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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.

Finegan Early Origins



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.

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Finegan Spelling Variations


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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.

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Finegan Early History


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Finegan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finegan research. Another 394 words (28 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.

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Finegan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finegan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Finegan 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



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

Finegan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Finegan, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Michael Finegan, who arrived in Maryland in 1828
  • Edward Finegan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

Finegan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

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

Finegan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Finegan, a slater, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Ann Finegan, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Catherine Finegan, aged 20, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finegan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Finegan (post 1700)



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

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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    The Finegan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finegan 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 October 2015 at 11:34.

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