The Strathclyde Briton clans of the Scottish/English Borderlands were the first to use the name Hanno. It is derived from the personal names Hannah and Anna. Another possibility is that it is a religious name, taken from that of Hannah, mother of Samuel. Most likely, however, given the family's Gaelic origins is that it was an anglicized version of the Gaelic "O hAnnaigh", meaning "descendant of Annach", a byname meaning "iniquity".
Early Origins of the Hanno family
The surname Hanno was first found in Wigtownshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Bhaile na h-Uige), formerly a county in southwestern Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway
, where in 1296, Gilbert de Hannethe residing in the county of Wiggetone at the time, rendered homage to King Edward I
during his brief conquest of Scotland
. During the same year, a Gilbert Hahanith, who may or may not be the same man, was juror on an inquest concerning the succession to Elena la Zuche. The next appearance of the name is in 1424 when John of Hanna (a name that suggests that the name may have been taken from a place, rather than of Gaelic origin) was master of a ship belonging to James, King of Scotland.
Early History of the Hanno family
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Hanno Spelling Variations
The origin of rules governing the spelling of names and even words is a very recent innovation. Before that, words and names were spelled according to sound, and, therefore, often appeared under several different spelling variations
in a single document. Hanno has been spelled Hannah, Hanna, Hannay, Hanney and others.
Early Notables of the Hanno family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hanno family to Ireland
Some of the Hanno family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Hanno family to the New World and Oceana
The persecution faced in their homeland left many Scots with little to do but sail for the colonies of North America. There they found land, freedom, opportunity, and nations in the making. They fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence
, or traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In both cases, they made enormous contributions to the formation of those great nations. Among them: Alexander Hannah settled in Boston in 1766; Andrew Hannah settled in Antigua in 1679; George Hannah settled in Barbados in 1680 with his wife and two children.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hanno (post 1700)
- Dr. Hanno Drechsler (1931-2003), Lord Mayor of the City of Marburg, Germany, between 1970 and 1992