Phelan Family History

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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

What did your Phelan ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Builders Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Phelan. 3% of Phelan men worked as a Builders Labourer and 44% of Phelan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Phelan were Retired and Cook

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Builders Labourer
  • General Labourer
  • Railway Clerk
  • Retired

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Cook

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Phelan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 94,000 census records available for the last name Phelan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Phelan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 22,000 immigration records available for the last name Phelan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Phelan. For the veterans among your Phelan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Phelan Life Expectancy

What is the average Phelan lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Phelan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Phelan in 1947 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Phelan

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