Last name: Nolan

This famous Irish surname is recorded in the varied spellings of O'Nolan, O'Noulane, O'Noland, O' Nowlan, and the short forms of Nolan, Nowlan, and Nowland. However spelt today it is an anglicized form of the original pre 12th century Gaelic O'Nullain, which translates loosely as 'The descendant of the crier', probably a reference to the first chief of the clan who held the hereditary office of herald to the Kings of Leinster. The chief was known as the Prince of Foherta, and he held the barony of Foherta, the modern barony of Forth. A branch of the family migrated to Connacht in the 16th Century and gained possession of extensive land tracts in Counties Galway and Mayo. A smaller branch settled in Corca Laoidh (South-West Cork) and here the name appeared as O'Huallachain meaning "proud" or "noble". The nameholders seem to have lost most of their holdings after the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 when they supported James 11nd, (1689 - 1690), the last king of Ireland. The name later gained prominence in the British Army. Captain Lewis Nolan (1818 - 1854), was the foremost exponent of Light Cavalry tactics, and it was he who carried the famous order for the charge of the Light Brigade. Owing to a misunderstanding between Nolan and Lord Lucan, the charge resulted in the total destruction of the Brigade, and the death of Nolan himself. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Teag O' Nuallain, which was dated 1672, in Lynch's register known as "De Praesulibus". This was during the reign of King Charles 11nd of England, known as "The Merry Monarch", 1660 - 1685. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.1685.

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cliff noland

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Rikki nolan

Nolan from England, Liverpool.

Michael Nolan
From Texas

Gary nolan
From Dublin Ireland

Mike Nolan
Hey all you Nolan people! N.J.

Emma Nolan
Hey there from Belfast! North of Ireland!

Nolan from Roscommon! Looking for more info about Nolans in ireland and around the world, also the role of the nolans during the 1916 rising.

Rebecca Nolan
Hi there!

Robert Nolan
Ling island New York

Ian Nolan
Born of Irishmen but named for a Scot. In central NY trying to find out more behind my families history. I come from a long line of Catholics who migrated to NY many years back.

Paula nolan
Was born in ky but has lived in ga all my life

Hello, If anybody has any info about this couple (Nolan-Brogan), let me know. Catherine Nolan (or Kate Nolan, Nowlan etc.) BIRTH 12 FEB 1813 (date is approx) • Ireland DEATH 6 NOV 1903 • St-Ferdinand d'Halifax, Québec, Canada 2nd great-grandmother She married William Brogan Marriage 2 Mar 1847 • St-Gilles de Lotbinière, Québec My tree on : Dion Leblanc Brogan Nolan Ouellet Mercier

Patrick Nolan
I'm an Irish traveller / gypsy and every other Nolan I know is one 2 and I'm from England

Nolan, Tynan, Brennan, Tierney and Delaney
I would like to know if I have any relatives in Ireland. They came from Coolmarks, Tiscoffin, Co Kilkenny. The first being Michael Nolan father of William b.about 1800 d.26.4.1873 married 30.1.1834 to Ann TYNAN their children Michael 1835-1911, Daniel 1837-1906, Kyran 1839-1919 (my Gr Gr grandfather), Thomas 1841-1887, Catherine 1843-1917 and Martin 1845-1896. Michael, Kyran, Thomas and Martin came to Australia about 1860. Daniel married 25.2.1873 to Catherine Maher their children William 1873-1936, Anne 1875-1900, John 1877-1948, Margaret 1879-?, Ellen 1881-? and Mary 1884-1984. Catherine married 19.8.1873 to Michael BRENNAN their children Michael 1831-1905, Mary 1874?, Anne 1877-?, John 1883-? and Geoffrey 1884-1907. Kyran married 17.3.1868 Johanna TIERNEY her parents John TIERNEY and Ann DELANEY. My name is Marion Whyte (NOLAN).

peter nolan
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