Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, O'Tolen appeared as O Tuathail, which is derived from "tuathal," which means "people mighty."
Early Origins of the O'Tolen family
The surname O'Tolen was first found in County Kildare
(Irish:Cill Dara), ancient homeland of the Kildare
based Uí Dúnlainge (Kings of Leinster), located in the Province of Leinster
, seated at O'Toole's Castle, where they were descended from Tuathal, King of Leinster
who died in 950 A.D.
Early History of the O'Tolen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Tolen research.Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1590, 1128, 1180, 1225, 1327, 1670 and 1722 are included under the topic Early O'Tolen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Tolen Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
of the name O'Tolen dating from that time include Toole, Tool, O'Toole, O'Tool, Tooley, Toile and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Tolen family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was St. Laurence O'Toole; Lorcán Ua Tuathail, also known as St Laurence O'Toole, (1128-1180), Archbishop of Dublin
, canonized in 1225 by Pope Honorius III; and Adam Dubh Ó Tuathail, died... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Tolen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Tolen 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'Tolen family relocated to North American shores quite early: Ann Tool arrived in America in 1702; Christian Tool settled in Virginia in 1726; John Tool settled in Maryland in 1775; followed by Robert in 1776; James Tool settled in Boston Mass in 1766.
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