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

The surname Flannery originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Flannabhra," derived from the words "flann," which means "red," and "abhar," which means "eyebrow."

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Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Flannery family name include Flannery, Flannary, Flanary, O'Flannery and others.

First found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flannery research. Another 289 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1401 and 1415 are included under the topic Early Flannery History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Flannery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Flannery to North America:

Flannery Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Flannery arrived in New York State with his wife and family in 1811
  • Henry Flannery arrived in Newcastle Co. DE in 1829
  • Edmond Flannery, aged 36, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1848
  • Maria Flannery, aged 6, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1848
  • Nicholas Flannery, aged 40, landed in New York, NY in 1848


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  • William Flannery (1898-1959), American art director, winner of an Academy Award in the category Best Art Direction
  • Katherine Patricia "Kate" Flannery (b. 1964), American actress, best known for playing the role of Meredith Palmer on the television series The Office
  • Susan Flannery (b. 1939), American two-time Daytime Emmy Award winning, Golden Globe winning soap opera actress, best known for her role Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful
  • John Joseph Flannery (b. 1969), former offensive guard and center in the National Football League
  • John Flannery (b. 1962), American professional golfer
  • Jeremiah Paul "Jerry" Flannery (b. 1978), former Irish rugby union player
  • Mick Flannery (b. 1983), Irish singer and songwriter
  • Paula Bernadette Flannery (b. 1974), New Zealand cricketer
  • Sarah Flannery (b. 1982), who at sixteen years old, was the winner of the 1999 East Young Scientist Exhibition and winner of the EU Young Scientist of the Year Award for her new algorithm for cryptography
  • Timothy Fridtjof "Tim" Flannery (b. 1956), Australian mammalogist, biologist, writer, paleontologist and 2007 Australian of the Year

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Firmitate coeli floreat arbor
Motto Translation: May the tree flourish in Heaven

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  2. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Flannery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flannery 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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