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The surname Nihan comes from the Irish O Niathain.

Nihan Early Origins



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.

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Nihan Spelling Variations


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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.

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Nihan Early History


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Nihan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nihan research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nihan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Nihan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nihan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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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: Fortis et hospitalis
Motto Translation: Brave and hospitable.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
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    The Nihan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nihan 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 14 September 2012 at 10:17.

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