Origin of the Name Boland
The ancient history of the name Boland
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The name Boland is of ancient Irish origin and is derived from two distinct O'Beollain septs.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
One sept was of the Ui Fiachrach, seated at Doonaltan in County Sligo where they were erenaghs of the Church of Saint Columban. A separate Dalcassian sept was descended from Mahon, brother of Brian Boru. In modern times the Bolands and O'Bolans are found in north Connacht Province and in the eastern part of County Clare where the village of Ballybolan still survives. The ancient texts 'The Annals of the Four Matsters' contain several references to the name. Bolands Mill was the scene of a famous encounter in the Easter Rising of 1916, in which the Irish revolutionary Harry Boland played a part.
The Boland coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Boland descendants.