Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Hanahan appeared as O Dubhain, where the first portion of the word is dubh, which means black, and the second portion is probably derived from some obsolete Irish personal name.
, from very ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanahan research.Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1679, 1675, 1549, 1628, 1735, 1727, 1735, 1724, 1727, 1720, 1724, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Hanahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Hanahan family name include Downs, Down, Downe, Downes and others.
Notable among the family name at this time was William Ducie (c.
1612-1679), created 1st Viscount Downe in 1675; Andrew Downes, also known as Dounaeus, (c.1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hanahan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.