Hanly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Hanly comes from the Gaelic "O hAinle," which is derived from the word "ainle," meaning "beauty."

Early Origins of the Hanly family

The surname Hanly 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 ancient times and the surname emerged as an anglicized form of the Irish O hAinle.

Early History of the Hanly family

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Hanly Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Hanly are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include O'Hanley, Hanley, O'Hanly, Hanly, Henley, O'Henley, Henly, O'Henley, Hanlay and many more.

Early Notables of the Hanly family (pre 1700)

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United States Hanly migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Hanly family in North America:

Hanly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Rich Hanly, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Sarah Hanly, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • William Hanly, aged 28, who landed in Virginia in 1684 [1]
Hanly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bridget Hanly, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Christopher Hanly, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1766 [1]
Hanly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Hanly, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]
  • John Hanly, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1818 [1]
  • James Hanly, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • James, Family Hanly, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [1]
  • Roger Hanly, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hanly migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hanly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Hanly was living in Harbour Grace in 1811
  • John Hanly, fisherman, died at St. John's, Newfoundland in 1815 [2]
  • Thomas Hanly, aged 35, a yeoman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Thomas Hanly, aged 22, a yeoman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Sarah Hanly, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Hanly 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:

Hanly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Hanly, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Hanly (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Burton Hanly (1812-1880), American lawyer and politician who served in the Congress of the Confederate States during the American Civil War
  • James Franklin Hanly (1863-1920), American politician, who served as the 26th Governor of Indiana from 1905 to 1909
  • Thomas Burton Hanly (1812-1880), American politician, Member of Arkansas State House of Representatives; Member of Arkansas State Senate; Representative from Arkansas in the Confederate Congress 4th District, 1861-65 [3]
  • Mena Elizabeth Hanly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1948 [3]
  • James Franklin Hanly (1863-1920), American politician, Prohibition Candidate for President of the United States, 1916 [3]
  • James E. Hanly, American politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Senate 32nd District, 1934 [3]
  • Herb Hanly, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964 [3]
  • George H. Hanly, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan superintendent of public instruction, 1915 [3]
  • The Most Reverend Vincent Hanly (1899-1970), Irish Roman Catholic clergyman, Bishop of Elphin (1950–1970)
  • Peter Hanly (b. 1964), Irish actor, best known for his performances in Braveheart and in the BBC TV series Ballykissangel
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Hanly 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: Saigeadoir collac abu
Motto Translation: The valiant archer for ever.


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 26) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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