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O'Hanrahan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The many Irish surnames in use today have long rich histories behind them. The name O'Hanrahan originally appeared in Gaelic as O hAnrachain, which may be a variant of O hAnradhain, which is derived from the word anradh, which means warrior.

Early Origins of the O'Hanrahan family


The surname O'Hanrahan was first found in Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the O'Hanrahan family


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O'Hanrahan Spelling Variations


Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name O'Hanrahan revealed many variations, including Hanrahan, O'Hanrahan, Hanraghan and others.

Early Notables of the O'Hanrahan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the O'Hanrahan family to the New World and Oceana


Suffering from poverty and racial discrimination, thousands of Irish families left the island in the 19th century for North America aboard cramped passenger ships. The early migrants became settlers of small tracts of land, and those that came later were often employed in the new cities or transitional work camps. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Although the immigrants from this period were often maligned when they arrived in the United States, they provided the cheap labor that was necessary for the development of that country as an industrial power. Early immigration and passenger lists have revealed many immigrants bearing the name O'Hanrahan:

O'Hanrahan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Patrick O'Hanrahan, aged 26, who landed in America from Mitchelstown, Ireland, in 1910
  • Timothy O'Hanrahan, aged 26, who emigrated to New York, USA, in 1921
  • Gretta P. O'Hanrahan, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1922
  • Richard P. O'Hanrahan, aged 33, who settled in America from London, England, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Hanrahan (post 1700)


  • Michael O'Hanrahan (1877-1916), Irish rebel, executed for his role in the 1916 Easter Rising
  • Patrick O'Hanrahan (1895-1963), British boxer at the 1924 Summer Olympics

The O'Hanrahan 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: An uachtar
Motto Translation: The champion.


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