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

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The surname Quinn 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 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 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 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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Quinn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Quinn, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. Christopher Quinn U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Quinn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Katharine Quinn, aged 5, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Timothy Quinn, aged 40, landed in Canada in 1823
  • Mary Quinn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Joseph Quinn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • John Quinn, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
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Quinn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Quinn a tailor, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1837
  • John Quinn, aged 27, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "The Ascendant" in 1851
  • John Quinn, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • John Quinn, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Hyderabad"
  • Thomas Quinn, aged 30, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
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Quinn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Quinn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoenix" in 1860
  • W. Quinn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Mary Quinn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Ellen Quinn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Merrington" in 1867
  • Charles Quinn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
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  • Jim Quinn (b. 1943), American radio talk show
  • Patrick Joseph "Pat" Quinn III (b. 1948), American politician, 41st and current Governor of Illinois
  • John J. Quinn, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1928, 1940, 1944; U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, 1935-40
  • John J. Quinn, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 5th District, 1956
  • John M. Quinn, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 16th District, 1905-06
  • John P. Quinn, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Governor of New York, 1920; Socialist Labor Candidate for Mayor of New York City, New York, 1921
  • John P. Quinn, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Erie County 4th District, 1943-46
  • John P. Quinn, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • John R. Quinn, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Albany County 1st District, 1910
  • John R. Quinn (b. 1890), American Republican politician,Candidate in primary for Mayor of Los Angeles, California, 1929
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Quinn Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Quinn, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. William Quinn, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Martin  Quinn (1847-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. George Frederick Quinn (1903-1941), Australian Petty Officer Cook (S) from Tempe, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Bernard Quinn, British Surgeon Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Quinn, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. George Quinn, English Greaser from Kirkdale, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Alfred Quinn, English Second Waiter from West Derby, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas John Quinn, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Seacombe, Cheshire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Master Thomas Quinn, English Boatswain's Young Assistant from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  5. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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