Toolen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Toolen appeared as O Tuathail, which is derived from "tuathal," which means "people mighty."
Early Origins of the Toolen family
The surname Toolen 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 Toolen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Toolen 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 Toolen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Toolen Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Toolen are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Toole, Tool, O'Toole, O'Tool, Tooley, Toile and many more.
Early Notables of the Toolen 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...
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Toolen migration to the United States +
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Toolen family in North America:
Toolen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Michael Toolen, who landed in New York, NY in 1862 
Contemporary Notables of the name Toolen (post 1700) +
- Thomas Joseph Toolen (1886-1976), American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Mobile from 1927 to 1969
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)