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

Nowlen Early Origins



The surname Nowlen 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.

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Nowlen Spelling Variations


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Nowlen 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 Nowlen revealed many variations, including Nolan, O'Nolan, Nowlan, O'Nowlan, O'Nowland, Knowlan, Noland and many more.

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Nowlen Early History


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Nowlen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nowlen research. Another 412 words (29 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Nowlen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nowlen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nowlen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Nowlen 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Nowlen family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Nowlen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Nowlen, who landed in Virginia in 1695

Nowlen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Nowlen, aged 38, landed in Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Michael Nowlen, aged 29, arrived in America in 1821

Nowlen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann Nowlen, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nowlen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nowlen (post 1700)



  • Ralph Nowlen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1948, 1956 (alternate)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. 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).
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    11. ...

    The Nowlen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nowlen 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 16 November 2015 at 10:53.

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