Whelan Family History

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Whelan Name Meaning

Irish (southern provinces): reduced and altered Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Faoláin ‘descendant of Faolán’, a personal name representing a diminutive of faol ‘wolf’.

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

Similar surnames: Phelan, Heelan, Keelan, Geelan, Whelihan, Shean, Helin, Thelen, Wean

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Whelan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Whelan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Whelan. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Whelan Family Origin

Where is the Whelan family from?

Whelan Family Occupations

What did your Whelan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Whelan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 18% of Whelan's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Whelan family was Miner. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Whelan.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Miner


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

Whelan Historical Records

What Whelan family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 140,000 census records available for the last name Whelan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Whelan 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 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Whelan. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Whelan. For the veterans among your Whelan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Whelan Life Expectancy

What is the average Whelan lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Whelan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Whelan in 1941 was 68, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Whelan

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Whelan 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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