Whaling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Whaling 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Whaling family

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

Saint Fillan, Foilan or Felan (d. 777?), was an Irish missionary in Scotland in the middle of the eighth century. "His commemoration day in the Scottish calendar is 9 Jan. He was the son of Feredach, a prince in Munster, and Kentigerna, daughter of Kellach Cualann, king of Leinster, and sister to St. Congan. Being thrown into a river on his birth on account of deformity, he was rescued by St. Ibar. He became a monk at first in one of the monasteries of St. Munnu Fintan, and subsequently went from Ireland to the part of Argyll afterwards called Ross, where two churches, Kilkoan and Killellan, derive their names respectively from his uncle Congan and himself. A cave and a church were also named from him in Fife." [2]

Early History of the Whaling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Whaling research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1658 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Whaling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Whaling Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Whaling that are preserved in archival documents are Phelan, O'Phelan, Whelan, O'Failin, Phalen, Phalon, Phaelan and many more.

Early Notables of the Whaling family (pre 1700)

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Australia Whaling migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Whaling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Whaling, British Convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 25th June 1838, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. Andrew Whaling, (b. 1816), aged 22, Irish weaver born in Tipperary who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 10 years for robbery, transported aboard the "Earl Grey" on 27th July 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Patrick Whaling, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Clarke" on 3rd June 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • William Whaling, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • Darby Whaling, aged 20, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Whaling (post 1700) +

  • Marshall Whaling, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1940, 1944 [7]
  • John C. Whaling, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Jefferson County, 1929 [7]


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 19th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th August 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/earl-grey
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/david-clarke
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1858.shtml.
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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