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Hanlon Name Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAnluain ‘descendant of Anluan’, a personal name from the intensive prefix an- + luan ‘light’, ‘radiance’ or ‘warrior’. Occasionally Hanlon has been used to represent Hallinan.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hanson, Hannon, Hanley, Cannon, Shannon, Hannan, Donlon, Bannon

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Where is the Hanlon family from?

You can see how Hanlon families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hanlon family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hanlon families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 354 Hanlon families living in Lancashire. This was about 37% of all the recorded Hanlon's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Hanlon families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hanlon surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hanlon ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Hanlon. 24% of Hanlon men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Hanlon women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hanlon were Labourer and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    24%
  • Builders Labourer
    8%
  • Incapacitated
    5%
  • Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Housewife
    4%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Housekeeper
    2%
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Census Records

There are 99,000 census records available for the last name Hanlon. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hanlon census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Hanlon. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Hanlon. For the veterans among your Hanlon ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hanlon lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Hanlon life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hanlon in 1942 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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