Origin of the Name Hannah
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Hannah
include Hanna and Hannay. This surname originated in Galloway in Scotland and is of Anglo-Celtic origin, found throughout England , Ireland , Scotland and Wales. It is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Gilbert de Hannethe of County Wiggetone who rendered homage in the year 1296 and a John Hanna who was recorded as being a 'Master' of a ship of James, King of Scotland , in the year 1424. The Gaelic form of the name is O'hAnnaidh. A branch of the family settled in Ireland in the year 1621. A Robert Hannay was among the Planters in County Longford and was made a Baronet of Scotland in the year 1630. Many of the notable men of the family have been Presbyterian leaders from Belfast. In modern times most bearers of the names Hannah and Hanna in Ireland are found in Ulster Province.
The Hannah coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Hannah descendants.