The name O'Hennis is derived from the Gaelic "hAonghuis," a variant of "hAonghusa," which became O'Hennessy. Thus bearers of this name come from the same stock as the O'Hennesy Septs of Moyfenrath barony in Meath, and Philipstown barony in County Offaly
. These Gaelic names mean 'the son of Angus
,' and this distinguished Irish sept
traces its origin back to King Laeghaire Lorc who reigned in 593 A.D.
Early Origins of the O'Hennis family
The surname O'Hennis was first found in County Kildare
and the adjoining areas in Meath and Offaly
, where bearers of the name have been found since the 16th century, when Irish names were being Anglicized.
"Ennis was formerly O'Hennis, which is Ó hAonghuis in Irish. In both those areas we find Ennis, then written Enos, Ennous (to mention only two of the many variants) very frequently in sixteenth century records." CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.
Early History of the O'Hennis family
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O'Hennis Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Ennis, Enos, O'Hennis, Hennis, Ennos, Ennes and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Hennis family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Hennis family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: James Ennis, who made his home in Virginia in 1650; Alexander Ennis, who arrived in Boston in 1651 as one of the Scotch prisoners deported by Cromwell.
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- ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Supplement to Irish Families. Baltimore: Genealogical Book Company, 1964. Print.