Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Hannant family in Ireland
was O hAnnain, which means descendant of hAnnain.
Early Origins of the Hannant family
The surname Hannant 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 very ancient times and were descended from the Kings of Ireland.
Early History of the Hannant family
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Hannant Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Hannant family name include Hannon, O'Hannon, Hannen, O'Hannen, Haneen and many more.
Early Notables of the Hannant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hannant family to the New World and Oceana
left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families
suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia
or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence
. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine
of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Hannant name:
Hannant Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Willm. Hannant, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
Hannant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bertha Hannant, aged 4, who emigrated to Danville, Ill., in 1900
- Genevieve Hannant, aged 33, who emigrated to Danville, Ill., in 1900
- Beatrice Hannant, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Gateshead, England, in 1912
- Arthur Hannant, aged 31, who landed in America from Gabshead, England, in 1914
- Mary Hannant, aged 53, who settled in America from London, England, in 1922
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Hannant Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Elizabeth Hannant, aged 56, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Hannant (post 1700)
- Laura Kerstin Hannant (b. 1985), Canadian youth activist, former Chairwoman of the International Children's Jury
- Beaumont Hannant, contemporary British musician and producer
- Benjamin Hannant (b. 1984), Australian professional rugby league footballer