Origins Available: Irish
There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Lennan 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 Lennan family
The surname Lennan 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 Lennan family
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Lennan Spelling Variations
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland
was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origins of the Lennan family name include Lennon, Lannin, Lannon, Linnane, O'Lennon, Lennane, Leonard, MacAlinion, O'Lennan and many more.
Early Notables of the Lennan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Lennan family to the New World and Oceana
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Lennan:
Lennan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Lennan, who landed in America in 1806 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Lennan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Catherine Lennan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm
- Anne Lennan, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Constantine"
- Thomas Lennan, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"
- Patrick Lennan, aged 25, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Carnatic"
- Charles Lennan, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1858.shtml.
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Contemporary Notables of the name Lennan (post 1700)
- C. E. Lennan, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 40th District, 1921-22 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Lennan 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