Ronan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Ronan family

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.

Early History of the Ronan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ronan research. Another 79 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Ronan family (pre 1700)

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United States Ronan migration to the United States +

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 America. 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 [1]
Ronan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael and Timothy Ronan, who settled in Philadelphia in 1828 and 1853 respectively
  • Bridget Ronan, aged 20, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1834 [1]
  • James Ronan, who settled in Philadelphia in 1836
  • Patrick Ronan, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1849
  • Barbara Ronan, aged 5, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ronan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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, who settled in Canada in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Ronan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ronan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Michael Ronan, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Stag" [2]
  • Kate Ronan, aged 10, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

New Zealand Ronan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ronan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Ronan, (b. 1842), aged 26, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [3]
  • Mrs. Ann Ronan, (b. 1843), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [3]
  • Mr. James Ronan, (b. 1864), aged 4, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [3]
  • Mr. Thomas Ronan, (b. 1865), aged 3, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [3]
  • Miss Ann Ronan, (b. 1867), aged 1, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Matoaka" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 8th February 1869 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [4]
  • J. D. Ronan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1880 [4]
  • Genevieve F. Ronan, American politician, Representative from New York, 1980, 1982 [4]
  • Frank J. Ronan, American politician, Mayor of Highland Park, Illinois, 1942 [4]
  • Frances Ronan, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1960 [4]
  • Edward D. Ronan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 3rd District, 1870 [4]
  • 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 [4]
  • Barbara Ronan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1964 [4]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Ronan 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.


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STAG 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Stag.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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