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Before Irish names were translated into English, Olaughlin had a Gaelic form of O Lochlainn, which is derived from a Norse personal name.

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The surname Olaughlin was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

During the Middle Ages a name was spelt by scribes solely based on how it sounded, one's name could have been recorded many different ways during the life of its bearer. Numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Olaughlin family name. Variations found include Loughlin, O'Loughlin, Loughnane and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Olaughlin research. Another 270 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1300, 1789, 1819, 1828, and 1842 are included under the topic Early Olaughlin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Olaughlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Olaughlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ross O'Laughlin, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway

Olaughlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Patrick O'Laughlin, aged 45, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"
  • James O'Laughlin, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Olaughlin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Mary O'Laughlin, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wairoa" in 1877

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  • Mr. Herbert O'Laughlin (1909-1937), American President of Consumers Coal and Coke Co. from River Forest, Illinois, USA, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937
  • John Callan O'Laughlin (1873-1949), American journalist and publisher of the Army and Navy Journal
  • W. C. O'Laughlin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1956
  • Bernard J. O'Laughlin, American politician, Independent Candidate for U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1944


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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: Anchora salutis
Motto Translation: The anchor of salvation.

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  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  8. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Olaughlin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Olaughlin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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