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Folan Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Faoláin ‘descendant of Faolán’ (see Whelan).

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


Similar surnames: Solan, Foran, Nolan, Dolan, Toran, Ronan, Coan, Honan, Bolan, Tolan

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Where is the Folan family from?

You can see how Folan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Folan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Folan families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Folan families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Folan's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Folan families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Folan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Folan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Folan. 30% of Folan men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Folan women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Folan were Farmer and Cook.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    30%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Foreman
    8%
  • Farmer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Waitress
    9%
  • New Worker
    9%
  • Cook
    9%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Folan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Folan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Folan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 902 military records available for the last name Folan. For the veterans among your Folan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Folan lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Folan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Folan in 1950 was 39, and 76 in 2004.

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