Dineen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Dineen family belong to the County Cork families, especially from the South-western area known anciently as Corca Laoidhe. In the 11th century in Ireland, the frequency of travel as well as the nation's population increase encouraged many to adopt hereditary surnames so that they would not be mistaken for others that shared their first name. The surname Dineen appeared as "O Duinnín" in Irish Gaelic. It is a patronymic name, from the most ancient of Irish naming traditions, and means 'descendent of Duinnín'.

Early Origins of the Dineen family

The surname Dineen was first found in County Cork, especially in the south-western part anciently known as Corca Laoidhe. Today the "O" prefix is extremely rare for this surname. Major changes in spellings of names occurred in Ireland after Cromwell's conquest in the early 17th century. The British colonizers Anglicized Irish names by removing Irish prefixes, translating, simplifying and standardizing the spellings. The substitution of O in the place of Mc was probably the most common of these errors. The name Dineen lost it's O' at this time, and it has only rarely been revived. Also, in this era, the Gaelic name O' Duinnin of County Kerry was often anglicized to 'Downing'.

Early History of the Dineen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dineen research. Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1860, 1934, 1984, 1623 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Dineen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dineen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dinneend, Dineane, Dinneynd, Dinneyn, Dinneind, Dinneane, Dinneand, Dineent, Dineend, Dineand, Dinnean, Dineynd, Dineint, Dineyn, Dineind, Dinneant, Dinean, Dinneent, Dinneint and many more.

Early Notables of the Dineen family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dineen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dineen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dineen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh Dineen, who arrived in New York in 1834 [1]
  • John Dineen, who landed in New York in 1834 [1]
Dineen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Delia Dineen, aged 25, who landed in America from Limerick, in 1906
  • Hannah Dineen, aged 36, who immigrated to the United States from Castlegregory, Ireland, in 1912
  • Christina Dineen, aged 22, who settled in America from Limerick, Ireland, in 1913
  • Daniel Dineen, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Cahireiveen, Ireland, in 1914
  • Ellie Dineen, aged 19, who immigrated to America from Causeway, Ireland, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Dineen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dineen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Catherine Dineen, aged 14 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Covenanter" departing 17th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 9th August 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Mr. John Dineen who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Covenanter" departing 17th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 9th August 1847 but he died on board [2]
  • Mr. John Dineen, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Covenanter" departing 17th June 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 9th August 1847 but he died on board [2]
Dineen Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Carrie M. Dineen, aged 31, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1911

Australia Dineen migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dineen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alison Dineen, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [3]
  • Daniel Dineen, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Nugget" [4]

New Zealand Dineen migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dineen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael Dineen, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [5]
  • Mrs. Susan Dineen née Rowe, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [5]
  • Park Dineen, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Dineen (post 1700) +

  • Kerry Michael Dineen (b. 1952), former American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Patricia Major Dineen (1936-1961), American ice dancer
  • Gordon M. Dineen (b. 1962), American professional ice hockey coach
  • Sylvester A. Dineen (b. 1898), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 3rd District, 1925-33 [6]
  • M. J. Dineen, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1892 [6]
  • John Dineen, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Huntingdon, 1897-98 [6]
  • Jerry W. Dineen, American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives 31st District, 1897-99 [6]
  • Benedict D. Dineen (1890-1958), American Democrat politician, Lawyer [6]
  • Ivan Dineen (b. 1987), Irish rugby union player
  • Patrick Joseph Dineen (b. 1938), former Irish cricketer
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Robert Joseph Dineen, American Seaman First Class from Pennsylvania, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [7]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 73)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/europa1855.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nugget 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/nugget1858.shtml.
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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