There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Olloman originally appeared in Gaelic as O hUallachain, which is derived from the word "uallach," which means "proud."
Early Origins of the Olloman family
The surname Olloman was first found in Thomond
(Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), literally North Thomond
, the pre-Norman Kingdom of Thomond, since divided between counties Limerick
and Clare, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Olloman family
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Olloman Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Olloman family name include Holohan, O'Holohan, Mulholland, Highland, Hoolohan, Houlihan, Hooligan, Whelton, Oulihan, Oulahen, Whoolahan and many more.
Early Notables of the Olloman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Olloman family to the New World and Oceana
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Olloman to North America: Daniel, David, John, Michael, Patrick and Owen Hollahan and David and Michael Mulholand, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.