The History of O’Loughlin’s
The Surname O’Loughlin is by origin a Clare name, being an Anglican of the Gaelic name O’Lochlainn. Denoting “The Descendant of Lochlain” (an Old Norse personal name). In Medieval Ireland, the O’Loughlins were known as Dalcassian by a collective clan name. The O’Loughlins were the most powerful family in the northwestern part of the county on the shores of the Atlantic and Galway Bay. Their Chief was the Lord of Corcomrae in early times, but later their territory was head of the O’Loughlins, and was known locally as “The King of the Burren.” Corcomrae is so called because the clan name of the O’Loughlins and O’Connors was Corca Madhruaidh, when the families split the latter took Corcomrae and the former Burren.
In 1585, the chief of the name O’Loughlins was seated at Craggans, County Clare. Ballyvaughan and Kilfenora are still the heart of the of the heart of the of the O’Loughlins county. One Coghalach O’Loughlin was Bishop of Coromrae from 1281-1300; this seat was subsequently called Kilfenora. Three Clare O’Loughlins made names for themselves in the nineteenth century; Sir Michael O’Loughlins (1789-1842), Master O’Loughlin (1819-1877) M.P. for Clare and catholic protagonist, and Sir Bryan O’Loughlins (1828-1905), who was Prime Minister of Victoria, Australia. Records relating to the arrival of bearers of the surname to America include the Rev. Michael O’Loughlin who booked passage to New York on board the Eudocia in August 1851. While John O’Loughlin booked passage from Limerick to New York on board the Thomas in October 1851.