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The Irish name Hannigan originally appeared in Gaelic as "O hEanain," but sometimes is an abbreviated form of the surname Henagahn.

Hannigan Early Origins



The surname Hannigan was first found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, and Offaly where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Hannigan Spelling Variations


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Hannigan Spelling Variations



People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Hannigan that are preserved in archival documents are Heenan, Henaghan, Henehan, Heenon, Hanegan, Hannegan, Hanigan, Hannigan, Haneghan and many more.

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Hannigan Early History


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Hannigan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hannigan research. Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Hannigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Hannigan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Hannigan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Hannigan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Hannigan name:

Hannigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Dennis Hannigan, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Catherine Hannigan settled in New York State in 1846
  • William Hannigan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855
  • Daniel, Dennis, James, John, Michael and Thomas Hannigan settled in Philadelphia between 1848 and 1878

Hannigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Hannigan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Matthew Hannigan, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Catherine Carney Hannigan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836

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Contemporary Notables of the name Hannigan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Hannigan (post 1700)



  • Patrick Hannigan (b. 1982), American soccer player
  • Ed Hannigan, American comic book writer and artist
  • Alyson Hannigan (b. 1974), American actress
  • James Hannigan (1928-1994), Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Joseph Hannigan (1904-1944), Irish politician and doctor
  • Ben Hannigan (b. 1943), former Irish footballer
  • Lisa Hannigan (b. 1981), Irish singer and songwriter
  • Raymond "Ray" James Hannigan (b. 1927), Canadian former professional NHL ice hockey right winger
  • Teresa Hannigan, Canadian film editor
  • Barbara Hannigan (b. 1971), Canadian soprano
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    11. ...

    The Hannigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hannigan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 25 November 2016 at 12:28.

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