Origin of the Hanrahan surname

Hanrahan is an Irish surname that is most common in the area of the Shannon Estuary (counties Kerry, Limerick, Clare and nearby Galway). The name originates from Anradhán, diminutive of the Old Irish word "ánradh", which translates as "warrior".

Spelling variations include: Handrahan, Hanraghan, Henrehan, Hannigan and many, many more!

Earliest known Hanrahan people

The name was originally spelled "hAnnracháin" and initially used in the Irish province of Leinster, where local nobles and kings with the name ruled. Eochaidh, King of Leinster, an early monarch who fled to Scotland in exile in 540, was the first ruler to bear the surname.

More recent examples of the surname recording include the baptism of Thady Hanrahan, the son of John Hanrahan,  at St Michans church, Dublin, on August 24th 1682, and later that of Daniel Hourihane at Drimoleague, County Cork, on December 5th 1682.

Hanrahan migration to Australia

Patrick Hanrahan arrived in Australia as an eighteen year old convict in 1802 aboard Atlas. Nothing is known about his childhood or his antecedents. He had been tried at Loughrea (Galway) on 25 March 1801 and sentenced to transportation for life.

Two ships called Atlas arrived in Sydney during 1802. The first, known as Atlas 1 arrived on 6 July and the second, Atlas 2, arrived on 30 October. The first was full of Irish rebels from the 1798 uprising and was a hell-ship on which an inordinate number of convicts died, some whilst being carried between the ship and the hospital in Sydney. The avaricious captain, Richard Brooks, was tried and he would have hanged if not for a legal technicality. He later returned to NSW and became a magistrate! There was no loss of life on Atlas 2.

It is not clear whether Patrick was transported to Australia on Atlas 1 or Atlas 2. When Patrick's Conditional Pardon was granted on 5 June 1815, his ship was recorded as Atlas 1, the 1798 rebel's hell-ship. He is known to have maintained close ties with the Irish community in NSW throughout his life and was a very loyal Catholic.

Notable Hanrahan ancestors

Click on the name of any of the notable ancestors listed below to read a short biography that I have written about them.

Hanrahan family memorials

For centuries families have created memorials to honour their forebears, including headstones, church monuments, memorial cards, obituaries and much more. This website is, in a way, just another innovation in this regard. Each of the links below takes you to a memorial page that is dedicated to that particular deceased ancestor.

Hanrahan clan

The Hanrahan clan descends from Patrick Hanrahan.

