Nolan Family History


DRAFT – This burgeoning online Nolan history book is a tribute to the early founding members of Clan O Nolan, those who, during the early years of the Clan starting in 1995, set the wheels in motion to revive the bonds of friendship and kinship of the ancient Clann O Nuallain (aka Nolan Clan and Clan O Nolan) , a clan steeped in history and with origins fading into the “Mists of time”, going back to the 4th century BC when Ugaine Mor, its “famous” ancestor, the “Nuallain”, was Ard Ri (protector and law giver) for most of the Celtic tribes in north-western Europe.


Introduction – Draft

The Mists of Time

The Mists of Time – Draft Outline

The Family Name

The Family Name – Draft

The Family Coat of Arms

The Family Coat of Arms – Draft

DNA & the Many Bloodlines

DNA & Many Blood Lines – Draft


Migrations – Preliminary Draft

Global Presence

Global Presence – Draft

Modern History

The Modern History chapter ( Draft Outline) will be written based upon available Nolan-related historical anecdotes found in the first Nolan history book (O Nolan – the History of a People) published in the Millenium year, Nolan Clan newsletter articles published between 1997 and 2018), a personal collection of historical anecdotes and other historical anecdotes gleaned from various books and publications e,g, the 1916 Easter Rebellion Anecdotes collected by the Nolan Clan.

Notable Family Stories

The Notable Family Stories chapter (Draft Outline) will be written based upon selected representative family stories taken from this website’s Family Stories knowledge base and also on stories found in the first Nolan history book, “O Nolan – history of a People” by Fr. John Nolan and Art Kavanagh published under the auspices of the Nolan Clan.

You are welcome to volunteer to help writing a family saga about any Nolan family of your choice.

Some Famous Nolans

The Some Famous Nolans chapter (links to online sources being considered) will be written based upon available online sources

Final Comments

Given its online nature, just like for Wikipedia articles and WikiTree family trees, this book will never be “finished” in the traditional sense but, hopefully will be continally improved (Kai Zen philiosophy) as more and more Nolan family researchers contribute additional information.

Drawing upon my many years of experience in researching and writing Nolan family history articles primarily for the Nolan Clan Newsletter (2004-2018) and also for the Ballon-Rathoe Chronicle ( 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010) and the Carloviana magazine (one or two articles), as time permits, I will be expanding upon the seed material currently in the book, hoping to complete the first draft of a printable version of the book (PDF file) by the end of 2021.

You are welcome to volunteer to help me with this book project .


Roger Nowlan, webmaster and editor (Email Me )

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