Origin of the Name Tynan
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 Tynan
include Tinan, Tynnan, Tiner and Tyner. This name in Irish is O'Teimhneain and the latter variants are the anglicized forms of this. This sept came from Leix.
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.
An early record of the name is found in the 1659 Petty's Census and at that time the name was found to be numerous in County Kilkenny as well as Leix. In the 1665 Census the name appears in the Hearth Money Rolls for County Tipperary and the sixteenth century Fiants show that Counties Leix and Kilkenny were equally their habitat. The name in very early times was spelt O'Teynane and O'Tyvnane. A most notable person of the name was Katherine Tynan (1861-1913), who was a poetess and novelist.
The Tynan 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 Tynan descendants.