Hinnant History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Hinnant family in Ireland was O hAnnain, which means descendant of hAnnain.
Early Origins of the Hinnant family
The surname Hinnant was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times and were descended from the Kings of Ireland.
Important Dates for the Hinnant family
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Hinnant Spelling Variations
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Hinnant dating from that time include Hannon, O'Hannon, Hannen, O'Hannen, Haneen and many more.
Early Notables of the Hinnant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Hinnant family
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Hinnant or a variant listed above, including: Bridget, James, and John Hannen who landed in Canada in 1847; Bridget Hannon landed in Boston Massachusetts in 1849; Charles, James, John, Michael, Thomas and William Hannon, who all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1765 and 1856. In Newfoundland, Edmond Hannon from Tintern Parish, County Wexford, was married at St. John's in 1802.
Contemporary Notables of the name Hinnant (post 1700)
- William "Bill" Hinnant (1935-1978), American actor
- Skip Hinnant (b. 1940), American actor and comedian
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