Ohalloran Family History
The family history of the ancient name O'Halloran
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name O'Halloran
include Halloran, O'Holleran and Holleran. The O'Hallorans had two distinct septs.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
The Galway sept had their territory near Lough Corrib and retained their leading position in Iar-Connacht up until the end of the sixteenth century. The Clare sept were located in Ogonneloe, beside Lough Derg and they were of the same origin as the MacNamaras of Thomond. This sept produced most of the notable bearers of the name. Sylvester O'Halloran, 1728-1807, was a surgeon, historian, antiquary and Irish language enthusiast, and his brother Rev. Joseph Ignatius O'Halloran, S.J. 1718-1800, was professor of Philosophy at Bordeaux. The descendants of both septs are today numerous in Counties Clare and Galway. The variant Holleran is mostly found in Counties Mayo and Galway.The O'Halloran
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including O'Halloran