Finegan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Finegan family in Ireland was "O Fionnagain," derived from the word "fionn," denoting a fair-headed person.

Early Origins of the Finegan family

The surname Finegan was first found in counties Galway and Roscommon (Irish: Ros Comáin) located in central Ireland in the province of Connacht, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Finegan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finegan research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1405 is included under the topic Early Finegan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Finegan Spelling Variations

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 Finegan family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Finnegan, O'Finnegan, Finegan, O'Finegan, Finigan and many more.

Early Notables of the Finegan family (pre 1700)

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United States Finegan migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Finegan:

Finegan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Finegan, who arrived in New York in 1796 [1]
Finegan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Finegan, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Michael Finegan, who arrived in Maryland in 1828 [1]
  • Edward Finegan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]

Canada Finegan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Finegan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Finegan, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Betsy Heron" from Belfast, Ireland

Australia Finegan migration to Australia +

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

Finegan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Finegan, a slater, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Ann Finegan, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [2]
  • Catherine Finegan, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [2]
  • Miss Sarah Finegan, (b. 1832), aged 31, Irish settler travelling from Queenstown, Ireland aboard the ship "Golden Empire" arriving in Brisbane, Australia in July 1863 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Finegan (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Finegan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Rockland County, 1892-93, 1903 [4]
  • Mrs. John Finegan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1960 [4]
  • George William Finegan, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 8th District, 1966 [4]
  • Edward S. Finegan, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 10th District, 1934 [4]
  • Carl R. Finegan, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1960 [4]
  • Bette Finegan, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1959 [4]

  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1850. Retrieved
  3. ^ The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Golden Empire (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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