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

All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Noonan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Nuadhain. The original Gaelic form of the name was O hIonmhaineain, which was originally derived from "ionmhain," meaning "beloved."


The search for the origins of the name Noonan family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Noonan, O'Nunan, O'Noonan, Nunan, Neenan and others.

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 ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Noonan research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1341 are included under the topic Early Noonan History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Noonan or a variant listed above:

Noonan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Noonan, who landed in Morgan County, Illinois in 1838
  • Edmund Noonan, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843
  • Henry Noonan, who landed in Mississippi in 1847
  • Mrs. Noonan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Daniel Noonan, who landed in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1851


  • Frederick Joseph Noonan (1893-1937), American aviation pioneer who disappeared with Amelia Earhart somewhere over the Pacific during their World Flight in 1937
  • John Thomas Noonan Jr. (b. 1926), American Senior Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals
  • Tom Noonan (b. 1951), American actor and film writer-director
  • Professor Emerita Jacqueline Anne Noonan (b. 1921), American pediatric cardiologist
  • Michael Noonan (b. 1943), Irish politician, Leader of the Opposition and Leader of Fine Gael from February 2001 to June 2002
  • Michael J. Noonan (1935-2013), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, Minister for Defence (1987-1989)
  • Thomas F Noonan (1861-1912), prominent New Jersey Attorney, Judge, Democratic Party Leader
  • Katie Anne Noonan (b. 1977), Australian singer-songwriter


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  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Noonan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Noonan 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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