An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts
were the forefathers of the Honnyghan family. Honnyghan is a name for a beekeeper. This occupation
was important during the Middle Ages; since sugar was unknown in Europe, honey was the only available sweetener to be used in food preparation. Honey was also vital in the production of mead, a popular beverage.
Early Origins of the Honnyghan family
The surname Honnyghan was first found in Fife
, where they held a family seat
from early times, where it is said, within the family, "we all belong to Fife." Although this is largely true, deriving themselves from Falkland to St. Andrews, the name branched in early times to both Ayrshire
and north to the Orkneys.
Early History of the Honnyghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Honnyghan research.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1522, 1555, 1606, 1661, 1676, 1664, 1676 and 1668 are included under the topic Early Honnyghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Honnyghan Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name Honnyghan include Honyman, Honeyman, Honiman, Huniman, Hunyman, Hunman, Honnyman, Honneyman, Honniman, Hunniman and many more.
Early Notables of the Honnyghan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Honnyghan family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Honnyghan: William Honeyman who settled in Pennsylvania in 1773; Michael Honeyman settled in New York N.Y. in 1820; M. Hunman settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1852.
The Honnyghan Motto
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: Progredere ne redgredere
Motto Translation: Advance, do not recede.