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Where did the Irish Quinn family come from? What is the Irish Quinn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Quinn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Quinn family history?

The Irish name Quinn was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Cuinn, which means descendant of Conn.

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Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Quinn family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including O'Quinn, Quin, Quinn, Quine, MacQuin, MacQuinn, McQuin, McQuinn, MacCuin, Cuinn, Cuin and many more.

First found in county Longford (Irish: An Longfort) traditionally known as Annaly or Teffia, and situated in the Irish Midlands, in Northwest Leinster where they were Lords of Muintir Gillagain. The O'Quinns and MacQuinns (and all of the spelling variables derived from these) were descended from Conn, who in turn was descended from the Princes of Annaly.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quinn research. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1252, 1279, 1281, 1522, 1551, 1645, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Quinn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quinn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Quinn family in North America:

Quinn Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • David Quinn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685
  • David Quinn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685

Quinn Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Giller Quinn, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Sophia Quinn, aged 67, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Barney Quinn, who came to Maryland in 1776

Quinn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Quinn, aged 42, landed in New York in 1812-1813
  • Nicholas Quinn, aged 34, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Laetitia Quinn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Henry Quinn, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Arthur Quinn, who arrived at the Port of New York, NY in 1816


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  • Aidan Quinn (b. 1959), American actor
  • Kimberly Quinn (b. 1961), American journalist, commentator, and magazine publisher
  • Francesco Quinn (1963-2011), Italian-born American actor
  • Susan Quinn (b. 1940), American award-winning writer of non-fiction books and articles
  • William Francis Quinn (1919-2006), Governor of the Territory of Hawaii from 1957 to 1959
  • Patrick Joseph "Pat" Quinn III (b. 1948), American politician, 41st and current Governor of Illinois
  • Jim Quinn (b. 1943), American radio talk show
  • Anthony Quinn (1915-2001), born Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, Mexican two time Academy Award winning actor
  • David Beers Quinn (1909-2002), Irish historian
  • Edward Quinn (1920-1997), Irish photographer

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  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
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The Quinn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quinn 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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