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Where did the Irish Honor family come from? What is the Irish Honor family crest and coat of arms? When did the Honor family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Honor family history?

The Irish surname Honor was, in most instances, an Anglicization of the Irish Gaelic O hEoghanain; however, it is also thought to have derived from O hUaithnin, sharing the same origin as Honeen, and O'Huonyn.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Honan, O'Honan, Honeen, Honyn, O'Honounne and many more.

First found in the ancient territory of Thomond (Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), literally North Thomond, the pre-Norman Kingdom of Thomond, since divided between counties Limerick, Tipperary and Clare.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Honor research. Another 147 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1699 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Honor History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 20 words(1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Honor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Honor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Sara Honor, who arrived in Virginia in 1705

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  • Mr. Charles Leslie Honor (1906-1941), Australian Telegraphist from Mailang, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking


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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: Nec timeo nec sperno
Motto Translation: I neither fear nor despise.

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  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Honor Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Honor 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.

This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:21.

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