Hanlon Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Hanlon O'Hanlon O_HANLON
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About the Project

The Hanlon Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Hanlon/O'Hanlon names and their variants. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Hanlon name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (Pittsburgh Hanlons or County Donegal Hanlons), by time period (18th Century Hanlons), or by topic (please comment to request a new topic). These studies include a number of family groups which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

The intention is to include all spelling variants - and there are many!

Related Surnames and Surname Variants

The Gaelic surname of Ua h'Anluain was first used in Ireland over a thousand years ago by a family group in south east Ulster, Ireland. Since most people could not write at the time, this resulted in many alternative spellings. As recently as the early 1900's, semi-literate immigrants from Ireland had official records with two or three different spellings as they simply could not read them. The most common forms are Hanlon and O'Hanlon (the tags used for this study), but the following all derive from the same origin. All are included in this study.

Some common name variants:

How to Join

To join the Hanlon Name Study, feel free to add your name with WIki ID to the Membership list below, giving your area of interest. Or just post an introduction comment at the bottom of this page. If people see shared interests, contact each other!

To dive in you can :

  • say hi and sit back to see if someone contacts you with similar interests
  • add a study category to your own Hanlon profiles so they appear in the study: see categories for Hanlon & O'Hanlon profiles in this study
  • generally improve any existing profiles for more sources, better accuracy, more links to family, nicer bio etc. This will help people find them, connect to them and everyone benefits. see Hanlon & O'Hanlon profiles in general

If you don't see your area of interest, please contact the Name Study Coordinator: Annemarie Hanlon for assistance to get it created.

1. Say hi, let people know your area of interest

Add a comment at the bottom of this page
For example,
- Mention names of people in a particular place or time, or
- Give the wiki-ID of a profile you'd like help with
You can now consider yourself a member. Welcome!
Feel free to add your name to the membership list (scroll down), or the coordinator can do it for you when they see your comment.
If you wish, you may now use the study participant sticker for your own bio to show your interest: scroll down or click here.

2. Include a profile in the study

Feel free to add the profile of any person with the Hanlon surname (or variants) to the Hanlon Name Study.
Note: if you are not the profile manager you can edit the profile, but please do ask the manager first.
  1. Copy this category text (including the double square brackets):
  2. Open the profile to edit it, then paste the category text above the == BIOGRAPHY == header.
  3. Hit save.
That's it, you now have a profile in the Hanlon Name Study. Welcome!
Of course, if there is a more specific category, please use it. See the list of study categories here
If you wish, you may now use the study participant sticker for your own bio to show your interest: scroll down or click here.

3. Stealth mode? Yes, you can help out without joining the study

All help is welcome. You don't need to sign up, or comment etc.
Although it's nice to know who else might be working on the same topics so we can help each other, if you're just passing through, a few minutes help improving profiles is always appreciated.
Have a look at the Hanlon & O'Hanlon profiles in general which are most in need of help - and if something catches your eye, just go for it. Maybe track down a source for an unsourced profile? Or adopt one that doesn't have a manager? Some profiles are linked to their immediate family, but no link has yet been found to the main WikiTree: if you can add sourced profiles like parents, spouses or children maybe the next person passing by can then link them up?

Member Sticker

... ... ... is a member of the Hanlon Name Study Project.
Member sticker If you would like to show your project affiliation you can add the Hanlon ONS Member Sticker.
Just add this text anywhere you would like the sticker to appear in your bio.

Research Pages

Here are some of the current research pages included in the study. I'll be working on them, and could use your help!

Hanlon & O'Hanlon profiles in this study

This is a list of profiles with the following categories within the Hanlon Name Study
By adding any of these categories to a profile it will appear in that specific list and automatically also be included in the overall list for the name study.

Hanlon & O'Hanlon profiles in general

These are lists of all WikiTree profiles of a given name - a good place to start looking for connections


  • Annemarie Hanlon - Mainly interested in the Hanlon family groups around Dungloe in County Donegal, Ireland in the 1700s - 1800s. Includes tracing their descendants in the UK (Scotland), US (PA, NJ, NY), Australia and New Zealand. added 21 Oct 2021
  • Pete or Pedro Hanlon - descended of Patrick Hanlon of Dungloe (1806-1890) and Catherine Dudgeon of Inishfree, County Donegal, Ireland. Their descendants came to Australia from Dungloe in Donegal Ireland and we have bred like rabbits; possibly a 'make hay while the sun shines' following the dark times in Ireland (the famine, the troubles etc). I am interested in the migration of Hanlons across Ireland and in particular the migration across Northern Ireland following the 'flight of the Earls'. added 03 Nov 2021
  • Mark Hanlon - descended of William Hanlon of Kilkenny and Bridget Fleming of Coolraheen. Ancestors migrated from Kilkenny (some are still there), but may have earlier lived elsewhere in Ireland. Descendants in Australia. added 04 Nov 2021
  • Ginny Waker - interested in Hanlon’s in Armagh: Forkhill Maphoner area. added 04 Nov 2021
  • "'Evie Hanlon"' - descended from James Hanlon of Narrawong, Victoria. Family history indicates he had Dublin/Kildare connections but so far I haven't found anything to corroborate that. Him and his large family migrated 1854 from Liverpool, England on the Queen of the East landing in Melbourne in September, same year.
  • NEXT MEMBER: Welcome! Edit to add your Wiki-ID, name and interest here.

External Links

This section is work in progress and will soon be moved to a separate page.

1. Resources for Ireland

Maps of Hanlon & O'Hanlon household distribution in Ireland
note: John Grenham's excellent website has processed things like the 1901 census of Ireland to display as an interactive map. There are a few free views, after which the site requires a subscription. So be selective in your first few views!

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