Show ContentsHanan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Hanan family in Ireland was O hAnnain, which means descendant of hAnnain.

Early Origins of the Hanan family

The surname Hanan was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times and were descended from the Kings of Ireland.

Early History of the Hanan family

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Hanan 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. The following variations for the name Hanan were encountered in the archives: Hannon, O'Hannon, Hannen, O'Hannen, Haneen and many more.

Early Notables of the Hanan family

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United States Hanan migration to the United States +

In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Hanan family came to North America quite early:

Hanan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Robert Hanan, who arrived in Virginia in 1713 [1]
  • Teague Hanan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]

Australia Hanan migration to Australia +

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

Hanan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Hanan, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"

Contemporary Notables of the name Hanan (post 1700) +

  • Harry Hanan (1916-1982), British cartoonist, best known as the creator of the comic strip Louie
  • Josiah Alfred "Joe" Hanan (1868-1954), New Zealand politician, cabinet minister, and legislative councillor, Minister of Education, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Stamp Duties, Mayor of Invercargill, and Chancellor of the University of New Zealand
  • Josiah Ralph Hanan (1909-1969), New Zealand politician, 17th Minister of Health (1954-1957), 20th Attorney-General (1960-1969), 33rd Minister of Justice (1960-1969)
  • Hanan Melcer (b. 1951), Israeli jurist, current judge in the Supreme Court of Israel

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook