Nyhan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Nyhan comes from the Irish O Niathain.

Early Origins of the Nyhan family

The surname Nyhan 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 Nyhan family

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Nyhan Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Nyhan family (pre 1700)

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Canada Nyhan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Nyhan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Sarah Nyhan, aged 1 year and 5 months who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" departing 13th September 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 1st November 1847 but she died on board [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Nyhan (post 1700) +

  • Jerry Nyhan, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Monongalia County, 1938 [2]
  • Brendan Nyhan (b. 1978), American liberal to moderate political blogger, author, and political columnist
  • David Nyhan (1940-2005), American journalist and biographer whose column ran in The Boston Globe, eponym of the Harvard University's "David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism"
  • William Nyhan (b. 1926), American physician, Professor of Pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine in La Jolla, CA, co-discoverer of Lesch-Nyhan syndrome
  • Denis "D D" Nyhan, New Zealand driver of standard bred racehorses, top driver for 50 years


The Nyhan 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.


  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 91)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, May 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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