HOLLAHAN, HOLLIHAN, HOLLOHAN, HOULAHAN, HOULIHAN, variants of the surname of Ireland, (O) Hoolahan, Ó hUallacháin, Ir. uallach - proud, of which seventeen variants have been recorded. (MacLysaght). See also HOLLAND, NOLAN. MacLysaght traced (O) Hoolahan in Co, Clare and mid-Leinster, Houlihan in Munster, Holohan in Co, Kilkenny, and Nolan as a frequent synonym in north Connacht.



At Caplin Bay: A list of the names of all the Masters, Servants, and Dieters residing in the district of Ferryland for the Winter of 1799 & Spring 1800: Capeland Bay - David Houlahan - dieter working for Michael Power.
  Voter's List for Caplin Bay: 1840, 1841, 1842, 1844, 1845, 1846, 1847, 1849, 1852, 1855, 1859 - David Houlahan (a notation after his name in 1859 says "no vote")
Family History: Per the 1800 Ferryland District Census, although employed at Caplin Bay, David (Davey) Houlahan or Huolahan was not considered a resident, even though he lived there for over sixty years afterwards. Davy lived on the south side of the bay in the area known as Deep Cove. Sometimes his residence was listed as Davy's/ Davies, but on one occasion, his 'place of abode' was given as Vally Crodic. This name is probably a corruption of Ballycraddock, the name of a townland in southeastern Co. Waterford. Since the Irish were inclined to name property in their new homeland after places back in Ireland, this was likely the townland from which David Houlahan originated.

Although in the 1800 Census, there was a resident "Houlahan" family listed at Ferryland, I suspect they lived on the southeast side of Deep Cove. In many early documents, this area appeared as Ferryland - North. Contrary to the resident list, the 1800 Census deemed that Laurence Houlahan was a master at Caplin Bay, so if they lived in this area, they were likely kin of Davy. There was another "Huolahan" family at Renews, but there is no evidence that they were related to the Ferryland/Caplin Bay family. The Houlahan surname did not survive at Caplin Bay. It doesn't appear that David Houlahan ever married. There is no indication that he had any surviving family. He likely died in the 1860s since Lovell's 1871 Directory does not list his name.

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