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The Irish surname Phelan derives from the Gaelic O'Faolain, descendant of Faolain which itself comes from the Gaelic faol meaning "wolf."

The name Phelan is synonymous with Whelan, being simply variations in the English spelling of the Gaelic surname O'Faolain (also written O'Faoileain and O'hAolain).  Whelan is generally a more common variant than Phelan, although 80% of persons named Phelan come from Counties Waterford and Kilkenny and adjacent areas. (cited indirectly, original source believed to be MacLysaght, Surnames of Ireland)

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What route did your Phelan ancestors take in North America?

Started by Frankie McGraw-Nicol Jul 29, 2014. 0 Replies

I have still not been able to find a starting point for my Phelans in Ireland. What I do know is that they were in Ontario, Canada mid-late 1850s and then left there for the U.S.  I have decades of…Continue


Started by Frankie McGraw-Nicol Jul 29, 2014. 0 Replies

Welcome!I am inviting all Phelan researchers to share their information, ask questions and hopefully make a connection with a new branch of your family tree!Continue

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