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  • George Samuel O'Hanlon (1912 - 1989)
    George O'Hanlon, a famous actor and radio personality, known to the older generation as Joe McDoakes and to the younger generation as the voice of George Jetson on the Jetsons TV series. George Samue...
  • Virginia O'Hanlon (1889 - 1971)
    In 1897, 8-year-old Virginia of 115 West 95th Street, bothered by friends who kept telling her there was no such thing as Santa, wrote a letter to The New York Sun. “Papa says ‘If you see...
  • Dr. Philip F. O'Hanlon (1863 - 1930)
    From The Virginia O'Hanlon House -- No. 115 W. 95th Street Dr. Philip F. O’Hanlon was making a name for himself in the medical community.  O’Hanlon’s family had a medical ...
  • Redmond O'Hanlon (c.1640 - 1681)
    Redmond O'Hanlon Count Redmond O'Hanlon (c. 1640 – 25 April 1681) was a 17th-century Irish tóraidhe or rapparee (guerrilla-outlaw). Born around 1640 in Poyntzpass, O'Hanlon's Country,...
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About the O'Hanlon surname

Ó hAnluain

The Ó Hanlon , Lord of Orior Parent house Uí Nialláin (Síl Cernaich) Titles

kings of Uí Nialláin roidama of Ireland (w/ others) lords of Airghialla The O’Hanlon, lord of Orior Rex et Duxes, Airthir Lord of Nialláin Baron of Orior (extinct) Chief, Uí Meith Tiri (to Kildare) Comtes de Killeavy Ardmara, Loch nEathach et Snám Aignech Royal Standard Bearer, north of the Boyne

Founded 4th century Founder Anluan Current head none

The Ó hAnluain (anglicised as O'Hanlon) family was an agnatic extended family comprising one of a string of dynasts along the Ulster-Leinster border. Depending on the advantage to the sept, the named leader—The Ó Hanlon—supported either the Earl of Tyrone or authorities within the English Pale. During the 15th century, ties were close with the famed Earls of Kildare. Frequently, members of the sept would be on either side of a rebellion. Some would be outlawed; others pardoned; some ending up on the winning side.

They were second in the borderland line, east to west, comprising the followers of The Macgennis, The Ó Hanlon, The O'Neill of the Fews, The MacMahon, The O'Reilly and The O'Rourke. Behind the Ulster line were the lands of other septs, including those of The O'Neill and The O'Donnell.

The heart of "Ó Hanlon's Countrie" was centered on south central Ulster, much of it being in what is now the Republic of Ireland, beginning some 1,000 years ago. The oldest on record is Flaithbheartach Ua'h-Anluain, Lord of Ui-Niallain, whose murder in the year 983 AD is recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters. The clan is documented in several of the earliest written histories of Ireland and appears in medieval tales, Elizabethan documents, the Plantation of Ulster, and traditional Irish songs.

The modern (anglicised) version of the name is usually given as Hanlon or O'Hanlon, but there are many variants: Handlon, Handlan, Hanlan, Hanlen, Hanlin, Hanlyn etc. Occasionally some variants of the names Hanly, Hanley and Handly are also derived from Ua'h-Anluain, although Hanly is usually the anglicised form of Ua'h-Ainlighe, an ancient Roscommon sept (the oldest on record is Donal O'Hanly, Bishop of Dublin from 1085 to 1096).