Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland
from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Kirrane as O Ciarain or Mac Ciarain. These names are derived from the word "ciar," which means "black" or "dark brown."
Early Origins of the Kirrane family
The surname Kirrane was first found in County Mayo
(Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Kirrane family
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Kirrane Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Kirrane revealed many variations, including Kieran, O'Kieran, Keiran, Keighran, O'Keiran, Kerin and many more.
Early Notables of the Kirrane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kirrane family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kirrane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Kirrane, aged 8 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Bridgetown" departing 3rd July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 29th August 1847 but he died on board CITATION[CLOSE]
Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 83)
Kirrane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Michael Kirrane, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance" CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RELIANCE 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Reliance.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Kirrane (post 1700)
- John Joseph "Jack" Kirrane Jr. (1928-2016), American Olympic ice hockey player, inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987
The Kirrane 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: Fidens et constans
Motto Translation: Stand firm on trust.