Phalon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Phalon have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Faoilain, which is derived from the word faol, which means wolf. [1]

Early Origins of the Phalon family

The surname Phalon was first found in County Waterford (Irish: Port Láirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster.

Saint Fillan, Foilan or Felan (d. 777?), was an Irish missionary in Scotland in the middle of the eighth century. "His commemoration day in the Scottish calendar is 9 Jan. He was the son of Feredach, a prince in Munster, and Kentigerna, daughter of Kellach Cualann, king of Leinster, and sister to St. Congan. Being thrown into a river on his birth on account of deformity, he was rescued by St. Ibar. He became a monk at first in one of the monasteries of St. Munnu Fintan, and subsequently went from Ireland to the part of Argyll afterwards called Ross, where two churches, Kilkoan and Killellan, derive their names respectively from his uncle Congan and himself. A cave and a church were also named from him in Fife." [2]

Early History of the Phalon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phalon research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1658 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Phalon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phalon Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Phalon dating from that time include Phelan, O'Phelan, Whelan, O'Failin, Phalen, Phalon, Phaelan and many more.

Early Notables of the Phalon family (pre 1700)

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United States Phalon migration to the United States +

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Phalon or a variant listed above:

Phalon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Phalon, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1840 [3]
  • John Phalon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1867 [3]
  • Michael Phalon, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Argonauto" from Montego Bay, Jamaica [4]
Phalon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Margaret Phalon, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1904 aboard the ship "Teutonic" from Liverpool, England [5]
  • Charles Phalon, aged 62, originally from Paris France, arrived in New York in 1911 aboard the ship "Lusitania" from Liverpool, England [6]


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6Y7-KJ8 : 6 December 2014), Michael Phalon, 06 Sep 1893; citing departure port Montego Bay, Jamaica, arrival port New York, ship name Argonauto, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN9Z-C3V : 6 December 2014), Margaret Phalon, 22 Sep 1904; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Teutonic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJP5-BPR : 6 December 2014), Charles Phalon, 03 Feb 1911; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Lusitania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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