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Where did the Irish Ronayne family come from? What is the Irish Ronayne family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ronayne family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ronayne family history?

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Ronayne 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.


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.

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.


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


More information is included under the topic Early Ronayne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ronayne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Ronayne, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831

Ronayne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Richard Ronayne, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


  • 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
  • Mr. John  Ronayne (1894-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917


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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The Ronayne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ronayne 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.

This page was last modified on 30 August 2015 at 09:04.

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