Hannon Family History
ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Hannon
include Hannan and Hanneen. Although there are many substantial families of Hannon in Munster and Connacht, the Annals and other sources of information regarding the septs of mediaeval Ireland seldom mention the name. According to the census of 1659 the name was then most numerous in the barony of Athlone, County Roscommon. The prefix O, dropped in the submergence of Gaelic Ireland, has not often been reclaimed. Hannon is the anglicized form of the Gaelic O'hAnnain. This name is today chiefly associated with County Limerick. Another Gaelic surname from which Hannon is derived is O'hAinchin. Patrick Hannan, 1842-1925, who was born in County Clare, discovered the Kalgoorlie goldfield in Western Australia, the richest square mile of gold in the world.The Hannon
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Hannon