Honour History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Honour 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 Honour family

The surname Honour 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 Honour family

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

Honour Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Honour family (pre 1700)

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


United States Honour migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Honour Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Sarah Honour, who landed in Virginia in 1723 [1]

Australia Honour migration to Australia +

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

Honour Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Elizabeth Honour, English Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atwick" on 28 September 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • John Honour, aged 48, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • John Honour, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • William Honour, aged 15, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

New Zealand Honour migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Honour Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Walter Honour, aged 31, a shoemaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Emma Honour, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Emma A. Honour, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Walter H. Honour, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Honour (post 1700) +

  • Brian Honour (b. 1964), English former footballer who made nearly 400 appearances in the Football League playing as a midfielder
  • Hugh Honour FRSL (1927-2016), British art historian, born in Eastbourne, Sussex, known for his writing partnership with John Fleming.


The Honour 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. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 23rd August 2020, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atwick)


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