The Irish name Hanigan originally appeared in Gaelic as "O hEanain," but sometimes is an abbreviated form of the surname Henagahn.
from ancient times.
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A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations
during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Hanigan include Heenan, Henaghan, Henehan, Heenon, Hanegan, Hannegan, Hanigan, Hannigan, Haneghan and many more.
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Hanigan:
Hanigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Daniel, Dennis, James, and William Hanigan, all, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1854 and 1875
Hanigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Hanigan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
- Catherine Downy Hanigan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1839
- Catherine Downy Hanigan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1840
- Mary Hanigan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841
- William Hanigan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1841
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