Lenon 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. Lenon 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 Lenon family

The surname Lenon 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 Lenon family

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Lenon 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 Lenon family name include Lennon, Lannin, Lannon, Linnane, O'Lennon, Lennane, Leonard, MacAlinion, O'Lennan and many more.

Early Notables of the Lenon family (pre 1700)

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United States Lenon migration to the United States +

Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Lenon to North America:

Lenon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tedy Lenon, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [1]
Lenon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Lenon, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • John B Lenon, aged 29, who arrived in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • G. E. Lenon, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1892
  • Martha Lenon, aged 21, who immigrated to America from C. Tyrone, in 1892
  • Samuel Lenon, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Lenon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Denis Lenon, aged 24, who settled in America from Listowel, in 1900
  • Arthur Fitzmaurice Lenon, aged 32, who landed in America from Bedford, in 1904
  • Thomas James Lenon, aged 21, who landed in America from London, England, in 1908
  • Joseph Lenon, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1919
  • O. Lenon, aged 35, who landed in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lenon (post 1700) +

  • Paris Michael Lenon (b. 1977), American football linebacker
  • W. E. Lenon, American politician, Mayor of Little Rock, Arkansas, 1903-08 [2]
  • Lieutenant Colonel Edmund Henry Lenon VC (1838-1893), English recipient of the Victoria Cross

The Lenon 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

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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