O'Nolan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, O'Nolan appeared as O Nuallain, which is derived from the Irish Gaelic word "nuall," meaning "shout."

Early Origins of the O'Nolan family

The surname O'Nolan 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 O'Nolan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Nolan research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early O'Nolan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'Nolan Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname O'Nolan that are preserved in archival documents are Nolan, O'Nolan, Nowlan, O'Nowlan, O'Nowland, Knowlan, Noland and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Nolan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the O'Nolan family

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name O'Nolan to North America: Catherine Noland, who sailed to Maryland in 1655.

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