Show ContentsLenard History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Lenard originally appeared in Gaelic as O Leannain, which is possibly derived from the word leann, which denotes a cloak. Another possible derivation is from the word leanan, which means paramour.

Early Origins of the Lenard family

The surname Lenard was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Lenard family

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Lenard Spelling Variations

Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Lenard were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Lennon, Lannin, Lannon, Linnane, O'Lennon, Lennane, Leonard, MacAlinion, O'Lennan and many more.

Early Notables of the Lenard family (pre 1700)

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Lenard Ranking

In the United States, the name Lenard is the 6,592nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Lenard migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute due to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Lenard family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Lenard Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Lenard, who arrived in Maryland in 1668 [2]
Lenard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Lénard, who settled in Philadelphia in 1812
  • Samuel Lenard, aged 28, who arrived in Rhode Island in 1812 [2]
  • Bartholomew Lenard, aged 29, who landed in New York in 1849 [2]
  • Mary Lenard, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1849 [2]

Canada Lenard migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lenard Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Bridget Lenard, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Neptune" in 1834

Australia Lenard migration to Australia +

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

Lenard Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jeremiah Lenard, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Henry Lenard, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Condor" in 1851 [4]
  • Michael Lenard, aged 26, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [5]
  • John Lenard, aged 16, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [5]
  • Margaret Lenard, aged 18, a dairy maid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel" [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lenard (post 1700) +

  • Voshon Lenard (b. 1973), American basketball player who played 11 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • Mark Lenard (1924-1996), born Leonard Rosenson, American actor, best known for his role as Sarek, father of Spock, in the science fiction Star Trek franchise
  • Henry M. Lenard (1903-1983), American politician, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1953 to 1972
  • Victor L. Lenard, American politician, Candidate for Connecticut State Senate 7th District, 1910; Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Windsor, 1912 [6]
  • Marilyn Lenard, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1996; Presidential Elector for Florida, 1996 [6]
  • Joseph M. Lenard (b. 1962), American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 24th District, 2000 [6]
  • Philipp Lenard (1862-1947), Hungarian-German physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics, 1905
  • Alexander Lenard (1910-1972), Hungarian physician, writer, and translator
  • Aldon Lewis Lenard (1921-2007), Italian-born, Canadian athlete, university professor, athletics administrator, coach, and referee
  • Troy Lenard Sneed Jr. (1967-2020), American gospel musician from Perry, Florida; he died of COVID-19

The Lenard 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: Prisco stirpe hibernico
Motto Translation: Of an ancient Irish stock

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  5. South Australian Register Tuesday 9th January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Coromandel 1855. Retrieved
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