The roots of the Fanon surname in Ireland
are somewhat unclear; it seems that the name was both native Irish Gaelic, and Norman. The Gaelic name ó Fionnáin seems to be derived from Gaelic word "fionn," which means "fair," and has been Anglicized as "Finan" and "Fanning," both of which are Norman names that came to Ireland
in the 12th century. As a Norman name, Fanon is generally thought to be derived from the Norman personal name
Early Origins of the Fanon family
The surname Fanon was first found in Limerick
(Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland
, in the province of Munster
, where Fanningstoown, previously known as Ballyfanning can be found, as well as in neighboring Tipperary
where this Norman family settled at Ballingarry. One line of thinking is that they were originally from Fainent in Normandy
, and arrived in England
during the Norman Conquest
of 1066, and came to Ireland
in the 12th century. One notable bearer of the personal name
who lived several centuries prior to the introduction of hereditary surnames
was St. Finan who died in 661 AD, and achieved repute for his missionary work in England.
Early History of the Fanon family
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Fanon Spelling Variations
Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations
encountered while researching the name Fanon. Some of these variations included: Feenan, Fanning, Fannin, Fanningley, Fannon, Finan, Finnan, O'Finan and many more.
Early Notables of the Fanon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fanon family to the New World and Oceana
Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families
desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland
resulted in the Great Potato Famine
. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Fanon: Edmund Fanning, who settled in New London, CT in 1653; Andrew Fanning, who settled in New England
in 1678; John Fanning, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1766.
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