Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, O'Tolent appeared as O Tuathail, which is derived from "tuathal," which means "people mighty."
Early Origins of the O'Tolent family
The surname O'Tolent 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'Tolent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Tolent 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'Tolent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Tolent 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'Tolent that are preserved in archival documents are Toole, Tool, O'Toole, O'Tool, Tooley, Toile and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Tolent 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'Tolent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Tolent family to the New World and Oceana
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the O'Tolent name: 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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