An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2013
Where did the Irish McGinn family come from? What is the Irish McGinn family crest and coat of arms? When did the McGinn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McGinn family history?The Irish surname McGinn originally appeared in Gaelic as O Finn, from the word "fionn," which means "fair."
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McGinn dating from that time include Finn, O'Finn, Maginn, Fynn, O'Fynn and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGinn research. Another 256 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1020 and 1369 are included under the topic Early McGinn History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McGinn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McGinn family relocated to North American shores quite early:
McGinn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The McGinn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGinn 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.
This page was last modified on 9 April 2012 at 09:02.
houseofnames.com is an internet property owned by Swyrich Corporation.