Nowlen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Nowlen family

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.

Important Dates for the Nowlen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nowlen research. Another 95 words (7 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Nowlen family (pre 1700)

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

Nowlen migration to the United States

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 [1]
Nowlen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Nowlen, aged 38, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1812 [1]
  • Michael Nowlen, aged 29, who arrived in America in 1821 [1]

Nowlen migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nowlen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ann Nowlen, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833

Contemporary Notables of the name Nowlen (post 1700)

  • Ralph Nowlen, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1948, 1956 (alternate) [2]

Citations

  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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