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Where did the Irish Larkin family come from? What is the Irish Larkin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Larkin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Larkin family history?Many variations of the name Larkin have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Lorcain, which is derived from the old personal name Lorc, which means rough or fierce.
The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Larkin were encountered in the archives: Larkin, O'Larkin and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Larkin research. Another 133 words(10 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Larkin History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 57 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Larkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Larkin family came to North America quite early:
Larkin Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Larkin Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Larkin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Larkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Larkin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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