Hannant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Important Dates for 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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Hannant migration to the United States
Irish families 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 immigrated to the United States, in 1892
Hannant Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Bertha Hannant, aged 4, who immigrated to Danville, Ill., in 1900
- Genevieve Hannant, aged 33, who immigrated to Danville, Ill., in 1900
- Beatrice Hannant, aged 22, who immigrated 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 migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Hannant Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Elizabeth Hannant, aged 56, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1923
Hannant 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:
Hannant Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Joshua Hannant, (b. 1844), aged 25, British ploughman travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 
- Mrs. Isabella Hannant, (b. 1846), aged 23, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 
- Mr. James D. Hannant, (b. 1868), aged 1, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Hydaspes" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 30th September 1869 
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
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html