Origin of the Name Renehan
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 Renehan
include Ronaghan and Renaghan. This name in Irish is O'Reannachain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Ulster .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
The prefix 'O' in this name was dropped in very early times. The name is on record from the sixteenth century in the person of a Renaghan of Carlingford, County Louth, and a century later it was one of the principal Irish names in the Barony of Tiranny, County Armagh. The Reverend Doctor Lawrence Renehan, 1797-1857, was President of Maynooth College and author of a standard work in Irish Church History. The name is rare today but there are still some Renehans in County Cork and Ronaghans in County Monaghan.
The Renehan 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 Renehan descendants.