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Many variations of the name larkin have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as O Lorcain, which is derived from the old personal name Lorc, which means rough or fierce.

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The surname larkin was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name larkin were encountered in the archives: Larkin, O'Larkin and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our larkin research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1528, 1591, 1564, 1580, 1619 and 1609 are included under the topic Early larkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thomas Lorkin (c.15281591), an English churchman, academic and physician, Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge from 1564; and William...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early larkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the larkin family came to North America quite early:

larkin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Larkin, who settled in Boston in 1630
  • Eliz Larkin, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth Larkin, who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Edward Larkin, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1640
  • William Larkin, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
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larkin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Larkin settled in Annapolis Maryland in 1720
  • John Larkin, who landed in Virginia in 1769-1770
  • Ann Larkin, who arrived in America in 1797

larkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John P Larkin, who arrived in America in 1802
  • Miss W Larkin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1810
  • Mary Larkin, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Jane Larkin, aged 30, landed in America in 1821
  • Patrick Larkin, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1836
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larkin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Larkin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • Joseph Larkin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1837

larkin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Martin Larkin, a herdsman, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Larkin, a joiner, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Patrick Larkin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840
  • Samuel Larkin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850
  • Michael Larkin, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
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larkin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Michael Larkin, aged 17, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • James Larkin, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Julia Larkin, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Catherine Larkin, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
  • Michael Larkin, aged 2 mths., arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Chile" in 1874
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  • Deacon John Larkin (1735-1807), American ordained minister of the First Congregational Church in Charlestown, Massachusetts who helped Paul Revere by securing a horse for his famous "Midnight Ride"
  • Milt Larkin (1910-1996), American jazz trumpeter and bandleader
  • Lieutenant-General Thomas Bernard Larkin (1890-1968), American Assistant Chief of Staff (G-4) US Army (1950-1952)
  • Thomas O. Larkin (1802-1858), American merchant and diplomatic agent, signer of the original California Constitution
  • Oliver Waterman Larkin (1896-1970), American art historian
  • Barry Larkin (b. 1964), retired American Major League Baseball player
  • William H. Larkin Jr., American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
  • William J. Larkin Jr., American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1979-90; Member of New York State Senate 39th District, 1991-
  • William T. Larkin, American Democrat politician, Chair of Livingston County Democratic Party, 1936-42; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1940, 1944, 1948
  • William T. Larkin, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
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larkin Historic Events



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  • Mr. James J. Larkin, English Greaser from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    4. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The larkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The larkin 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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