The Irish surname O'Hanley comes from the Gaelic "O hAinle," which is derived from the word "ainle," meaning "beauty."
Early Origins of the O'Hanley family
The surname O'Hanley 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 ancient times and the surname emerged as an anglicized form of the Irish O hAinle.
Early History of the O'Hanley family
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O'Hanley Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name O'Hanley revealed spelling variations
, including O'Hanley, Hanley, O'Hanly, Hanly, Henley, O'Henley, Henly, O'Henley, Hanlay and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Hanley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Hanley family to the New World and Oceana
A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the O'Hanley name:
O'Hanley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Mary O'Hanley, aged 18, who landed in America from Lanesboro, in 1897
O'Hanley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Angus O'Hanley, aged 68, who emigrated to America, in 1911
- Sadie O'Hanley, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1916
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Hanley (post 1700)
- Brian O'Hanley (b. 1984), American professional ice hockey player
- Ross O'Hanley (1939-1972), American AFL football safety for the Boston Patriots
The O'Hanley 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: Saigeadoir collac abu
Motto Translation: The valiant archer for ever.