Quain History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Quain family

The surname Quain was 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.

Early History of the Quain family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quain research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1281, 1252, 1279, 1522, 1551, 1645, 1726, 1575, 1634, 1595, 1693, 1766 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Quain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quain Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Quain revealed many variations, including O'Quinn, Quin, Quinn, Quine, MacQuin, MacQuinn, McQuin, McQuinn, MacCuin, Cuinn, Cuin and many more.

Early Notables of the Quain family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thomas O'Quinn, Bishop of Clonmacnois (1252-1279), as well as John Quinn, Bishop of Limerick (1522-1551), as well as Thady Quin (1645-1726) of Adare of the Thomond O'Quins, who was the grandfather of the first Earl of Dunraven. Walter Quin (c. 1575-1634), was an Irish poet and preceptor of Charles I. Born in Dublin, he travelled abroad and became a cultivated writer in English, French, Italian, and...
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United States Quain migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Quain:

Quain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Quain, aged 19, who arrived in America from Skreen, Ireland, in 1908
  • Charles Quain, aged 30, who arrived in America from Croom, Ireland, in 1909
  • William Quain, aged 31, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Hannah Quain, aged 17, who arrived in America from Galbally, Ireland, in 1912
  • Joseph Quain, aged 22, who arrived in America from Croom, Ireland, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Quain migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quain Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • John Robert Quain, aged 44, who arrived in Ottawa, Canada, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name Quain (post 1700) +

  • Buell Halvor Quain (1912-1939), American ethnologist
  • Fannie Dunn Quain, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1936 [1]
  • Sir John Richard Quain (1816-1876), Irish judge, youngest son of Richard Quain of Ratheahy, co. Cork
  • Sir John Richard Quain (1816-1876), Irish judge, youngest son of Richard Quain
  • Jones Quain (1796-1865), Irish anatomist, Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in the University of London
  • Sir Richard Quain (1816-1898), 1st Baronet, Irish physician, fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1851; he was asked by Queen Victoria to attend prime minister Benjamin Disraeli during his last few days
  • Richard Quain (1800-1887), Irish-born, English anatomist and surgeon, brother of Jones Quain
  • Kevin Quain, Canadian rock musician and producer who played piano and accordion


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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