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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the O'Hannen family in Ireland was O hAnnain, which means descendant of hAnnain.
The surname O'Hannen was first found in County Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times and were descended from the Kings of Ireland.
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name O'Hannen were encountered in the archives: Hannon, O'Hannon, Hannen, O'Hannen, Haneen and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Hannen research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1266 and 1659 are included under the topic Early O'Hannen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early O'Hannen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the O'Hannen family came to North America quite early: Bridget, James, and John Hannen who landed in Canada in 1847; Bridget Hannon landed in Boston Massachusetts in 1849; Charles, James, John, Michael, Thomas and William Hannon, who all settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1765 and 1856. In Newfoundland, Edmond Hannon from Tintern Parish, County Wexford, was married at St. John's in 1802.
The O'Hannen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Hannen 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.
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