Show ContentsHallinan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hallinan has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as O hAnluain, which is possibly derived from luan, which means champion, intensified by an. [1]

Early Origins of the Hallinan family

The surname Hallinan was first found in County Armagh (Irish: Ard Mhacha) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland. [1]

The family were Lords of Orior (the ancient name for Ulster) and claim descent through the Maddens of Ulster who were descendants of the Heremon Kings of Ireland. [2] They were "one of the most important of the septs of Ulster." [3]

"This family were 'Tanists of a large territory within the present county of Armagh, and up to the time of James I. enjoyed the honour and office of hereditary Standard-Bearer of Ulster-a privilege which Sir William Russell, when Lord Deputy, with due policy recognized; as marching against O'Neill and the northern insurgents, he committed the royal standard (which the O'Mulloy had carried through the Pale) to Hugh O'Hanlon, who had theretofore submitted to the English government.'" [4]

Early History of the Hallinan family

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Hallinan Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Hallinan are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of Hallinan included Hanlon, Hanlin, O'Hanlon and others.

Early Notables of the Hallinan family

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Redmond O'Hanlon (c. 1620-1681) an Irish tóraidhe or rapparee (guerrilla soldier-outlaw) who became so when his lands were confiscated by the Anglo-Irish landowner Henry St. John...
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Hallinan Ranking

In the United States, the name Hallinan is the 13,766th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Australia Hallinan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hallinan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Hallinan, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Escort"

New Zealand Hallinan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hallinan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Hallinan, aged 44, a farmer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Anastasia Hallinan, aged 38, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Mary Hallinan, aged 12, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Kate Hallinan, aged 11, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

Contemporary Notables of the name Hallinan (post 1700) +

  • Edward S. Hallinan (1888-1940), American shortstop in Major League Baseball
  • Joseph T. "Joe" Hallinan, award-winning American journalist and author
  • Timothy Hallinan (b. 1942), American thriller writer
  • Paul John Hallinan (1911-1968), American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church
  • James H "Jimmy" Hallinan (1849-1879), American baseball player born in Ireland
  • Vincent Hallinan (1896-1992), American lawyer and a candidate for President of the United States
  • Terence Hallinan (b. 1936), American attorney and politician
  • Clemency Hallinan (b. 1990), English actress
  • Renae Hallinan (b. 1986), Australian international netballer
  • Olivia Hallinan (b. 1984), English actress

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  2. O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  3. MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook