The Irish surname O'Honan was, in most instances, an Anglicization of the Irish Gaelic O hEoghanain; however, it is also thought to have derived from O hUaithnin, sharing the same origin as Honeen, and O'Huonyn.
Early Origins of the O'Honan family
The surname O'Honan was first found in the ancient territory of Thomond
(Irish: Tuadh Mumhan), literally North Thomond
, the pre-Norman Kingdom of Thomond, since divided between counties Limerick
Early History of the O'Honan family
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O'Honan Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Honan, O'Honan, Honeen, Honyn, O'Honounne and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Honan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Honan family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Teague Honan, who settled in Barbados in 1679; Andrew Honan, who was naturalized in Kentucky in 1853; James Honan, who was naturalized in Indiana between 1853 and 1857.
The O'Honan 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: Nec timeo nec sperno
Motto Translation: I neither fear nor despise.