Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Tollan appeared as O Tuathail, which is derived from "tuathal," which means "people mighty."
Early Origins of the Tollan family
The surname Tollan 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.
Early History of the Tollan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tollan research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1590, 1128, 1180, 1225, 1327, 1670 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Tollan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tollan Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Tollan revealed many variations, including Toole, Tool, O'Toole, O'Tool, Tooley, Toile and many more.
Early Notables of the Tollan family (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 Tollan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tollan family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families
for the distant shores of North America and Australia
. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England
. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence
. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Tollan family relocated to North American shores quite early:
Tollan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Annie Tollan, aged 15, who landed in America from Greenock, in 1901
- Bridget Tollan, aged 10, who emigrated to America from Greenock, in 1901
- James Tollan, aged 8, who landed in America from Greenock, in 1901
- Charles Tollan, aged 34, who landed in America from Blyth, England, in 1921
- Hannah Tollan, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Blyth, England, in 1921
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