The name ‘Hanna’ originates from England. It is derived from the medieval given name ‘Hannah’ or ‘Anna’ (from the Hebrew word ‘Chana’ meaning ‘He (God) has favoured me (i.e. with a child)’). The name is borne in the Bible by the mother of Samuel , and there is a tradition that it was the name of the mother of the Virgin Mary. St Anne was a popular figure in the Middle Ages. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Hanna’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 15th century were ‘John of Hanna’ is recorded as being the master of a ship belonging to the King of Scotland in 1424. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definitely determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘James Hannam’, aged 45, and his son ‘John Hannam’, aged 30, both Farmers by trade, from the county of Yorkshire, England. They emigrated to North America in 1774, sailing from the Port of Liverpool aboard the ship named the ‘York packet’ on the 14th of March 1774, arriving in New York on the 21st of March of the same. ‘Josiah Calvin Hanna’, of Tampa, Florida, married ‘Saragh Emily’, daughter of ‘John Staten Jackso…
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