Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Hinneghan appeared as O Dubhain, where the first portion of the word is dubh, which means black, and the second portion is probably derived from some obsolete Irish personal name.
Early Origins of the Hinneghan family
The surname Hinneghan was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, from very ancient times.
Early History of the Hinneghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hinneghan research.Another 379 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1679, 1675, 1549, 1628, 1735, 1727, 1735, 1724, 1727, 1720, 1724, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Hinneghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Hinneghan Spelling Variations
Those scribes in Ireland
during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Hinneghan family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Downs, Down, Downe, Downes and others.
Early Notables of the Hinneghan family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was William Ducie (c.
1612-1679), created 1st Viscount Downe in 1675; Andrew Downes, also known as Dounaeus, (c.1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hinneghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Hinneghan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Hinneghan: Jane Downe who settled in Jamaica in 1685; John Downe settled in Barbados in 1685; another John Downe settled in Virginia in 1670; Robert Downe settled in St. Christopher in 1635.