  • Legend:
  • Subject
  • Daughter
  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
  • Spouse
  • Duplicate
Patrick Hanrahan, the Elder
(b. 1784, d. 1858)
Euphemia Young
(b. Abt 1794, d. Abt 1850)
William H. Hanrahan
(b. 1809, d. 1849)
Margaret Leake
(b. Abt 1827, d. 1879)
Catherine Behan
(b. Abt 1842)
Patrick Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1844)
John Hanrahan
(b. 1845)
Catherine Hoolahan
(b. Abt 1845)
Emily Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1847)
Patrick Behan
(b. Abt 1844)
Elizabeth Fulton
(b. Abt 1848)
Bridget Hogan
(b. 1824, d. 1891)
Emily Hotham
(b. Abt 1844)
James D. Kessey
(b. 1889, d. 1954)
Patrick P. Kessey
(b. 1913, d. 1970)
Phil I. Hanrahan
(b. 1912, d. 1977)
Noel A. Kessey
(b. 1918, d. 1987)
Helen D. Kessey
(b. 1924, d. 1998)
Lyall Kessey
(b. 1919)
Edna M. Kessey
(b. 1922, d. 1938)
Kevin Kessey
(b. 1922)
Ronald L. Kessey
(b. 1923, d. 2007)
Bridget Hallman
(b. Abt 1848)
Mary Hanrahan
(b. 1849)
Henry P. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1853)
Elizabeth Hanrahan
(b. 1857, d. 1867)
John J. ("Jack") Hanrahan
(b. 1859, d. 1945)
Phil I. Hanrahan
(b. 1912, d. 1977)
Patrick P. Kessey
(b. 1913, d. 1970)
Catherine Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1864)
Dennis Hanrahan
(b. 1813, d. 1868)
Ellen Bulger
(b. Abt 1827, d. 1851)
William B. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1847)
Ellen Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1850, d. 1851)
Ellen Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1856)
Unnamed Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1857)
James P. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1858)
John C. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1860)
Arthur C. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1861)
Emily J. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1864)
John Hanrahan
(b. 1817, d. 1859)
Johanna Neville
(b. Abt 1822, d. Abt 1859)
Patrick Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1846)
Jane Hanrahan
(b. 1850)
John Hanrahan
(b. 1854)
Daniel Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1859)
James Hanrahan
(b. 1822, d. 1864)
Catherine Hogan
(b. 1807, d. 1865)
Phillip Hanrahan
(b. 1825, d. 1907)
Patrick A. Hanrahan
(b. 1855, d. 1857)
Michael H. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1856)
Edwin J. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1860)
Alfred B. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1861)
Female Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1863)
Frederick Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1866)
Ernest A. Hanrahan
(b. Abt 1868)
Mary A. Hanrahan
(b. 1828, d. 1907)
John Kessey
(b. 1836, d. 1902)
James Kessey
(b. 1858, d. 1944)
Mary J. Press
(b. 1867, d. 1951)
Mary G. Kessey
(b. 1891, d. 1941)
Garnet Martin
(b. Abt 1890)
James H. ("Harold") Kessey
(b. 1893, d. 1957)
Eva T. Hade
(d. 1966)
Terrence Kessey
(b. 1923, d. 2001)
Elizabeth V. Peate
(b. 1925, d. 2001)
Moya Kessey
(b. 1924)
Fabian Kessey
(b. 1928)
Beatrice S. ("Beat") Kessey
(b. 1895, d. 1951)
Harold Martin
(b. Abt 1890, d. 1967)
Joseph A. ("Joe") Kessey
(b. 1899, d. 1970)
Joy V. Kessey
(b. 1929)
John H. Kessey
(b. 1902, d. 1974)
Cynthia V. Collins
(b. 1906, d. 2001)
Horace M. Kessey
(b. 1928, d. 2015)
Halvar R. Kessey
(b. 1905, d. 1981)
Ena R. Murphy
(b. 1908, d. 1995)
Jane Langridge
(b. 1945, d. 2013)
Nita C. Bye
(b. 1932, d. 1974)
Halvene T. Kessey
(b. 1934, d. 2005)
Reginald B. Fleming
(b. 1929, d. 2016)
Carmel R. Kessey
(b. 1939, d. 2019)
Hilton D. Kessey
(b. 1909, d. 1977)
Josephine V. Shannon
(b. Abt 1916, d. 1983)
Philip J. Kessey
(b. 1860, d. 1934)
Elizabeth O'Neill
(b. ca. 1865, d. 1907)
James D. Kessey
(b. 1889, d. 1954)
Philip E. Kessey
(b. 1894, d. 1955)
(b. 1895)
Garnet W. Kessey
(b. 1925, d. 1978)
Sybil Kessey
(b. 1895)
Ena M. Kessey
(b. 1896)
John S. Kessey
(b. 1898, d. 1961)
Gordon J. Kessey
(b. 1901, d. 1973)
Jane Rawson
(b. 1902)
Gordon M. Kessey
(b. 1925, d. 1982)
Rose Williams
(b. 1865, d. 1955)
Keith J. Kessey
(b. 1910, d. 1940)
Edward T. Kessey
(b. 1912, d. 1912)
John M. Kessey
(b. 1863, d. 1940)
Thomas Kessey
(b. 1865, d. 1939)
Ivy M. Kessey
(b. 1901, d. 1990)
John H. Kessey
(b. 1902, d. 1958)
Alma L. Gee
(b. 1910)
Laurence E. Kessey
(b. 1937, d. 2012)
Louisa Kessey
(b. 1907, d. 1907)
Elizabeth Kessey
(b. 1867, d. 1953)
Eileen Pender
(b. 1897)
Ruby A. Pender
(b. 1906, d. 1906)
Emily Kessey
(b. 1870, d. 1876)
Ethel M. Kessey
(b. Abt 1877, d. Bef 1902)
Margaret Hanrahan
(b. 1830, d. 1864)
John H. Donnelly
(b. Abt 1857)
Ann B. Hanrahan
(b. 1833, d. 1914)
Patrick J. Foran
(b. 1834, d. 1888)
Phillip J. Foran
(b. 1856, d. 1926)
Emily Foran
(b. 1876)
Bridget Hanrahan
(b. 1837, d. 1860)
Sarah J. Hanrahan
(b. 1843, d. Aft 1879)
John H. Foley
(b. Abt 1866)
Edwin M. Foley
(b. Abt 1868)
John M. Foley
(b. Abt 1871)
Denis A. Foley
(b. Abt 1873)
Sarah J. Foley
(b. Abt 1875)
Mary A. Foley
(b. Abt 1877)
Thomas H. Foley
(b. Abt 1879)
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  • Son
  • Unknown Gender
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