Honor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Honor family

The surname Honor was 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.

Early History of the Honor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Honor research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1699 and 1750 are included under the topic Early Honor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Honor Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Honor family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Honor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Honor migration to the United States +

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 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Honor (post 1700) +

  • Billie Honor Whitelaw CBE (b. 1932), English BAFTA Award winning actress, known for her close collaboration with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett for 25 years
  • Honor Blackman (1925-2020), English actress perhaps best known for the roles of Cathy Gale on The Avengers and as Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger
  • Honor Maude (1905-2001), Australian world authority on Oceanic string figures
  • Honor Harger (b. 1975), New Zealand curator and artist
  • Dame Honor Fell, Medical Research

HMAS Sydney II

The Honor Motto +

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.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp

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