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Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Tolan appeared as O Tuathail, which is derived from "tuathal," which means "people mighty."

Tolan Early Origins



The surname Tolan was first found in County Kildare (Irish:Cill Dara), ancient homeland of the Kildare based Uí Dúnlainge (Kings of Leinster), located in the Province of Leinster, seated at O'Toole's Castle, where they were descended from Tuathal, King of Leinster who died in 950 A.D.

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Tolan Spelling Variations


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Tolan Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Tolan revealed spelling variations, including Toole, Tool, O'Toole, O'Tool, Tooley, Toile and many more.

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Tolan Early History


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Tolan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tolan research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1327, 1590, 1128, 1180, 1225, 1327, 1670 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Tolan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Tolan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Tolan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was St. Laurence O'Toole; Lorcán Ua Tuathail, also known as St Laurence O'Toole, (1128-1180), Archbishop of Dublin, canonized in 1225 by Pope Honorius III; and Adam Dubh Ó Tuathail, died...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tolan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Tolan name:

Tolan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Tolan, who arrived in America in 1865

Tolan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Tolan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849

Tolan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Neal Tolan arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Tolan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Tolan (post 1700)



  • John Harvey Tolan (1877-1947), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from California 7th District, 1935-47
  • Thomas J. Tolan (1830-1883), American architect, father of Brentwood S. Tolan
  • Stephanie S. Tolan, American author of children's books, perhaps best known for her book Surviving the Applewhites which received a Newbery Honor in 2003
  • Peter Tolan (b. 1958), American two-time Primetime Emmy Award winning television producer, director, and screenwriter, known for Analyze This (1999), Analyze That (2002) and Bedazzled (2000)
  • Michael Tolan (b. 1925), born Seymour Tuchow, an American actor, known for his work in All That Jazz (1979), Presumed Innocent (1990) and The Doctors and the Nurses (1962)
  • Johnnie Tolan (1917-1986), American racecar driver, inducted in the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame in 1988
  • John Tolan (b. 1959), American historian of religious and cultural relations between the Arab and Latin worlds in the Middle Ages
  • John Harvey Tolan (1877-1947), American politician, U.S. Representative from California (1935-1947)
  • Thomas Edward "Eddie" Tolan (1908-1967), American athlete and sprinter, nicknamed the "Midnight Express"
  • Brentwood S. Tolan (1855-1923), American architect, best known for his courthouse designs including the Allen County Courthouse and the Whitley County Courthouse
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    11. ...

    The Tolan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Tolan 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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