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Forhan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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

Early Origins of the Forhan family


The surname Forhan 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 Forhan.

Early History of the Forhan family


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Forhan Spelling Variations


The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period because the general population had to rely on local official's understanding of how their name should be spelt, hence spellings in records often changed through a person's lifetime. The following variations for the name Forhan were encountered in the archives: Foran, Forhane, Forahan, Forhan, Foreham and many more.

Early Notables of the Forhan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Forhan family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Forhan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Forhan lived in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1814 [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

Forhan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Johanna Forhan, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.
  • Mary Forhan, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.

Forhan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Forhan, aged 24, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Forhan (post 1700)


  • Chris Forhan, American poet and professor at Butler University, awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and two Pushcart Prizes
  • Robert Norman "Bob" Forhan (1936-2018), Canadian silver medalist ice hockey right winger at the 1960 Winter Olympics, Mayor of Newmarket, Ontario (1971–1978)

The Forhan 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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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. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 23rd November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Dirigo 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/dirigo1854.shtml.

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