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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 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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    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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