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Many variations of the name Whalan have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Faoilain, which is derived from the word faol, which means wolf.

Whalan Early Origins



The surname Whalan was first found in County Waterford (Irish: Port LŠirge), anciently the Deise region, on the South coast of Ireland in the Province of Munster.

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Whalan Spelling Variations


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Whalan Spelling Variations



A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Whalan include Phelan, O'Phelan, Whelan, O'Failin, Phalen, Phalon, Phaelan and many more.

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Whalan Early History


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Whalan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whalan research. Another 204 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Whalan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Whalan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whalan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Whalan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Whalan family came to North America quite early:

Whalan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Whalan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • John Whalan, aged 23, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1849
  • A.W. Whalan, who emigrated to the United States, in 1897
  • Annie Whalan, aged 18, who landed in America from Mohill, in 1898
  • Annie Whalan, aged 19, who settled in America from Rathagan, County Carlow, in 1898
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whalan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Wm. M Whalan, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Patrick Whalan, aged 28, who landed in America from Tralee, Ireland, in 1908
  • Teresa Whalan, aged 19, who emigrated to America from Tulla, Ireland, in 1909
  • Edward Whalan, aged 23, who landed in America from Cong, Ireland, in 1910
  • Mark Whalan, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Garadill, Ireland, in 1923

Whalan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Michael Whalan, aged 20, who settled in Colliers Newfoundland, in 1911

Whalan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Whalan, a stone-cutter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whalan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whalan (post 1700)



  • James Whalan, Australian settler who was granted 300 acres at Mount Druitt by Governor Ralph Darling in 1831, eponym of Whalan, a suburb of Sydney
  • Thomas Whalan (b. 1980), Australian water polo player who competed in the 2000, 2004 and the 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Paul Whalan, Australian political lobbyist, former politician

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 27 May 2014 at 16:47.

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