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Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Ronan family in Ireland was O Ronain, which means descendant of Ronan. The popular personal name Ronan may derive from the word ron, which means a seal.

Ronan Early Origins



The surname Ronan 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 they held a family seat from very ancient times. John Ronayne is recorded in the County of Cork in the year 1139. The name is from the old Gaelic O'Roynian and they were apparently an old Munster family until the Anglo/ Norman invasion of 1172, when their lands were forfeited and the family dispersed.

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Ronan Spelling Variations


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Ronan Spelling Variations



Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Ronan family name include Ronane, Ronayne, O'Ronayne, O'Ronan, Roonane, O'Roonane, Roonan, O'Roonan and many more.

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Ronan Early History


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Ronan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ronan research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1139 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Ronan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ronan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ronan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Ronan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Ronan to North America:

Ronan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Morrich Ronan, who landed in Maryland in 1675-1680

Ronan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael and Timothy Ronan settled in Philadelphia in 1828 and 1853 respectively
  • Bridget Ronan, aged 20, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834
  • James Ronan settled in Philadelphia in 1836
  • Patrick Ronan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
  • Barbara Ronan, aged 5, arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ronan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Ronan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1812
  • Michael Ronan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1819
  • Patrick Ronan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • David Ronan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • John Ronan settled in Canada in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ronan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Ronan, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag"
  • Kate Ronan, aged 10, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

Ronan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Ronan, aged 20, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ronan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ronan (post 1700)



  • Daniel John Ronan (1914-1969), American politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois
  • Edward Marcus Ronan (b. 1969), retired American Major League Baseball catcher
  • James A. Ronan, American Democrat politician, Illinois Democratic State Chair, 1955-67; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1972; Member of Illinois Democratic State Central Committee, 1967
  • J. D. Ronan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1880
  • Genevieve F. Ronan, American politician, Representative from New York, 1980, 1982
  • Frank J. Ronan, American politician, Mayor of Highland Park, Illinois, 1942
  • Frances Ronan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1960
  • Edward D. Ronan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 3rd District, 1870
  • Daniel John Ronan (1914-1969), American Democrat politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1948-52; U.S. Representative from Illinois 6th District, 1965-69
  • Barbara Ronan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1964
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Ipse fecit nos
Motto Translation: For he is our maker.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    6. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    7. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    10. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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    The Ronan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ronan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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