I think that Hanniff is a Middle Eastern name, as I have come across it in
my searches amongst Armenian ancestors who came to India from Armenia via
Persia. You may want to try a google search on the name and see what
Maybe you have Armenian links as many Armenians "localized" their names.
Jean/John have the same meaning, maybe there's a clue there. I have also
seen Sack as an abbreviation for Isaac with Jewish roots.
Dear List Members,
I'm new to the list and very confused about our family's link to
We have records from England and America which state that my
husband's great-great grandfather was born in Calcutta, India in 1812.
recently received a Marriage Certificate for him from England which
listed his name not as John Hanniff, a name which we were familiar
with, but Sack Hanniff, and the record listed his father's name as
"Sack Jean". We also discovered that a year after his marriage that a
son was born to named "Daniel Boxale Hanniff". I would appreciate any
help that would clear up this perplexing information.
Dawn E. Pettit
Family Research: SETH, DE GRUYTHER, WILSON, DENTON, DAVIDSON AND DOLBY