Origin of the Name Ruane
The origin of the name Ruane
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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 Ruane
include O'Rowan, Rowan, O'Ruan, Ruan, Rouine, O'Rogan, Rogan, O'Royan and Royan. This name in Irish is O'Ruadhain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This Irish family is a sept of the Ui Maine whose modern representatives are numerous in the Ui Maine country of east Galway . In north Connacht this was also the name of an Ui Fiachrach sept located around the parish of Robeen, County Mayo, and was still found there as Ruane in the year 1840. In the Annals of Loch Ce the name was anglicized as Rowan, Ruane, and Roughan. O'Rwan occurs frequently in the Fiants relating to Counties Clare, Galway , Cork , Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Kildare, and Leix. Some Rowans were a branch of the O'Morchoe sept, as witnessed in a pardon in the year 1584. Today these names are found in all four Provinces in small numbers, the majority being in Ulster .
The Ruane 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 Ruane descendants.