Henehan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Henehan family

The surname Henehan 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.

Important Dates for the Henehan family

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Henehan Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Henehan include Heenan, Henaghan, Henehan, Heenon, Hanegan, Hannegan, Hanigan, Hannigan, Haneghan and many more.

Early Notables of the Henehan family (pre 1700)

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Henehan migration to the United States

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Henehan to North America:

Henehan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Henehan, aged 27, who immigrated to the United States from Irishtown, in 1904
  • Thomas Henehan, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Dunmore, in 1904
  • Mary E. Henehan, aged 27, who settled in America from Ballymuray, Roscommon, in 1905
  • Patrick Henehan, aged 45, who immigrated to America from Ashton, England, in 1906
  • Margaret Henehan, aged 34, who settled in America from Claremorris, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Henehan migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Henehan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Henehan, aged 27 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Admiral" departing 1st June 1847 from Waterford, Ireland; the ship arrived on 7th July 1847 but he died on board [1]

Henehan migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Henehan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Henehan, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Henehan (post 1700)

  • Kira Henehan, American author and novelist, best known for her 2010 novel Orion You Came and You Took All My Marbles which was nominated for the Believer Book Award
  • Bernard Henehan, American actor
  • Joan Henehan, American television actress

Citations

  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 79)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 13th September 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1854.shtml.
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