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The surname Moonan comes from the original Irish O Muanain, the Oriel form of the Munster name O Maonain.

Moonan Early Origins



The surname Moonan was first found in the ancient territory of Oriel, located in the southeast corner of Ulster. Monks of Ireland have traditionally recorded a "Saint Moenenn" for the same feast day as Monan. Saint Monan is a legendary saint believed to have lived in either the 6th or 7th century. The first written record of him was found in the works of Brevarium Aberdonense, which was published in Edinburgh in 1509. In this account, Saint Monan was a companion of Saint Adrian who was with him on the Isle of May when he suffered martyrdom and then went on to Inverey in Fife and set up a chapel that fell to ruin. This chapel was rebuilt by King David II of Scotland between 1329 and 1371 after he recovered from battle wounds thanks to the intercession of the saint. Today, this is the site of St Monans in Fife, Scotland.

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Moonan Spelling Variations


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Moonan Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Moonan, O'Moonan, Monan, O'Monan, O'Monane, O'Monyne and many more.

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Moonan Early History


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Moonan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moonan research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1664 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Moonan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moonan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moonan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Moonan 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moonan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick and Bridget Moonan, who arrived in Boston in 1849
  • Mick Moonan, who landed in Boston in 1850

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Motto


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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: Flecti non frangi
Motto Translation: To be bent, not broken.


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Moonan Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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    The Moonan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moonan 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 19 February 2014 at 11:34.

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