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The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Handrahan originally appeared in Gaelic as O hAnrachain, which may be a variant of O hAnradhain, which is derived from the word anradh, which means warrior.

Handrahan Early Origins



The surname Handrahan was first found in Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Handrahan Spelling Variations


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Handrahan Spelling Variations



Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Handrahan revealed many variations, including Hanrahan, O'Hanrahan, Hanraghan and others.

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Handrahan Early History


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Handrahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Handrahan research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Handrahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Handrahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Handrahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Handrahan 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



Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Handrahan: Margaret Hanrahan, an indentured individual on record in Pennsylvania in 1772; James Hanrahan, naturalized in New York in 1802; John Hanrahan, on record in North Carolina in 1812.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Handrahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Handrahan (post 1700)



  • James E. Handrahan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1912
  • James Vernon Handrahan (1936-2016), Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Kansas City Athletics (1964-1966)

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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: An uachtar
Motto Translation: The champion.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    7. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    8. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    10. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
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    The Handrahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Handrahan 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 15 December 2016 at 12:23.

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