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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.

Finigan Early Origins



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.

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Finigan Spelling Variations


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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.

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Finigan Early History


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Finigan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finigan research. Another 394 words (28 lines of text) covering the year 1405 is included under the topic Early Finigan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Finigan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finigan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Finigan 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



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 Finigan family came to North America quite early:

Finigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Finigan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • James Finigan, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Matthew Finigan, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • George Finigan, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1847
  • Peter Finigan, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854

Finigan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Peter Finigan, a cooper, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finigan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Finigan (post 1700)



  • Thomas J. Finigan, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Mechanicville, New York, 1930-35
  • Pearle F. Finigan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Nebraska, 1964

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    3. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    4. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    5. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    6. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    7. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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    The Finigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finigan 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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