O'Nyhan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The surname O'Nyhan comes from the Irish O Niathain.
Early Origins of the O'Nyhan family
The surname O'Nyhan was first found in County Cork (Irish: Corcaigh) the ancient Kingdom of Deis Muin (Desmond), located on the southwest coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where Neivin O'Nyhyn was charged with harboring felons in 1295. William O'Nyhyn appeared in another court case not much later.
Early History of the O'Nyhan family
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O'Nyhan Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Nyhan, O'Nyhan, Nihan, Nihen, Nihane, Nahane, Neehane and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Nyhan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Nyhan family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Nihen, who arrived in New York in 1833; Honora and Patrick Neehan, who landed in Boston in 1849; Ellen Nihan, who immigrated to New York in 1850.
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The O'Nyhan 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: Fortis et hospitalis
Motto Translation: Brave and hospitable.