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The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name Hanrahan originally appeared in Gaelic as O hAnrachain, which may be a variant of O hAnradhain, which is derived from the word anradh, which means warrior.

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The surname Hanrahan was first found in Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

One explanation for the many variations is that scribes and church officials frequently spelled the name as it sounded: an imprecise method at best. Understandably then, various spellings of the surname Hanrahan were found in the many archives researched. These included Hanrahan, O'Hanrahan, Hanraghan and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hanrahan research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hanrahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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

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Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name Hanrahan:

Hanrahan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Hanrahan, an indentured individual on record in Pennsylvania in 1772

Hanrahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Hanrahan, naturalized in New York in 1802
  • John Hanrahan, on record in North Carolina in 1812
  • Ellen Hanrahan, who came to Vermont in 1818
  • James Hanrahan, who came to Philadelphia in 1839
  • Catherine Hanrahan, who arrived in New York in 1851
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Hanrahan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Daniel Hanrahan, aged 18, who settled in America from Feakle, Ireland, in 1904
  • Edward Hanrahan, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1904
  • Cornelius Hanrahan, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Listowel, Ireland, in 1906
  • Alice Hanrahan, aged 20, who settled in America from Belfast, in 1906
  • Ellen Hanrahan, aged 51, who settled in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1907
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Hanrahan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Hanrahan, aged 50, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1837 aboard the barque "Robert Watt" from Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Hanrahan, who arrived in Quebec in 1839, aboard the "Borneo," from Limerick, Ireland

Hanrahan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Margaret Hanrahan, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • Bridget Hanrahan, aged 21, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Mary Hanrahan, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Patrick Hanrahan, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Thomas Hanrahan, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Violet"
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  • Jack Hanrahan (1933-2008), American Emmy Award-winning comedy writer for his work on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
  • William A. "Bill" Hanrahan (1918-1996), American radio and television announcer, the Voice of NBC News
  • Robert Paul Hanrahan (b. 1934), American politician, member of the U.S. Congress from Illinois
  • Joe Hanrahan (b. 1964), Irish former footballer
  • Kieran Hanrahan (b. 1957), Irish radio host and musician
  • Patrick Hanrahan, Australian writer
  • Edmund Hanrahan (1802-1875), Newfoundland politician who represented Conception Bay (1842 to 1854) and Carbonear (1855 to 1862)
  • Raymond Allan "Ray" Hanrahan (b. 1952), former Australian politician
  • Robert James Hanrahan (b. 1969), Australian musician and composer
  • Brian Hanrahan (1949-2010), English BBC news correspondent
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: An uachtar
Motto Translation: The champion.

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    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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    The Hanrahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hanrahan 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.

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