Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Ryans originally appeared in Gaelic as O Maoilriain.
Early Origins of the Ryans family
The surname Ryans was first found in County Tipperary
(Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland
, in the province of Munster
. According to O'Hart, the family claim descent from the Heremon Kings of Ireland
through the MacMorough pedigree, specifically Cormac, brother of Eoghan who was ancestor of O'Righin; anglicized Mulrain, O'Ryan, Ryan and Ryne. CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
However, MacLysaght claims the family claim descent from O Maoilriain located in Owney, formerly called Owney O'Mulryan which forms two modern baronies on the borders of Limerick
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
As both authorities were Chief Heralds of Ireland
in their own time, we must leave the reader to ponder which of the two is more likely.
Early History of the Ryans family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ryans research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1694, 1760 and 1709 are included under the topic Early Ryans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ryans Spelling Variations
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Ryans revealed many variations, including O'Ryan, Ryan, Mulrian, Mulryan, O'Mulrian and many more.
Early Notables of the Ryans family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ryans family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ryans Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Patrick Ryans, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name Ryans (post 1700)
- Charles W. Ryans, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1932 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
The Ryans 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: Malo mori quam fodari
Motto Translation: I would rather die than be disgraced.