Many variations of the name O'Lorcan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Lorcain, which is derived from the old personal name
Lorc, which means rough or fierce.
Early Origins of the O'Lorcan family
The surname O'Lorcan was first found in County Galway
(Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht
, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the O'Lorcan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Lorcan research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1528, 1591, 1564, 1580, 1619 and 1609 are included under the topic Early O'Lorcan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Lorcan Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname O'Lorcan were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Larkin, O'Larkin and others.
Early Notables of the O'Lorcan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thomas Lorkin (c.1528–1591), an English churchman, academic and physician, Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge from 1564; and William... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Lorcan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Lorcan family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families
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 O'Lorcan family relocated to North American shores quite early: William Larkin, who settled in Boston in 1630; Elizabeth Larkin, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Benjamin Larkin settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1720.