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O'Hanson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gaelic name used by the O'Hanson family in ancient Ireland was O hAmhsaigh.

Early Origins of the O'Hanson family

The surname O'Hanson was first found in Derry, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the O'Hanson family

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O'Hanson Spelling Variations

The spelling of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was rarely consistent. This inconsistency was due to the scribes and church officials' attempts to record orally defined names in writing. The common practice of recording names as they sounded resulted in spelling variations such as O'Hanson, Hanson, Hansom, O'Hamsey, Hampson, O'Hamson, O'Hampson, Hempson and many more.

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

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

The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name O'Hanson: Henry Hampson, who sailed to New York in 1854; John Hampson to Philadelphia in 1864; Thomas Hampson to Mississippi in 1859; Andrew Hanson to Wisconsin in 1884..

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