The original Gaelic form of O'Boilant was O Baoigheallain.
Early Origins of the O'Boilant family
The surname O'Boilant was first found in Fermanagh
(Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland
, Province of Ulster
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, and were descended from the Heremon
line of Kings, more specifically King Colla da Crioch, one of the three famous Kings of Colla, 357 A.D.
Early History of the O'Boilant family
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O'Boilant 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 O'Boilant were encountered in the archives: Boylan, Boyland, O'Boylan and others.
Early Notables of the O'Boilant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Boilant family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name O'Boilant: George Boylan who settled in Barbados in 1654; Charles, James, John, Michael, several Patricks, Thomas Boylan, arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.