The family surname Whelan is an anglicisation of the Irish surname, ? Faol?in. The surname originates from the Middle Irish '?a Fael?in' the name of the 10th to 11th century ruling dynasy of the D?isi, a population group inhabiting the area of the modern county of Waterford and south county Tipperary in the early medieval period. The word "faol?n" is derived from the Old Irish word "fael?n" meaning a small wolf.
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Hi, wondering if anybody out there can translate the Whelan motto shown on the shield, as my son would love to know, any help would be much appreciated, thanks from us in Oz
I am trying to find out my family history and which crest is actually my familys whelan crestcoat of arms... when my family lived in the Dakotas some time ago, their house was burnt down and the family historydocuments and anything showing our history was pretty much lost... We live in california now and my great great grandfather is Cleophus j. Dowd, the priest who was known as Utahs most enigmatic outlawlawman and had trained butch Cassidy and the Sun-Dance Kid, and i can only hope that this somehow helps in my goal to find out my family history and crests...
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