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Where did the Irish Cronan family come from? What is the Irish Cronan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Cronan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Cronan family history?

The name Cronan has undergone many variations in the time that has passed since its genesis. In Gaelic it appeared as "O Croinin," which derives from the word "cron," which meant "brown" or "dark."

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Within archives, many different spelling variations exist for the surname Cronan. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in the name of the single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Cronin, Cronyn, Cronine, Croynin, Cronan, Cronnin, Cronnan, Cronnyn, Cronen, O'Cronin, Croynan and many more.

First found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cronan research. Another 264 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Cronan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Cronan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Cronan, or one of its variants:

Cronan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Cronan, who landed in Maryland in 1833
  • John Cronan, who arrived in Maryland in 1836
  • Michael Cronan, who landed in Mississippi in 1844
  • Eugene Cronan settled in Philadelphia in 1849
  • Dennis Cronan, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1864


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The Cronan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cronan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 4 November 2010 at 10:42.

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