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Whelan
English
  • Origin:
    • Fear Manach.
  • Surname History:
    1. A corruption of Ó haoláin, which see, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    2. A variant of Ó haoláin, which see, in the spoken language of connacht. see also Ó holáin, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    3. Descendant of faolán' (diminutive of faol, a wolf); a variant of Ó faoláin (which see) through the aspiration of the initial f; a common surname, in the 16th century, in offaly and leix, whence it spread into other parts of ireland. owing to the different dialectical pronunciations of 'ao,' it is variously anglicised in the different provinces. in munster, it is generally anglicised heelan; hyland is the usual form in leinster; holland in ulster. in connacht, it is sometimes corrupted to Ó hioláin, Ó holáin, Ó hoileáin, and Ó hÓileáin, anglicised hillane, hyland, holland, &;c, but the origin is clearly shown by the fact that these forms are nearly always also anglicised whelan. compare with Ó haodhagáin, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
    4. 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 )
    5. 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 )
    6. An attenuated form of Ó faoláin, which see, (Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall )
  • Sources:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge agus an tAinmneoir

Other Variations

Alternative Language

  • Gaeilge
    Source:
    An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge agus an tAinmneoir
  • Gaeilge
    Source:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall
  • Gaeilge
    Source:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall
  • Gaeilge
    Source:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall
  • Gaeilge
    Source:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall
  • Gaeilge
    Source:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall
  • Gaeilge
    Source:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall
    An Sloinnteoir Gaeilge agus an tAinmneoir
  • Gaeilge
    Source:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall
  • Gaeilge
    Source:
    Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall
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