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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Foran family in Ireland was O Fuarain or in some records O Furanain.

Foran Early Origins



The surname Foran was first found in Connacht (Irish: Connachta, (land of the) descendants of Conn), where they were firstly known as Macgiollarnath or Mac Gilla na Naomh, meaning 'son of the devotee of the saints', which, through mistranslation and time emerged as an off-shoot of the main Clan through a chieftain O'Fuarthain or O'Fuarain, which, in English, became Foran.

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Foran Spelling Variations


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Foran Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Foran dating from that time include Foran, Forhane, Forahan, Forhan, Foreham and many more.

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Foran Early History


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Foran Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foran research. Another 254 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1355, and 1816 are included under the topic Early Foran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Foran Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Foran Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Foran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Foran or a variant listed above, including:

Foran Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Danl Foran, who landed in Virginia in 1702

Foran Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Foran settled in New York State in 1804
  • Michael Foran arrived in Philadelphia in 1834
  • Edward Foran, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • John Foran arrived in Boston in 1847
  • James Foran, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Foran Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • André Foran married in Laprairie, Quebec in 1684

Foran Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Foran settled in Bell Island, Newfoundland in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • John Foran, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1835
  • Miss. Catherine Foran, aged 2 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Foran (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Foran (post 1700)



  • Sergeant Nicholas "Sam" Foran (1844-1927), Irish-born, American soldier awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in several engagements against the Apache Indians in the Arizona Territory from August to October 1868
  • James H. "Jim" Foran (1848-1928), American Major League Baseball player who played from the Fort Wayne Kekiongas in 1871
  • John Nicholas "Dick" Foran (1910-1979), American actor, known for his roles in The Petrified Forest (1936), Fort Apache (1948) and The Mummy's Hand (1940), awarded a Star on the Walk of Fame
  • Seán Foran (1931-2015), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Richard "Richie" Foran (b. 1980), Irish footballer
  • Liam Foran (b. 1988), New Zealand professional rugby league footballer, brother of Kieran Foran
  • John Winston Foran (b. 1952), Canadian politician from New Brunswick, Minister of Public Safety (2006-2010)
  • Mark Foran (b. 1973), English former professional footballer
  • William Michael Foran (1871-1945), Canadian ice hockey executive, Stanley Cup trustee
  • Charles Foran (b. 1960), Canadian novelist awarded the inaugural Hilary Weston Prize for non-fiction, the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction, and the Governor General's Literary Award
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Foran Historic Events


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Foran Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Annie  Foran, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Edward Michael  Foran (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Thomas Patrick  Foran (1889-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Michael Foran, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Motto


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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: Lucrum Christi mihi
Motto Translation: Without Christ, there is no light.


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Foran Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 29)

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  6. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Foran Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foran Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 7 November 2016 at 08:47.

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