Toolan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Toolan family

The surname Toolan 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 Toolan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toolan research. Another 102 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1590, 1128, 1180, 1225, 1327, 1670 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Toolan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Toolan Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Toolan dating from that time include Toole, Tool, O'Toole, O'Tool, Tooley, Toile and many more.

Early Notables of the Toolan 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 1327...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Toolan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Canada Toolan migration to Canada +

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Toolan or a variant listed above:

Toolan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Toolan, aged 21 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "James Moran" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Toolan (post 1700) +

  • Rebecca Toolan, American television actress best known for playing Teena Mulder, Fox Mulder's mother, on The X-Files
  • Eoin Toolan (b. 1982), Irish professional rugby union football coach
  • John A. Toolan Jr. (b. 1954), retired United States Marine Corps lieutenant general,Commanding General, United States Marine Corps Forces, Pacific


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 58)


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