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Gender: M Pronunciation: FAY-lan Meaning of Phelan: "wolf" Origin of Phelan: Irish

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Phelan, pronounced FAY-lan or FEE-lan, is an appealing Irish surname name, with a rich history in Irish myth and religious and secular life. One bearer was a fiercely loyal follower of the legendary warrior Finn MacCool, another was a missionary saint.

The first name Phelan figures in an O'Henry story, "Between Rounds"; and in The Help, Skeeter's surname is Phelan. In Irish, the name is spelled Faolan.

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Famous People Named Phelan

Phelan Beale, a wealthy attorney and sportsman in New York City who was married to Edith Ewing Bouvier, an aunt of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and probably best remembered as the absent father chronicled in the Grey Gardens saga portrayed in a 1975 movie documentary, 2006 Broadway musical, and 2009 HBO Film, all of which were named for his home in East Hampton, New York

Pop Culture References for the Name Phelan

Phelan Rapp, dog turned Rat in "Provost's Dog" series by Tamora Pierce

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