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Where did the Irish O'Loughlin family come from? What is the Irish O'Loughlin family crest and coat of arms? When did the O'Loughlin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'Loughlin family history?

Before Irish names were translated into English, O'Loughlin had a Gaelic form of O Lochlainn, which is derived from a Norse personal name.


One's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer during the Middle Ages. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the O'Loughlin family name include Loughlin, O'Loughlin, Loughnane and others.

First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Loughlin research. Another 270 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1300, 1789, 1819, 1828, and 1842 are included under the topic Early O'Loughlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early O'Loughlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

O'Loughlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas O'Loughlin, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Bryan O'Loughlin, aged 26, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • Thomas O'Loughlin, aged 30, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Mary O'Loughlin, aged 23, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Maria O'Loughlin, aged 1, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849


  • Kathryn Ellen O'Loughlin (1894-1952), American Representative from Kansas
  • Francis H. "Silk" O'Loughlin (1870-1918), American Major League Baseball umpire
  • Meryl Abeles O'Loughlin (1933-2007), American television and film casting agent
  • Gerald Stuart O'Loughlin Jr. (1921-1967), American television, stage, and film actor and director, perhaps best known for his role as Harold Nye in the famous In Cold Blood (1967)
  • Chris O'Loughlin (1967-1992), American fencer at the 1992 Summer Olympics
  • Peadar O'Loughlin, Irish flute, fiddle, and uilleann pipes player
  • Ger "Sparrow" O'Loughlin (b. 1967), Irish former hurling manager and retired player
  • David O'Loughlin (b. 1978), Irish professional cyclist from Mayo
  • Aisling O'Loughlin (b. 1979), Irish journalist, newsreader and presenter
  • Luke O'Loughlin (b. 1985), Australian actor



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Anchora salutis
Motto Translation: The anchor of salvation.


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The O'Loughlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Loughlin 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.

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