The Clan/Sept History
The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The
original Gaelic form of the name O Fallon is O Fallamhain.
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different
spelling variations during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that
time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual
scribe. Variations of the name O Fallon include Fallon, O'Fallon, Fallone,
Falloone and others.
First found in Galway, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
Irish Families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States
in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the
Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North
America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees
for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land.
Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the
conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland.
Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these
immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like
their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has
revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name O Fallon: Stephen
Fallon lived in Pennsylvania in 1773; and many other Fallons later joined him
there in the mid 1800's. The family also settled in New York, California,
Massachusetts, during the 19th century. They also settled in Newfoundland
between 1850 and 1871..
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