Thursday, October 16, 2008

Whelan Surname--Alternate Spellings

I have seen the surname Whelan spelled in many different ways. Occasionally, it is spelled 2 or more ways in a single document.

Here are 21 alternate spellings of the name Whelan that I have found in my research. I'll add more as I come across them. If you have found one that I've missed, let me know and I will add it to the list.

Wallen, Whalan, Whaland, Whalen, Whalin, Whaling, Whallan,
Whallin, Whallon, Whalon, Whealan, Whealin, Whealon, Wheelan,
Wheelin, Wheeling, Whehlen, Whelan, Whellen, Whelon, Whilan

Sources: Chicago city directories through 1864


Kathryn Doyle said...

Hi Kathy,

Nice to meet a new genea-blogger! I have Weallans (Welleans, Wellans, Wellands - and all the "e" and "ea" permutations) that trace back to Holystone, Northumberland Co., England. The Church of England records for the Chapelry of Holystone have been microfilmed by the Family History Library and date back to the early 1700s. I have an email address for Frank Whillans of Melbourne, Australia who has been collecting all variants in a one-name study, if you ever want to contact him.

California Genealogical Society and Library blog

Kathy Brady-Blake said...

Thanks Kathryn. I would like to hear more about the one-name study.