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All Irish surnames have a unique and often romantic meaning. The name Neenan originally appeared in Gaelic as O Nuadhain. The original Gaelic form of the name was O hIonmhaineain, which was originally derived from "ionmhain," meaning "beloved."

Neenan Early Origins



The surname Neenan was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Neenan Spelling Variations


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Neenan Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Neenan revealed spelling variations, including Noonan, O'Nunan, O'Noonan, Nunan, Neenan and others.

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Neenan Early History


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Neenan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neenan research. Another 213 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1341 are included under the topic Early Neenan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Neenan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Neenan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Neenan 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



Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Neenan:

Neenan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harry Neenan, aged 3, who settled in America, in 1902
  • Maggie Neenan, aged 18, who landed in America from Kilrush, in 1902
  • James Neenan, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Kilrush, in 1904
  • Annie Neenan, aged 27, who settled in America from Kerry, in 1904
  • John Neenan, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Neenan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Neenan (post 1700)



  • Rev. William B. Neenan SJ, vice president and special assistant to the president at Boston College, eponym of The William B. Neenan, SJ, Millennium Chair in Economics
  • Audrie J. Neenan (b. 1950), American actress, best known for her playing judges in the TV series Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Joseph Patrick "Joe" Neenan (b. 1959), retired English professional footballer

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    Other References

    1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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    The Neenan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neenan 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 2 December 2016 at 08:19.

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