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Where did the Irish Ryan family come from? What is the Irish Ryan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ryan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ryan family history?Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Ryan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Maoilriain.
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period because the general population had to rely on local official's understanding of how their name should be spelt, hence spellings in records often changed through a person's lifetime. The following variations for the name Ryan were encountered in the archives: O'Ryan, Ryan, Mulrian, Mulryan, O'Mulrian and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryan research. Another 261 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1760 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Ryan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ryan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Ryan to North America:
Ryan Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Ryan Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Ryan Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Ryan Settlers in the United States in the 20th 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: Malo mori quam fodari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.
The Ryan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ryan 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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