Whalen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Many variations of the name Whalen 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.

Early Origins of the Whalen family

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

Important Dates for the Whalen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whalen research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Whalen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whalen Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Whalen were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Phelan, O'Phelan, Whelan, O'Failin, Phalen, Phalon, Phaelan and many more.

Early Notables of the Whalen family (pre 1700)

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Whalen migration to the United States

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 Whalen or a variant listed above:

Whalen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Whalen, who arrived in America in 1797 [1]
Whalen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Whalen, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Joseph Whalen, aged 28, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1844 [1]
  • Morris Whalen, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • Edward Whalen, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1847 [1]
  • Manis Whalen, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Whalen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ann Whalen, aged 25, who landed in America from Dublin, in 1900
  • Annie Whalen, aged 11, who settled in America from Lismore, in 1901
  • Edward Whalen, aged 29, who landed in America, in 1909
  • Delia Whalen, aged 19, who immigrated to the United States from Kilrush, Ireland, in 1914
  • Annie Whalen, aged 18, who landed in America from Cloonally, Galway, Ireland, in 1915
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Whalen migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Whalen Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Whalen, aged 29, who settled in St Johns, Newfoundland in 1905

Contemporary Notables of the name Whalen (post 1700)

  • Sean Whalen (b. 1964), American actor from Washington D.C., known for The People Under the Stairs (1991), Twister (1996) and Never Been Kissed (1999)
  • William Jerome Whalen III (1940-2006), 10th director of the United States National Park Service
  • William Joseph Whalen (1926-2008), American non-fiction writer
  • Thomas "Tom" Michael Whalen III (1934-2002), American politician, three-term mayor of Albany, New York
  • Lindsay Marie Whalen (b. 1982), American professional basketball player
  • Joe Whalen (1916-1994), American tennis player
  • Grover Aloysius Whalen (1886-1962), American politician and businessman, president of the New York World Fair Corporation
  • Philip Whalen (1923-2002), American poet
  • James J. Whalen (1927-2001), American psychologist
  • James Francis Whalen (b. 1943), former professional American football player
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Whalen family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Georgina  Whalen, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [2]
  • Mr. Patrick  Whalen, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [2]
  • Mr. William  Whalen, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [2]
  • Mr. Thomas  Whalen (1900-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [2]
  • Master John Byron  Whalen (1905-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
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