Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, O'Hanaghan 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.
Early Origins of the O'Hanaghan family
The surname O'Hanaghan was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, from very ancient times.
Early History of the O'Hanaghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Hanaghan research.Another 379 words (27 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 O'Hanaghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Hanaghan Spelling Variations
Those scribes in Ireland
during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the O'Hanaghan family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Downs, Down, Downe, Downes and others.
Early Notables of the O'Hanaghan family (pre 1700)
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 O'Hanaghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Hanaghan family to the New World and Oceana
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families
made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the O'Hanaghan family in North America: Jane Downe who settled in Jamaica in 1685; John Downe settled in Barbados in 1685; another John Downe settled in Virginia in 1670; Robert Downe settled in St. Christopher in 1635.