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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 Lenaghan, 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 Lenaghan family originally lived in the settlement of Llanaghan, which is in the Welsh county of Brecon.

Lenaghan Early Origins



The surname Lenaghan 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.

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Lenaghan Spelling Variations


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Lenaghan 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 Lenaghan revealed many spelling variations including Lanigan, Lanahan, Lenaghan, Lanaghan, Linehan and many more.

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Lenaghan Early History


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Lenaghan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lenaghan research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1249 is included under the topic Early Lenaghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lenaghan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lenaghan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Lenaghan:

Lenaghan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patt Lenaghan, aged 19, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Henry Lenaghan, who arrived in Mississippi in 1857

Lenaghan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Lenaghan, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Ardglass, Ireland, in 1906
  • Lenaghan, who landed in America from Dromod, Ireland, in 1907
  • John Lenaghan, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Dromod, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mary Lenaghan, aged 21, who landed in America from Ballymote, Ireland, in 1909
  • Lawrence Lenaghan, aged 22, who landed in America from Strokestown, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lenaghan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lenaghan (post 1700)



  • Kim Lenaghan, Northern Ireland- based freelance broadcaster, writer and critic
  • Michael "Mick" Lenaghan (b. 1958), former Australian rules footballer who played from 1984 to 1986 for Geelong
  • Denis Lenaghan (b. 1956), former Australian rules footballer
  • John Lenaghan (b. 1888), English footballer from Liverpool

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    11. ...

    The Lenaghan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lenaghan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 18 August 2014 at 08:55.

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