Show ContentsHanlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hanlin 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 Hanlin family

The surname Hanlin 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 Hanlin family

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Hanlin Spelling Variations

Many different spelling variations of the surname Hanlin exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Hanlon, Hanlin, O'Hanlon and others.

Early Notables of the Hanlin family (pre 1700)

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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Hanlin Ranking

In the United States, the name Hanlin is the 13,765th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]


United States Hanlin migration to the United States +

Irish emigration to North America began modestly in the late 18th century. At this time, Irish families made the journey to British North America and the United States by choice and after careful consideration: they were primarily in search of a suitably large stretch of land to call their own. This pattern would change most dramatically during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For example, the years 1825-1845 saw approximately 450,000 heading to British North America and 400,000 to the United States, but in 1847, at the height of the famine, it is estimated that more than 104,000 Irish immigrants went to British North America and more than 119,000 to the United States. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Hanlin:

Hanlin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Patrick Hanlin, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [6]
Hanlin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hanlin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808 [6]
  • James Hanlin, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1824 [6]
  • George Hanlin, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1825 [6]
  • Martin Hanlin, aged 28, who landed in Mobile, AM in 1858 [6]
  • Alexander Hanlin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879 [6]

Canada Hanlin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hanlin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Hanlin, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838
  • Catherine Hanlin, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838

Australia Hanlin migration to Australia +

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

Hanlin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ann Donelly Hanlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [7]
  • William Hanlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [7]
  • Ellen Hanlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [7]
  • James Hanlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [7]
  • Letitia Hanlin, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hanlin (post 1700) +

  • Robert Peter Hanlin (b. 1931), Australian shot putter at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Martin Hanlin, Scottish drummer, best known for his work with the Scottish band The Silencers
  • Tom Hanlin (1907-1953), Scottish novelist, best known for his work Once in Every Lifetime


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, The Surnames of Ireland. Ireland: Irish Academic Press, sixth edition, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2366-3)
  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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm


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