The old Gaelic name used by the Sullivent 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 Sullivent family
The surname Sullivent 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 Sullivent family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sullivent 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 Sullivent History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Sullivent Spelling Variations
One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Sullivent were found in the many archives researched. These included O'Sullivan, Sullivan and others.
Early Notables of the Sullivent 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 Sullivent Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sullivent family to the New World and Oceana
Many Irish families
boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination at that time. Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the Sullivent family name: Andrew, Arthur, Daniel, Denis, John, Michael, Patrick, Simon, Timothy and William O'Sullivan, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Anne, Bridget, Cornelius, Daniel, Denis, Ellen, James, Jeremiah, John, Julia, Mary, Owen, Patrick, Terence and William Sullivan all arrived in Boston in 1849.
The Sullivent 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.