Finigan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the Finigan family in Ireland was "O Fionnagain," derived from the word "fionn," denoting a fair-headed person.
Early Origins of the Finigan family
The surname Finigan 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 Finigan family
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Finigan Spelling Variations
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 Finigan were encountered in the archives: Finnegan, O'Finnegan, Finegan, O'Finegan, Finigan and many more.
Early Notables of the Finigan family (pre 1700)
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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. 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 Finigan family came to North America quite early:
Finigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Finigan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century