Iran History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Iran family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Norfolk. Their name, however, derives from their place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Airaines, in Somme, France.[1]

Early Origins of the Iran family

The surname Iran was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in A.D. 1066.

Early History of the Iran family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Iran research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1548, 1576, 1617 and 1578 are included under the topic Early Iran History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Iran Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Irons, Kenirons, Hirons, Iron, Hieron and others.

Early Notables of the Iran family (pre 1700)

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Iran Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Iran family to Ireland

Some of the Iran family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Iran family

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Iran or a variant listed above were: Arron Iron settled in New England in 1758; Mathias Irons and his wife, Anne, settled in Salem in 1630; James, John, Joseph, Samuel, and William Irons arrived in Philadelphia in 1868..


Contemporary Notables of the name Iran (post 1700) +

  • Iran Cassius (b. 1985), international football player from Saint Lucia


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)


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