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Where did the Irish Linnane family come from? What is the Irish Linnane family crest and coat of arms? When did the Linnane family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Linnane family history?

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Linnane 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.


A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Linnane include Lennon, Lannin, Lannon, Linnane, O'Lennon, Lennane, Leonard, MacAlinion, O'Lennan and many more.

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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linnane research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Linnane History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Linnane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Linnane family came to North America quite early:

Linnane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Linnane, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • Patrick Linnane, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869

Linnane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Lawrence Linnane, aged 44, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Patrick Linnane, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • James Linnane, aged 14, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Mary Linnane, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney"
  • Patrick Linnane, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Sumner"


  • Reverend Brian F. Linnane S.J., American President of Loyola University Maryland
  • Mr. John Linnane (d. 1912), aged 61, American Second Class passenger from Chelsea, Michigan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Sylvie Linnane (b. 1956), Irish retired hurler
  • Nessa Linnane, Hollywood Second Unit Director, Assistant Director
  • Steve Linnane, Australian former rugby league footballer


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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The Linnane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Linnane 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.

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