Academy of Saint Gabriel Report 797

Academy of Saint Gabriel Report 797

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Greetings from the Academy of Saint Gabriel!

You asked us about the name <Phalen> or <Phelan> as a name of Irish origin in the 6th-14th centuries:

This appears to be an American name derived from <O/ Faoláin> [1]. The spelling <Phalen> is unlikely before 1300, but the spellings <Fáelán> or <Faolán> should be fine.

For the middle of the time period you asked about, a name of the form <Fáelán mac X> (where X is the father's name) would be fine, as would a nickname <Fáelán Ruad>, that is "Faelan the Red".

We hope this has been helpful, and that we can continue to assist you.

Arval Benicouer, and Talan Gwynek contributed to this letter.

In service,
--Walraven van Nijmegen
Academy of S. Gabriel

[1] Edward MacLysaght. "The Surnames of Ireland"

Irish Academic Press Ltd., Dublin, 1985.