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Phelan Name Meaning

variant of Whelan. Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Fialáin ‘descendant of Fialán’, a personal name representing a diminutive of Fial, meaning ‘generous’, ‘modest’, ‘honorable’. This is the surname of a bardic family in northern Ireland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Whelan, Hearn, Keelan, Pallas, Geelan, Helin, Heelan, Pelan, Thelen

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Phelan Family Origin

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Phelan Family Occupations

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  • Labourer

    5%
  • Railway Porter

    4%
  • Boot Finisher

    3%
  • Coachman

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Phelan family was Coachman. Labourer, Railway Porter and Boot Finisher were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Phelan. The most common Phelan occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Phelan's were Labourers.

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Phelan Historical Records

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Phelan Life Expectancy

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