This name, with variant spellings Scanlon, O' Scandall, O' Scannill, (O') Scanlan, and (O') Scanlon, is an anglicized form of the Olde Gaelic O Scannlain. The Gaelic prefix 'O' indicates 'male descendant of', the personal byname Scannlain from 'Scannal' meaning 'contention'. Two distinct septs whose descendants are now known as Scanlon existed in Ireland. One, having the rare prefix 'mac' i.e. Mac Scannlain, held territory in County Louth and gave their name to Ballymascanlon near Dundalk. The name is seldom if ever found in its place of origin now. The second main sept belonged to West Munster, (Counties Cork, Kerry, Limerick, and Clare) and the 1659 'census' shows a high incidence of births in this area...
Join the conversation with the SCANNELL tribe
Find your SCANNELL ancestor
Tell us about your SCANNELL Family
Tell us about your SCANNELL ancestors
Ask a question about the SCANNELL history
Leave a message for SCANNELL family members
Invite more SCANNELL family members!
Write an email address and click 'Invite' to share this page with more members of the SCANNELL tribe.