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This notable Irish surname is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O'Niallain", descendant(s) of Niallain, itself a diminutive of the male given name Niall, from the Gaelic "niadh", champion. The legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages, High King of Ireland (377 - 405), is the earliest known bearer of the forename, and from him descend the great O'Neills, a branch of the ancient royal family of Tara. The O'Niallain sept belonged to the ancient territory of Tuathmhumhan (Thomond), comprising most of Co. Clare with adjacent parts of Counties Limerick and Tipperary. Written in modern Irish as "O'Neilan", this family were the original owners of Ballyally Castle near Ennis in Co...

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