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Where did the Irish Foran family come from? What is the Irish Foran family crest and coat of arms? When did the Foran family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Foran family history?Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Foran family in Ireland was O Fuarain or in some records O Furanain.
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Foran dating from that time include Foran, Forhane, Forahan, Forhan, Foreham and many more.
First found in Connacht, where they were firstly known as Macgiollarnath or Mac Gilla na Naomh, meaning 'son of the devotee of the saints', which, through mistranslation and time emerged as an off-shoot of the main Clan through a chieftain O'Fuarthain or O'Fuarain, which, in English, became Foran.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foran research. Another 254 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1355, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Foran History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Foran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Foran or a variant listed above, including:
Foran Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Foran Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Lucrum Christi mihi
Motto Translation: Without Christ, there is no light.
The Foran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foran 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.
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