Show ContentsRonayne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Ronayne family in Ireland was Ó 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 Ronayne family

The surname Ronayne 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 Ronayne family

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Ronayne Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Ronayne revealed spelling variations, including Ronane, Ronayne, O'Ronayne, O'Ronan, Roonane, O'Roonane, Roonan, O'Roonan and many more.

Early Notables of the Ronayne family

Notable amongst the family name at this time was

  • John Ronayne of County Cork

Canada Ronayne migration to Canada +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Ronayne name:

Ronayne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Ronayne, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Mr. Maurice Ronayne, aged 25 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Euclid" departing from the port of Glasgow, Scotland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 1

Australia Ronayne migration to Australia +

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

Ronayne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Mary Ronayne, (Ronan), (b. 1805), aged 21, Irish nurse who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Brothers" on 3rd October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, listed as died in 1832 2
  • Richard Ronayne, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Ronayne (post 1700) +

  • Chris Ronayne (b. 1968), the American President of University Circle Inc
  • Shamus Ronayne (b. 1975), Irish professional footballer
  • Joseph Philip Ronayne (1822-1876), Irish civil engineer
  • James Ronayne, Irish sportsperson
  • Patrick Ronayne Cleburne (1828-1864), Irish-born American soldier, nicknamed "Stonewall of the West"; he served in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War where he rose to the rank of major general, eponym of Cleburne, Texas

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. John  Ronayne (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) 4

The Ronayne 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. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 53)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd November 2020). Retrieved from
  3. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook