Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Hannaghan appeared as O Dubhain, where the first portion of the word is dubh, which means black, and the second portion is probably derived from some obsolete Irish personal name.
Early Origins of the Hannaghan family
The surname Hannaghan was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, from very ancient times.
Early History of the Hannaghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hannaghan research.Another 379 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1679, 1675, 1549, 1628, 1735, 1727, 1735, 1724, 1727, 1720, 1724, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Hannaghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hannaghan Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Hannaghan revealed many variations, including Downs, Down, Downe, Downes and others.
Early Notables of the Hannaghan family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was William Ducie (c.
1612-1679), created 1st Viscount Downe in 1675; Andrew Downes, also known as Dounaeus, (c.1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hannaghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hannaghan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hannaghan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mary Hannaghan, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833