Lennon Surname Genealogy
The Lennon surname has come either from the Gaelic Leannan meaning “little cloak”
(some say “lover”) or from the personal name Lonan,
a diminutive of lon or
Lennon Resources on
- Lennan/Lennon. Lennan/Lennon name
origin and early references.
- The Lennon Family Tree. Lennons from county
- The Lennons in Argentina. Edward Lennon and
Lennon’s Family Tree.
Lennons in Ireland and
England. John Lennon, the
Beatle, was born and grew up in Liverpool. His ancestors came
from county Down in Ireland and had moved to Liverpool by 1850.
Rumor had it that grandfather Jack had worked as a professional singer
with the Kentucky Minstrels in America, but it has no basis in
fact. Jack lived and died in Liverpool. The best-known
Lennon name in Liverpool prior to John Lennon was Lennons, a small
supermarket chain begun by a Lennon from Northern Ireland.
America. Among the
Lennons who came to America in the mid 19th century were:
and Mary Lennon who came in the 1840’s
and settled in Buffalo, New York. Barney
was a watchman at a grain elevator who fell off a wharf and drowned in
1868. His grandson (via one of his
daughters) was Wild Bill
Donovan, the head of OSS during World War Two.
and Mary Lennon who arrived in 1849 and made their home in
Outagamie county, Wisconsin.
- and Ellen
Lennon who left Roscommon with her twelve children and grandchildren on
lengthy journey in 1852 which took them via Dublin, Liverpool, New
Chicago, and eventually to Joliet, Illinois.
James Lennon left Armagh with their families for America in 1847, but
not stay there. These Lennons were on a boat to Peru and ended up
in Australiain 1856.
grew up in an Irish family in St. Louis.
In 1917 he met a German dancer named Betty Heinrich whom he
they set off for Venice in southern California.
Here they raised eight children and later came fifty six
grandchildren. Their talented offspring
Lennon Brothers, a popular swing band of the 1940’s
ring announcers Jimmy Lennon and Jimmy Lennon Jr
- Bill Lennon and the Lennon Sisters
Michael and Kipp Lennon formed the band Venice in 1977.
Argentina. Edward Lennon
arrived with his family in Buenos Aires in 1842 and was one of the
country’s first Irish immigrants. He worked hard on his arrival
and in time became a substantial rancher in land to the north of Buenos
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
John Brown Lennon was a US labor
leader in the early 1900’s.
The Lennon Sisters were a
singing group who debuted on American TV in 1955 and had a long-running
career. They were born in Los Angeles of Irish/German ancestry.
John Lennon from Liverpool was
the celebrated Beatle and “Workingclass Hero” who was shot dead outside
the Dakota building in New York in 1980.
Neil Lennon from county Armagh
was an international football player for Northern Ireland who became
the football manager of Glasgow Celtic.
Select Lennons Today
- 9,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 4,000 in America (most numerous in New York)
- 8,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Ireland)
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