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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Scanlan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Scannlain or Mac Scannlain, which are both derived from the word "scannal," which means "contention."

Scanlan Early Origins



The surname Scanlan was first found in County Louth (Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster. "The Mac Scanlans were a sept of Louth, from whom the ancient locality of Bally Mac Scanlan took its name. The first of the family mentioned by D'Alton is Patrick O'Scanlan, who was made archbishop or Armagh in 1261. " [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
According to O'Hart, the family claim descent from the Heremon Kings of Ireland, more specifically through the O'Shaughnessey pedigree as Tuadan, brother of Duach was the ancestor of O'Scannla which is Anglicized as Scanlan. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
However, MacLysaght claims that there are two quite distinct septs; the O Scannlain of Munster and MacScannlain of Louth. The latter claimed Bally Mac Scanlan (Ballymacscanlan) as their ancient homeland. He continues pointing out that there are six places names Ballymacscanlan throughout Ireland eluding to the family's widespread distribution. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

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Scanlan Spelling Variations


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Scanlan Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Scanlan were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Scanlan, O'Scannell, O'Scanlan, O'Scanlon, MacScanlan, Scanlin and many more.

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Scanlan Early History


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Scanlan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Scanlan research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 127 and 1272 are included under the topic Early Scanlan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scanlan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Scanlan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Scanlan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Scanlan family in North America:

Scanlan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Scanlan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Ann Scanlan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772

Scanlan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anne, Charles, Daniel, Denis, Edward, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Thomas, Timothy, and William Scanlan, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870
  • James Scanlan, who landed in America in 1810
  • Peter Scanlan, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • Michael Scanlan, aged 34, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Morris Scanlan, who arrived in New York in 1828
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Scanlan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Scanlan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • Stephen Scanlan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • Laurence Scanlan, aged 50, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Scanlan, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland

Scanlan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Scanlan, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • Ellen Scanlan, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Hooghly"
  • Martin Scanlan, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • John Scanlan, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"
  • Michael Scanlan, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Scanlan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Scanlan, aged 18, a dairymaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • Margaret Scanlan, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Mary Scanlan, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Ellen Scanlan, aged 21, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Eliza Scanlan, aged 22, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Eastminster" in 1880

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Contemporary Notables of the name Scanlan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Scanlan (post 1700)



  • William J. Scanlan (1856-1898), American composer and actor of musical theater
  • Neal Scanlan, American Academy Award winning animation director, known for his work on Prometheus (2012), Babe (1995) and The Golden Compass (2007)
  • Luke Scanlan (1841-1915), American farmer and politician, member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1913
  • Joseph Lawrence Scanlan (b. 1929), American film and television director, known for his work on Another World (1964), Knots Landing (1979) and Largo Winch (2001)
  • Jerry Lafaele Scanlan (b. 1957), nicknamed "The Snake", a former American NFL football tight end for the Washington Redskins (1980-1981)
  • Father Michael Scanlan (b. 1931), American Catholic priest, author, and Chancellor of the Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Robert Richard "R.R." Scanlan (1801-1876), Irish painter and portraitist
  • Thomas Scanlan (1874-1930), Irish nationalist politician and MP in the House of Commons
  • John Scanlan (1930-1997), Irish born, Bishop of Honolulu
  • Tuna Williard Scanlan (1934-2014), New Zealand professional middle/light heavyweight boxer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Scanlan Historic Events


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Scanlan Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. James Scanlan (d. 1912), aged 22, Irish Third Class passenger from Rathkeale, Limerick who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  3. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Scanlan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Scanlan 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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