Many variations of the name O'Lorcen 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'Lorcen family
The surname O'Lorcen 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'Lorcen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Lorcen 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'Lorcen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Lorcen Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations
of the surname O'Lorcen 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'Lorcen 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'Lorcen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Lorcen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence
began, many Irish settlers took the side of England
, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America and Australia
. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name O'Lorcen or a variant listed above, including: William Larkin, who settled in Boston in 1630; Elizabeth Larkin, who settled in Virginia in 1637; Benjamin Larkin settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1720.