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  • Daniel Nowlan (aft.1574 - 1650)
    Daniel Nowlan was the son of John Nowlan. Depending on source reviewed, he was born between 1574 and 1595 in Tullow, County Carlow, Ireland. He died c.1650 in Tullow. He married Anastase O'Brien, daugh...
  • Donogh Hugh Nowlan (c.1520 - c.1580)
    Donogh Hugh Nowlan was born c.1520 in County Carlow, Ireland and died there about 1580. He was the father of John Nowlan of County Carlow. The family is probably descended from the O'Nuallain clan. T...
  • Ellen (Nowland) Taylor - Davis [Convict "John Bull" 1821] (1800 - 1884)
    Ellen NOWLAND (Eleanor NOLAN) was born c1800 Roscommon, Ireland. She was convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation. Ellen arrived in Sydney Cove on 18/12/1821 on "John Bull" She married Edw...
  • Isabel May Nowlan (1909 - 2001)
  • Jane Perry Nowlan (1833 - d.)

About the Nowlan surname

The O'Nuallains were princes of the Foharta, now the Barony of Forth in County Carlow, Ireland. In pre-Norman days their chiefs held high office under the Kings of Leinster. In Irish the name O'Nuallain means descendant of Nuallan; the word Nuallan means a shout or cry. The name was anglicised O'Nowlan, Nowlan, and Nolan. To this day, Nolan is among the forty most numerous names in Ireland.

Nowlan men began emigrating to the New World after the rebellion of 1641-1662 had been suppressed. They had supported the Catholic side and, as a consequence, lost most of their land, which was included in the grant made to James Butler, Earl of Ormonde, Lt. General of the Protestant forces.

John Nowlan (c.1634-?) had three sons, John, William, and James. The fate of John Jr. is not known. William emigrated to New England. James became an indentured servant and made his way to Virginia. Along the way, his name became Nowlin.

Source - History of Carlow CO, Ireland by John Ryan