Nowland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [4]
  • Martha Nowland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1839 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Nowland (post 1700) +

  • Eugene Nowland (b. 1879), American silent film director from Memphis, Tennessee, known for The Flight of the Duchess (1916)
  • Mark C. "Chris" Nowland (b. 1962), United States Air Force Lieutenant General, current Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements, Headquarters, United States Air Force
  • Ben Nowland (b. 1980), former American football offensive lineman from Jacksonville, Florida
  • Brigadier-General Bob Edward Nowland (1891-1974), American Commanding General Continental Division, Military Air Transport Service (1948-1950) [5]
  • Lambert D. Nowland, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Cecil County, 1834-36 [6]
  • C. F. M. Nowland, American politician, Delegate to Whig National Convention from Arkansas, 1839; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas at-large, 1846 [6]
  • Mary Josepha Nowland (1863-1935), Australian-born, New Zealand catholic nun and teacher
  • Raymond Clare Nowland (1894-1973), Australian architect from Sydney, many of his buildings are listed on the Queensland Heritage Register
  • Adam Christopher Nowland (b. 1981), English retired footballer from Preston who played 205 matches from 1998 to 2011; he now manages Washington Crossfire (2012-)


  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. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2014, March 26) Bob Nowland. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Nowland/Bob_Edward/USA.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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