Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, O'Toolan appeared as O Tuathail, which is derived from "tuathal," which means "people mighty."
Early Origins of the O'Toolan family
The surname O'Toolan 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'Toolan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Toolan 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'Toolan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Toolan Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of the surname O'Toolan can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include Toole, Tool, O'Toole, O'Tool, Tooley, Toile and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Toolan 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 1327... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Toolan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Toolan family to the New World and Oceana
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the O'Toolan 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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