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

Lenihan Early Origins



The surname Lenihan 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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Lenihan Spelling Variations


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

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Lenihan Early History


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Lenihan Early History



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

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Lenihan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lenihan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Lenihan 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 Lenihan:

Lenihan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Lenihan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

Lenihan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Lenihan, aged 39, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Catherine Lenihan, aged 39, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Micheal Lenihan, aged 17, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Henry Lenihan, aged 14, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • Mary Lenihan, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Earl Granville" in 1880
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lenihan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lenihan (post 1700)



  • Leonard Lenihan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 2004
  • Joseph F. Lenihan, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 2nd District, 1966
  • Winifred Lenihan (1898-1964), American actress, writer and director
  • Deirdre Lenihan (b. 1946), American actress
  • Conor Lenihan (b. 1963), Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • Brian Lenihan Jr (1959-2011), Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • Brian Lenihan Sr (1930-1995), Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • Edmund Lenihan (b. 1950), Irish author
  • Donal Lenihan (b. 1959), retired Irish rugby union player
  • J. Michael Lenihan (1943-2015), American politician, Rhode Island State Senator (1990-2010)
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Lenihan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lenihan 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 28 November 2016 at 17:48.

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