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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.

Whalen Early Origins



The surname Whalen 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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Whalen Spelling Variations


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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.

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Whalen Early History


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Whalen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whalen research. Another 204 words (15 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.

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Whalen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Whalen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Whalen 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



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

Whalen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Whalen, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Joseph Whalen, aged 28, landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1844
  • Morris Whalen, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • Edward Whalen, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1847
  • Manis Whalen, who arrived in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • ... (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 emigrated 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 Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Whalen, aged 29, who settled in St Johns, Newfoundland in 1905

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Contemporary Notables of the name Whalen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Whalen (post 1700)



  • 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
  • Sean M. Whalen (b. 1964), American actor
  • Philip Whalen (1923-2002), American poet
  • James J. Whalen (1927-2001), American psychologist
  • James Francis Whalen (b. 1943), former professional American football player
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Whalen Historic Events


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Whalen Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Georgina† Whalen, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Patrick† Whalen, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William† Whalen, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Thomas† Whalen (1900-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master John Byron† Whalen (1905-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    11. ...

    The Whalen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Whalen 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 13 January 2017 at 16:14.

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