Hanin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Hanin came from Hana, an Old English personal name. Patronymic surnames arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. This name is from the vernacular tradition. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Vernacular names that were derived from ancient Germanic personal names have cognates in most European languages. For example, the court of Charlemagne (742-814) was Christian and Latin-speaking, but the Frankish dialect of Old German was commonly used for personal names. Vernacular names were widespread throughout Normandy. Accordingly, many typical English and French names are in fact, originally of Germanic origin and often have cognates in other European countries.

Early Origins of the Hanin family

The surname Hanin was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Hanin family

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Hanin Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hanin family name include Hanning, Haning and others.

Early Notables of the Hanin family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Hanin family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hanin surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Anne Hanning who settled in Virginia in 1655; Darby Hanning settled in Jamaica in 1663; William Hanning arrived in Pennsylvania in 1772; Peter Hanning arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1851..

Contemporary Notables of the name Hanin (post 1700)

  • Roger Hanin (1925-2015), French actor and film director, best known for his starring role in the 1989-2006 TV police drama, Navarro
  • Hanin Elias (b. 1972), German musician, former member of Atari Teenage Riot
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