There are others in this forum who have a lot more information than I do, but from what I can gather it doesn't look like "Fallin" and "Falin" are the same, at least not on this side of the Atlantic. If you look down the list you'll see that Marylyn Rushing reports having a Fallin book. From postings I've seen elsewhere it seems that the Fallins can be reliably traced back to before 1650 in Northumberland County, Virginia. Since you have a good record on your ancestor arriving quite a bit later, the two families are unlikely to have mixed over here.
I am curious about Ireland as an origin -- most of the early "Irish" settlers were in fact originally from Scotland. They were moved to Ireland as a part of England's plan to create a more friendly population in Ireland. Many of them then turned around and headed for America. Anyway, if your Thomas Falin was really Irish (the easiest way to tell, if you know, is whether he was Catholic; the next best method is to identify where he was from in Ireland) -- that might shed light on the origin of the Fallins as well. Let us know.
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