Lenachan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Norman Conquest of Ireland 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 surname. Local surnames, such as Lenachan, 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 Lenachan family originally lived in the settlement of Llanaghan, which is in the Welsh county of Brecon.

Early Origins of the Lenachan family

The surname Lenachan 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 in 1172.

Early History of the Lenachan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lenachan research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1249 is included under the topic Early Lenachan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lenachan Spelling Variations

It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Lenachan that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Lenachan has existed in the various shapes: Lanigan, Lanahan, Lenaghan, Lanaghan, Linehan and many more.

Early Notables of the Lenachan family (pre 1700)

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Australia Lenachan migration to Australia +

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

Lenachan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dominick Lenachan, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 8 years, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th March 1863, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [1]


The Lenachan 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.


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde


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