Quinnie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Quinnie was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Coinne, which means descendant of Coinneach. The personal name Coinneach was often Anglicized to Canice or Kenny.

Early Origins of the Quinnie family

The surname Quinnie was first found in County Tyrone (Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster, central Northern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. They were directly descended from King Colla da Crioch, the Irish King of Ulster, who was banished to Scotland with 350 Clann chiefs in the year 327.

Early History of the Quinnie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quinnie research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1682, 1585, 1662, 1589 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Quinnie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quinnie Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Quinnie are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Quinney, Guinney, Guiney, Gunny, Gunie, Gunney, O'Quinney, O'Guinney and many more.

Early Notables of the Quinnie family (pre 1700)

Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quinnie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Quinnie family

A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Quinnie or a variant listed above: Claudine Guenee landed in Louisiana in 1719; Richard Gunny landed in Virginia in 1637; Griffith, and Thomas Gunie settled in Virginia in 1623; Sarah Gunney settled in Virginia in 1653.


Contemporary Notables of the name Quinnie (post 1700) +

  • Quinnie Elwood Cody (b. 1921), American Republican politician, Mayor of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, 1987-99, 2002; Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 31st District, 1998 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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