Sullivan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Sullivan family

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.

Early History of the Sullivan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sullivan research. Another 127 words (9 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.

Sullivan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: O'Sullivan, Sullivan and others.

Early Notables of the Sullivan family (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.


United States Sullivan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jael Sullivan, who landed in Massachusetts in 1654 [1]
  • Onoris Sullivan, who landed in Virginia in 1656 [1]
  • Teage Sullivan, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [1]
  • Florence Sullivan, who arrived in South Carolina in 1669 [1]
  • Jeremy Sullivan, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [1]
Sullivan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alice Sullivan, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [1]
  • Joan Sullivan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • Austis Sullivan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Honour Sullivan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • David Sullivan, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765 [1]
  • ... (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, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Dennis H Sullivan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1811 [1]
  • Sylvester Sullivan, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Silvester Sullivan, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Michael J Sullivan, aged 15, who arrived in America in 1822 [1]
  • ... (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 [1]

Canada Sullivan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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.)

Australia Sullivan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sullivan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Sullivan, Irish convict who was convicted in Kerry, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Miss Mary Sullivan, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Canada" in March 1810, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Miss Mary Sullivan, (Margaret), (b. 1793), aged 19, English needle woman who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Emu" in October 1812, the ship was captured and the passengers put ashore, the convicts were then transported aboard the "Broxburnebury" in January 1812 arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1845 [4]
  • Miss Susannah Sullivan, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Broxbournebury" in January 1814, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Miss Hannah Sullivan, Irish country servant who was convicted in Cork City for 7 years, transported aboard the "Canada" on 21st March 1817, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Sullivan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sullivan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edward Sullivan, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • John Sullivan, who landed in Mahurangi, Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Ellen Sullivan, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • John Sullivan, aged 10, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • Daniel Sullivan, aged 8, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • Ira Sullivan (1931-2020), American jazz trumpeter, flugelhornist, flautist, saxophonist, and composer from Washington, D.C
  • Ann Sullivan (1929-2020), American animator, who primarily worked for Disney Animation; she died from COVID-19
  • Dennis Burns Sullivan (1941-2015), American food executive, President of Vlasic Pickles
  • Patrick Joseph "Pat" Sullivan (1950-2019), American professional football player and college coach, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1991
  • David "Sully" Sullivan (1963-1991), aged 28, American crew member fromNew York City of the Andrea Gail, lost during the "Perfect Storm" of 1991; the crew members' plight was inspiration of the 1997 book and a 2000 film adaptation of the same name
  • Franklin Leal Sullivan (1930-2016), American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played from 1953 to 1963
  • 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)
  • ... (Another 31 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [6]
Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Helen  Sullivan (1910-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Miss Ethel  Sullivan (1912-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Mr. Daniel  Sullivan (1877-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Mrs. Mary  Sullivan (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • Mr. Gerald  Sullivan (1914-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [7]
  • ... (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 and died in the sinking [8]
  • Mr. Albert Sullivan (b. 1911), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Manchester, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Sullivan, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [9]
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 [10]
  • 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 [10]
  • Mr. George Sullivan, American 2nd Class passenger from Groton, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mrs. Emily Sullivan, American 2nd Class passenger from Groton, Connecticut, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]
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 [12]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Aubry R. Sullivan, American Coxswain working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [13]


The Sullivan 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Sullivan +

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

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 9th December 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/canada
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Emu
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/broxbournebury
  6. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area
  7. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  9. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  13. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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