The Anglo- Norman Conquest
lead by Strongbow
introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans
brought some traditions to Ireland
that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames
. One of the best examples of this is the local
surnames, such as lanaghan, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England
, but were almost non-existent within Ireland
previous to the conquest. Originally, these place names were prefixed by "de," which means "from" in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The lanaghan family originally lived in the settlement of Llanaghan, which is in the Welsh
county of Brecon.
Early Origins of the lanaghan family
The surname lanaghan was first found in County Roscommon
(Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they were granted lands by Strongbow
after his invasion of Ireland
Early History of the lanaghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our lanaghan research.Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1249 is included under the topic Early lanaghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
lanaghan Spelling Variations
Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name lanaghan revealed many spelling variations
including Lanigan, Lanahan, Lenaghan, Lanaghan, Linehan and many more.
Early Notables of the lanaghan family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early lanaghan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the lanaghan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
lanaghan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Edward Lanaghan, who arrived at Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
- Edward Lanaghan, aged 24, a farmer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Perseus" in 1834
The lanaghan 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: Patriae infelici fidelis
Motto Translation: Faithful to an unhappy country.