Show ContentsMoynan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Moynan family

The surname Moynan 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.

Early History of the Moynan family

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Moynan Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Moynan family (pre 1700)

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United States Moynan migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Moynan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Owen Moynan, who sailed to Philadelphia or New Castle in 1805
  • Owen Moynan, aged 28, who arrived in New Castle or Philadelphia in 1805 [1]
  • Thomas Moynan, who arrived in New York in 1870
  • Thomas Moynan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Moynan (post 1700) +

  • Eimear Moynan, Irish camogie player, winner of a Soaring Star award in 2009
  • Richard Thomas Moynan (1856-1906), Dublin-born painter

The Moynan 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.

  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) on Facebook