Oland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this is the local surname. Local surnames, such as Oland, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. Originally, these place names were prefixed by "de," which means "from" in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The Oland family originally lived in the settlement of Llanaghan, which is in the Welsh county of Brecon.
Early Origins of the Oland family
The surname Oland was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they were granted lands by Strongbow after his invasion of Ireland in 1172.
Early History of the Oland family
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Oland Spelling Variations
It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Oland that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Oland has existed in the various shapes: Lanigan, Lanahan, Lenaghan, Lanaghan, Linehan and many more.
Early Notables of the Oland family (pre 1700)
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Oland migration to the United States +
Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Oland:
Oland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Diederick Oland, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1828 
- Catharine Oland, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1849 
Contemporary Notables of the name Oland (post 1700) +
- Victor de Bedia Oland OC, ED, CD (1913-1983), Canadian 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia from 1968 to 1973
- Warner Oland (1879-1938), Swedish American actor most remembered for his screen role as the detective Charlie Chan
- Philip W. Oland OC (1910-1996), Canadian businessman and former chairperson and CEO of Moosehead Breweries Limited
- Oland Cecil "Lou" Dials (1904-1994), American baseball player in the Negro Leagues
Historic Events for the Oland family +
- Mr. Conrad G. Oland (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion 
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The Oland Motto +
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: Patriae infelici fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to an unhappy country.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance