This interesting and unusual surname recorded in several spellings including Hane, Hann, Hain, Hane, Hun and Hunn, is from the medieval European given name "Han(n)". This was usually a short form of Johan, from the Hebrew name "Yochanan", meaning "Jehovah has favoured" (me with a son), or "May Jehovah favour" (this child). However, in some cases, the name may be from the personal name Henry, which is composed of the Germanic elements "haim, heim", home, and "ric", power, and even from Randolph, which is also from a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements "rand", rim (of a shield), shield and "wolf", wolf.The patronymic forms include Hance, Hanson and Hansom. Among the early recordings from church registers of England are those of Reynold Hun, at the church of St Mary Abbots, Kensington, on March 8th 1592, Alicia Hunn, the daughter of Ricardi Hunn, christened at St Martins in the Field, Westminster, on August 25th 1661, and Joseph Hann and Mary Luis, married on October 31st 1706, at St. James's church, Dukes Place; London.. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Hannesone, which was dated 1379, in the "Records of the Borough of Nottingham", during the reign of King Richard 11, known as "Richard of Bordeaux", 1377 - 1399.
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