Show ContentsHeneghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Heneghan family

The surname Heneghan 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.

Early History of the Heneghan family

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Heneghan Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Heneghan revealed many variations, including Heenan, Henaghan, Henehan, Heenon, Hanegan, Hannegan, Hanigan, Hannigan, Haneghan and many more.

Early Notables of the Heneghan family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Heneghan family

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Heneghan: Dennis, James, John, Martin, Mathias, Michael, Patrick and Robert Heenan, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860; Mrs. Ellen Henegan settled in San Francisco Cal. in 1850.

Contemporary Notables of the name Heneghan (post 1700) +

  • Colin Heneghan (b. 1932), leader of the American mute rights movement
  • John F. Heneghan, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Hartford, Connecticut, 1948-72 (acting, 1948-50) [1]
  • Roisin Heneghan, co-founder of Heneghan Peng, an Irish architecture firm
  • Steve Heneghan (b. 1980), Irish Motorcycle Road Racer
  • Mr. Patrick Joseph Heneghan O.B.E., British Chief Executive Officer for European Movement and former Executive Director of the UK Labour Party, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for parliamentary and political services [2]
  • Mr. Brendan Joseph Heneghan O.B.E., British Principal at William Henry Smith School in West Yorkshire, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Special Educational Needs [2]
  • Elizabeth Heneghan, Canadian judge serving on the Federal Court of Canada
  • James Heneghan (b. 1930), English-born, Canadian Governor General's Award nominated author

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from
  2. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook