Hanlon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Hanlon 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.

Early Origins of the Hanlon family

The surname Hanlon was first found in County Armagh (Irish: Ard Mhacha) located in the province of Ulster in present day Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, and were known as the Lords of Oriol, the ancient name for Ulster.

Early History of the Hanlon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanlon research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1537, 1620, 1681, 1641 and 1862 are included under the topic Early Hanlon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hanlon Spelling Variations

Many different spelling variations of the surname Hanlon were found in the archives researched. These included Scribes and church officials generally spelled a name as it sounded; as a result, a person's name could be spelt innumerable ways in his lifetime. Hanlon, Hanlin, O'Hanlon and others.

Early Notables of the Hanlon 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...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hanlon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hanlon migration to the United States +

North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of Hanlon:

Hanlon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alexander Hanlon, who landed in America in 1792 [1]
Hanlon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas and Judith Hanlon who arrived in New York State in 1804
  • Judith Hanlon, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1804 [1]
  • Phelix Hanlon, aged 24, who arrived in New York, NY in 1806 [1]
  • Bryan Hanlon, who landed in America in 1825 [1]
  • Dennis Hanlon, who arrived in New York in 1825 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hanlon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hanlon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Michael Hanlon was a servant in Harbour Main, Newfoundland in 1755 [2]
  • Michael Hanlon was a butcher in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1774 [2]
  • Denis Hanlon had a fishery in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland in 1794 [2]
Hanlon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary Hanlon from County Wexford, Ireland was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1812 [2]
  • John Hanlon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • Denis Hanlon, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Reward" from Cork, Ireland
  • John Hanlon, aged 23, a blacksmith, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • John Hanlon, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Cupid" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Hanlon migration to Australia +

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

Hanlon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Lancelot Hanlon, British Convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Lancaster, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 20th July 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • James Hanlon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [4]
  • Margaret Hanlon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [4]
  • Bernard Hanlon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [4]
  • P. Hanlon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hanlon 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:

Hanlon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Ann Hanlon, aged 18, a dressmaker, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1872
  • Miss Catherine Hanlon, (b. 1856), aged 21, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Marlborough" arriving in Invercargill, South Island, New Zealand on 20th January 1877 [5]
  • Patrick Hanlon, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Hanlon (post 1700) +

  • Lorraine Hanlon (b. 1946), American figure skater, the 1963 U.S. National Champion
  • John Hanlon, American record producer and recording engineer who has worked with Neil Young, Stephen Stills, The Beach Boys and many more
  • The Rev. John Joseph Hanlon (1854-1902), American chancellor of the Diocese of Albany, New York
  • Alma Hanlon (1890-1977), American silent film actress who appeared in twenty-three films
  • Arthur Hanlon, American New Age pianist, songwriter and arranger
  • Jerry Hanlon (b. 1931), former American football player, coach, and radio broadcaster
  • Edward Hugh "Ned" Hanlon (1857-1937), American 19th-century Major League Baseball player, but better known for his work as a manager with 1,313 wins
  • Martha Hollingsworth Hanlon (1944-1999), American artist
  • David G. Hanlon (b. 1935), American Democrat politician, Chair of Ritchie County Democratic Party, 1975; Member of West Virginia State Senate 3rd District, 1977-80 [6]
  • David Hanlon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ritchie County, 1956 [6]
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Patrick Hanlon, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [7]


  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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th February 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1837
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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