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MOYLAN Family History

Recorded as O'Moylan, Moylan, Moyle, Mullane, and Mullins, this interesting surname is of Irish origin. It is generally regarded as being from the pre 10th century Olde Gaelic surname O'Maolain, composed of the elements O', meaning male descendant of, and "Maolan", a byname meaning Tonsured One, and probably a reference to a monk or friar. Traditionally, Irish family names are taken from the heads of tribes, revered elders, or from some illustrious warrior. Moyle appears to be from County Wicklow, whilst Moylan is a Munster sept, which is now found mainly in counties Clare, Cork and Tipperary, but its early locational has not been determined.

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