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

The name Phelan is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "wolf". Phelan and is often added to lists like Unusual Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

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, American attorney; husband of to Edith Ewing Bouvier; uncle of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, portrayed in film "Grey Gardens"
Phelan Beale, Jr., American journalist; son of Phelan and Edith Bouvier Beale
Phelan Simpson, Canadian pair skater
Phelan Kane, American pair skater
Phelan "Phelous" Porteous, Internet movie reviewer

Pop Culture References for the name Phelan

Phelan Rapp, dog turned Rat in "Provost's Dog" series by Tamora Pierce
Phelan, minor character on TV's Battlestar Galactica
Pat Phelan, murderer and villain on English Soap 'Coronation Street'

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RoddyThlayli Says:


I love this name! The only problem I can see with it is that, when I first read it, I wanted to pronounce it felon, but I can get past that, especially with the awesome wolf meaning.

Zelliew Says:


I'm not feeiin' it