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The old Gaelic name used by the Sullivan family in Ireland was O Suileabhain, which is partially derived from the word "suil," which means "eye." The surname probably means either one-eyed or hawk-eyed.

Sullivan Early Origins



The surname Sullivan was first found in the territory of Cahir in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster. The Sullivan spelling is by far the most common name in Munster, and is predominantly found in the counties of Cork and Kerry, with a smaller but still significant population in County Limerick.

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Sullivan Spelling Variations


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Sullivan Spelling Variations



One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer because one must realize that attempting to record a Gaelic name in English is a daunting task at the best of times. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Sullivan family name include O'Sullivan, Sullivan and others.

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Sullivan Early History


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Sullivan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sullivan research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1590, 1660, 1700, 1745, 1748, 1784, and 1837 are included under the topic Early Sullivan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sullivan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sullivan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was Phillip O'Sullivan Beare (1590-1660), soldier in the Spanish army who is best remembered as a historian; Colonel John O'Sullivan (b...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sullivan 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



The 18th and 19th centuries saw many Irish families immigrate to North America in search of land and opportunities. The largest influx of Irish immigrants to the United States and British North America came during the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine laid waste to their homeland. Hundreds of thousands left the island in an attempt to escape the starvation and disease it brought. Although the arrival of such a large number of destitute Irish was not welcomed by the established population in the United States and what would become known as Canada at the time, these Irish were an essential element to the rapid development of these growing industrial nations. They filled the demand for the cheap labor needed for the work in factories and in the construction of bridges, roads, canals, and railways. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many immigrants bearing the name of Sullivan or one of its variants:

Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jael Sullivan, who landed in Massachusetts in 1654
  • Onoris Sullivan, who landed in Virginia in 1656
  • Teage Sullivan, who arrived in Maryland in 1658
  • Florence Sullivan, who arrived in South Carolina in 1669
  • Jeremy Sullivan, who landed in Maryland in 1670

Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alice Sullivan, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Joan Sullivan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Austis Sullivan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Honour Sullivan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • David Sullivan, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Corn Sullivan, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Dennis H Sullivan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Sylvester Sullivan, aged 21, landed in New York in 1812
  • Silvester Sullivan, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Michael J Sullivan, aged 15, arrived in America in 1822
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frank Sullivan, who landed in Mississippi in 1902

Sullivan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Sullivan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Daniel Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Dennis Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Darby Sullivan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Michael Sullivan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sullivan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Sullivan, who arrived in Quebec in 1803
  • John Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1808
  • John Sullivan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • Patrick Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1813
  • James Sullivan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1819
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sullivan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Sullivan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • James Sullivan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Michael Sullivan, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • John Sullivan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  • John Sullivan, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sullivan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Sullivan landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • John Sullivan landed in Mahurangi, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Ellen Sullivan, aged 29, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • John Sullivan, aged 10, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Daniel Sullivan, aged 8, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sullivan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sullivan (post 1700)



  • Leon Howard Sullivan (1922-2001), American Baptist minister, civil rights leader and social activist, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Franklin Leal Sullivan (1930-2016), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1953 to 1963
  • Dennis Burns Sullivan (1941-2015), American food executive, President of Vlasic Pickles
  • James F. Sullivan (b. 1857), United States Navy sailor, recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Leroy James Sullivan (b. 1933), American firearms inventor, including the M16 and the Ruger Mini-14
  • James Sullivan (1744-1808), American lawyer and politician, 7th Governor of Massachusetts (1807-1808)
  • Grant Sullivan (1924-2011), American actor, best known for his starring role as investigator Brett Clark in the television series, Pony Express
  • Harry Andrew Sullivan (1888-1919), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1909 season
  • Daniel A. "Dan" Sullivan (b. 1951), American politician, Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska (2009-)
  • Charles L. Sullivan (1924-1979), American politician, attorney and military pilot, 24th Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi from 1968 to 1972
  • ... (Another 21 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Sullivan Historic Events


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Sullivan Historic Events




Flight 191

  • Nancy T Sullivan, American from San Diego, California, USA, aged 32, who worked aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Helen  Sullivan (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Ethel  Sullivan (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Daniel  Sullivan (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mary  Sullivan (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Gerald  Sullivan (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • ... (Another 3 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Frank D Sullivan (b. 1906), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Ilkestone, Derbyshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Albert Sullivan (b. 1911), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Manchester, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Sullivan, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Florence Sullivan, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mrs. Julia Sullivan, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in Boston, Massachusetts, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George Sullivan, American 2nd Class passenger from Groton, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Emily Sullivan, American 2nd Class passenger from Groton, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. S. Sullivan, aged 25, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9

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Suggested Readings for the name Sullivan


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Suggested Readings for the name Sullivan



  • Wild Bill Sullivan, King of the Hollow by Ann Hammons.
  • Adam's Ancestors by Thomas Nathan Clark.

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Motto


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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: Lamh foistenach abú
Motto Translation: The steady hand to victory.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826

Other References

  1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  3. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Sullivan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sullivan 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.

This page was last modified on 23 November 2016 at 15:59.

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