Hannun History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hannun is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Hannun family lived in Hanham, Gloucestershire. Ancient records reveal the name Hannun is derived from the Old English roots han, which means rock, and ham, which means village or settlement.
Early Origins of the Hannun family
The surname Hannun was first found in Gloucestershire where they held a family seat some say at the time of the Norman Conquest by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally, they are descended from Hunbald who held the lands of Hanham, now a suburb of Bristol, from Arnulf de Hesdin at the time of the taking of the Domesday Book survey in 1086 A.D. However, it was not until the 12th century when the first person of the name was officially recorded, that being of Peter de Hanham, Lord of the Manor of Hanham.
Important Dates for the Hannun family
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Hannun Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Hanham, Hannam, Haname, Hannan, Hannem, Hanhams, Hannams, Hanam, Hanams, Hannum and many more.
Early Notables of the Hannun family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hannun family to Ireland
Some of the Hannun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Hannun family
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Hannun or a variant listed above: Thomas Hanham who settled in Virginia in 1608; twelve years before the "Mayflower"; another Thomas settled in Virginia in 1773; John Hanam arrived in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850. In Newfoundland, James Hanham settled in Hants Harbour in 1829.
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