ⓘ Neylon


ⓘ Neylon

Neylon is an anglicized version of the Irish surname O Niallain. Other English language forms of the name include Nealon, ONeylan, Nyland and Neilan. They were a sept of the Dalcassian tribe located in the kingdom of Thomond, which is now predominantly modern-day County Clare but encompassed parts of modern-day Tipperary and Limerick. Some early references to the name in this area come from references made to the completion in 1016 of a fortified dwelling overlooking Ballyalla lake, north of Ennis, which had the blessing of the ruling OBrien family.

During the reign of the OBriens in the area of family nylon acted as physicians and clergy, as well as providing soldiers for the Kingdom defence. Two examples of this Alila ua Niallain D. 1093, who was Abbot of the monastery of Clonmacnois and James nylon, who graduated from Oxford University with a degree in arts and medicine in the 16th century.

During 1594 John cotton, son of the then Bishop of Kildare, Daniel nylon or ONeylan as it is written in the documents, bequeathed the castle of Dysert Odea near Corofin, along with other lands in Inchiquin. However, during the Cromwellian and Williamite wars of the 17th century, a large Irish nobility lost their lands and titles after the results of these wars is not in their favor, and British rule in Ireland took a firm grip. Family nylon appeared to stay in the General area, but not at the center of political Affairs.

Like many other Irish families, the great Irish famine of the 1840s forced many members of the nylon to emigrate to Britain, America and even further to survive. This day, however, the name "nylon" as a rule, found in many parts of Ireland, but especially still in County Clare.