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How and where did the Heenan surname originate?

Why did it spread to particular countries and regions more than others? 

What are the stories of the individuals who bear the surname Heenans?

These are some of the questions I am trying to answer through my Heenan surname study.

This is a journey that is taking me from Ireland, through my home country of Wales, into England and Scotland. I've stopped briefly at South Africa and Australia and I'll be heading to Canada and the United States at some point.

On this site you'll find the results of my research.

You can search through census returns, records of people killed in action as well as births, deaths, and marriages.

You might even find a few dogs.

If you stumble on this site and you share my interest in the Heenan surname, I hope you'll get in touch to tell me your family tree or family stories. Contact me here

If you spot any factual errors, do let me know. I've tried to be accurate but might have slipped up here or there.

Find spies and sporting legends

George Frederick Hammersley Heenan

On the biographies page you’ll encounter boxers and cricketers, industrial magnates and clerics. Among them there’s a spy, a few war heroes and the men who built the railways in India.

Discover military heroes

Arthur Clarence Heenan was executed after capture during World War 2. Read about him and other soldiers killed in action on the military records pages.

Search the records

Search for individuals by visiting the Records section of this site. Click on Records in the menu bar and use the drop down menu to navigate to different sets of records. You can search by individual or family.


The Heenan surname has been registered as a study
with the Guild of One Name Studies