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The roots of the Fannin surname in Ireland are somewhat unclear; it seems that the name was both native Irish Gaelic, and Norman. The Gaelic name ó Fionnáin seems to be derived from Gaelic word "fionn," which means "fair," and has been Anglicized as "Finan" and "Fanning," both of which are Norman names that came to Ireland in the 12th century. As a Norman name, Fannin is generally thought to be derived from the Norman personal name Panin.

Fannin Early Origins



The surname Fannin was first found in Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where Fanningstoown, previously known as Ballyfanning can be found, as well as in neighboring Tipperary where this Norman family settled at Ballingarry. One line of thinking is that they were originally from Fainent in Normandy, and arrived in England during the Norman Conquest of 1066, and came to Ireland in the 12th century. One notable bearer of the personal name who lived several centuries prior to the introduction of hereditary surnames was St. Finan who died in 661 AD, and achieved repute for his missionary work in England.

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Fannin Spelling Variations


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Fannin Spelling Variations



Medieval scribes and church officials spelled the names as they sounded, so a name was often spelled many different ways during the lifetime of a single person. The investigation of the origin of the name Fannin revealed many spelling variations including Feenan, Fanning, Fannin, Fanningley, Fannon, Finan, Finnan, O'Finan and many more.

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Fannin Early History


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Fannin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fannin research. Another 377 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1636 and 1651 are included under the topic Early Fannin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fannin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fannin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Fannin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Fannin:

Fannin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Pat Fannin, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Fannin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Fannin, aged 56, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

Fannin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Fannin, aged 30, who landed in America from Donegal, in 1904
  • Maggie Fannin, aged 21, who settled in America from Cavan, in 1905
  • Martin Fannin, aged 28, who landed in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1907
  • Matthew Fannin, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Dunmore, Ireland, in 1910
  • Patrick Fannin, aged 56, who landed in America from Dunmore, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fannin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Miss. Ann Fannin, aged 7 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Wakefield" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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. 27)
  • Miss. Margaret Fannin, aged 11 months who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle on 20th May 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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. 27)

Fannin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Margaret A. Fannin, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fannin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fannin (post 1700)



  • Colonel James Walker Fannin Jr. (1804-1836), namesake of Fannin county, Texas, who, on March 20, 1836 surrendered himself and 284 of his men after the Battle of Coleto to the Mexican General Santa Anna who had Fannin and the men executed as traitors
  • Paul Jones Fannin (1907-2002), American politician, Governor of the Arizona from 1959 to 1965
  • Mario Fannin (b. 1987), American football running back
  • Robert Eugene Fannin, retired American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1992

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Suggested Readings for the name Fannin


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Suggested Readings for the name Fannin



  • James Fanning of Hopkinton Mass., and Some of His Descendants by Frederic L. Stafford.

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Citations


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  1. ^ 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. 27)

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  4. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Fannin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fannin 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.

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