Since I'm posting tonight (or this morning) I might as well followup on some old posts I started) :)
Fallin (as far as I know) was an Anglicisation or Americanisation of "Fallon" Which is "Irish"
Some variants in Ireland (and elsewhere) are O'Fallon and McFallin (O' = grandson or descendant) (Mc or Mac = son of)
as for the Word "Fallon" (Fallin) goes, the meaning of it (I think) ... is simply ...
Healthy or Healthy one or Healthy Person
the original Irish language spelling was:
Look up "Follain" (doesn't sound like it looks)
in a Collins Gem Irish Dictionary or look up "Healthy" in the same Dictionary
also please remember, that the name is just over 1,000 years old, meaning that it is "ancient" Irish language
the modern Irish word for "Health" is more like
Slainte (slawnt-cha) (also means "cheers")
modern Irish can be very different from ancient Irish, as is the case with our Family Name
(I took some RTE Irish courses by Mail for awhile, received books and tapes, and was also on an Irish language e-mail list for some years)
I'm not an expert at all, but I have found that I can impress at least the "Dublin" Irish with my limited knowledge of Irish language, although the REAL every day Irish speakers have to bend their ears a little, guess I still have an accent :)
one more thing, there are or were, many dialects of Irish too, and the Fallin or Fallon Families range from North to South Ireland, although my suspicion is that us VA/MD Fallins are probably from central to western Ireland, most probably in Roscommon and Galway Counties, but that's just a hunch.
Lance T. Fallin
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