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Phelan
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  • Surname History:
    1. See Ó faoilleacháin, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    2. Descendant of fialán' (diminutive of fial, generous); the name of a distinguished bardic family in the north of ireland. its anglicised forms can hardly be distinguished from those of Ó faoláin, which see, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    3. Descendant of faolán' (dim of faol, a wolf); the name (1) of a numerous and once powerful munster family, who before the anglo-norman invasion were lords of the decies, in the present counties of waterford and tipperary; and (2) of a numerous leinster family who were anciently seated at magh lacha, a plain in the barony of kells, co. kilkenny. in the 16th century the name was found in nearly all the counties of munster and leinster, and also in roscommon and galway. it was often pronounced Ó fualáin, and, by the aspiration of the initial f, changed to Ó haoláin and Ó hualáin, which see, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    4. Descendant of faoilleachán' (diminutive of faoilleach, joyful; perhaps born in carnival time, the month of rejoicing, from middle of january to middle of february); an old westmeath surname. Ó haoilleacháin (which see) is a munster variant, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    5. An attenuated form of Ó faoláin, which see, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
  • Sources:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge agus an tAinmneoir

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