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Nihan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The surname Nihan comes from the Irish O Niathain.

Early Origins of the Nihan family


The surname Nihan 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 Neivin O'Nyhyn was charged with harboring felons in 1295. William O'Nyhyn appeared in another court case not much later.

Early History of the Nihan family


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Nihan Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Nyhan, O'Nyhan, Nihan, Nihen, Nihane, Nahane, Neehane and many more.

Early Notables of the Nihan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Nihan family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nihan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Nihan, who immigrated to New York in 1850
  • James Nihan, who sailed from Cork to Boston in 1851
  • Mary Nihan, who landed in New York in 1851
  • John Nihan and his family, who arrived in New York in 1854

The Nihan 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: Fortis et hospitalis
Motto Translation: Brave and hospitable.


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