Origin of the Name Ronan
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 Ronan
include O'Ronan and Ronayne. This name in Irish is O'Ronain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from County Cork . A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. There where several small septs of this name but by the sixteenth century there was only one left. They were of the Ui Fiachrach. In County Dublin they were erenaghs of Clondalkin. They were landholders in that area up to the end of the thirteenth century. The head of the midland sept was a Chieftain in the Barony of Granard until dispossessed by the O'Farrells in the thirteenth century. In modern times the name is numerous in its original habitat of Counties Cork and Waterford.
The Ronan 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 Ronan descendants.