1,023 Cahalan members around the world
Cahalan Family HistoryThis is an anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic surname O'Cathalain. Recorded in manyspellings including the popular Callan, Cahillane, and Cahalane, and the rarer Cahalune and Cahalin, the surname almost everywhere seems to have lost the Gaelic prefix of "O". This formerly indicated a "male descendant of", plus in this case the personal name Cathalain - meaning "the little brave warrior", a nickname of the first chieftain of the clan, probably around the 10th century a.d.. The personal name is a compound of the elements "cath", meaning a warrior, with "cal", meaning brave and the diminutive suffix "ain".
Who have we missed?
Tell us about any famous Cahalan (or surname variant) you think we should add here. We will get our genealogists to check them out and add them to the list. Thanks!
Join the conversation with the Cahalan tribe
- Find your Cahalan ancestor
- Tell us about your Cahalan Family
- Tell us about your Cahalan ancestors
- Ask a question about the Cahalan history
- Leave a message for Cahalan family members
Invite more Cahalan family members!
Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the Cahalan tribe.
Family Coat of Arms Generator
Why not see what your family crest could look like based on your own family characteristics?Create Crest
Discover about where the Cahalan live around the world
Explore where tribe members live today!
Show off the Cahalan Family Crest…
Wear your crest with pride...plenty of products to choose from