Ronane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Ronane 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 Ronane family

The surname Ronane 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 Ronane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ronane research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1139 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Ronane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ronane Spelling Variations

Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Ronane family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Ronane, Ronayne, O'Ronayne, O'Ronan, Roonane, O'Roonane, Roonan, O'Roonan and many more.

Early Notables of the Ronane family (pre 1700)

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United States Ronane migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Ronane family in North America:

Ronane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Ronane, aged 20, who settled in America from Co. Mayo, in 1893
  • Bridget Ronane, aged 19, who immigrated to America from Tuam, in 1898
Ronane Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Julia Ronane, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1901
  • Delia Ronane, aged 17, who landed in America from Cloonfad, in 1906
  • Thomas Ronane, aged 24, who settled in America from Ballykillian, in 1906
  • Bridget Ronane, aged 55, who landed in America from Ballyhaunis, Ireland, in 1909
  • Patrick Ronane, aged 21, who landed in America from Luam, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Ronane migration to Australia +

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

Ronane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Margaret Ronane, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm" [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ronane (post 1700) +

  • John Ronane (b. 1933), British Emmy Award nominated actor for his role in "War of Children" (1972)


The Ronane 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. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 5th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) David Malcolm 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/davidmalcolm1854.shtml


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