Origin of the Scanlan Clan Name


The name is originated from the ancient name Scannail which means “Of the Contentious One”. There were three separate septs: the O Scannail, from the counties of Cork, Limerick, Clare ad Kerry. Ballyscanlan in the County of Clare tooks its name from the Sept Scannell. they were a sept of the Eóganachta.

Scanlan, Scannell

The name Scannell has direct and allied links to Brian Boru and to the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. It is recorded that Eocha, son of Dundabach, Chief of Clan Scannail, and Scannail, son of Cathal, Lord of the Eóganacht Locha Léin,  were both killed at the famous battle on this legendary day.

Derived names are Scanlan and O'Scanlan.

The earliest settler in the United States was Timothy Scannell, landed in Philadelphia in 1746.