Whelan Family Crest, Coat of Arms & Whelan Name Origin

Click Here to Return Home Click Here to Bookmark this Page Click Here to Link to us Click Here to Send a Free Postcard
Return to Home page Bookmark this page Link to this page Send a Whelan Postcard

Whelan Family Crest

Whelan Coat of Arms, Family Crest - Click here to view

Get Free Updates about Family Crests, New Information, Stories, Special Offers and more with our Occasional Newsletter Updates

* indicates required

Origin of the Name Whelan

The ancient history of the name Whelan was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Variants of Whelan include Phelan, O'Phelan and Whelahan. Meaning 'Little Wolf', these names are variants of the same Gaelic surname, 'O'Faolain'. This Irish Sept had their territory in the south-west part of County Kilkenny. Their chiefs were Princes of the Decies before the Norman Invasion, and they soon spread to County Waterford and adjacent areas. The gentleman who styles himself O'Phelan, Prince of Decies, was born a Whelan. In the United States James Phelan, 1824-1892, was a pioneer and his son James Duval Phelan, 1861-1920, was a Senator and Mayor of San Francisco. The majority of present day Phelans and Whelans are still to be found in Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford.
The Whelan 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 Whelan descendants.
Show Off Your Heritage With Our Range Of
Top Class Gifts For Your Family Name!

Parchment Prints: Framed, Unframed, Perfect

Click Here

Researched Hand-Painted Plaques & Shields

Click Here

Incredible Hand-Engraved Signet & Seal Rings

Click Here

Get your Family Crest Flag, on Ireland or White background!

Click Here

Personalized Coffee Mugs Make Thoughtful Personalized Gifts

Click Here

Engraved Pendants in Gorgeous Gold or Stylish Silver.

Click Here