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 1880, a less common occupation for the Phelan family was Keeps House. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Phelan. The most common Phelan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 14% of Phelan's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    14%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Keeps House

    3%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Phelan ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Phelan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Phelan. 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 Card

There are 1,000 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

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Phelan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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