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

Finnegan Early Origins



The surname Finnegan 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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Finnegan Spelling Variations


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Finnegan Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Finnegan were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Finnegan, O'Finnegan, Finegan, O'Finegan, Finigan and many more.

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Finnegan Early History


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Finnegan Early History



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

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Finnegan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finnegan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Finnegan 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Finnegan family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Finnegan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Finnegan, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
  • Mary Finnegan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • William Finnegan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Anne Finnegan, aged 21, landed in New York in 1854
  • Patt Finnegan, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finnegan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Patrick Finnegan, aged 19 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Champion" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in Septemer 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 28)

Finnegan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Finnegan, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Michael John Finnegan, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Alice Finnegan, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • John Finnegan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • Michael John Finnegan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finnegan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Finnegan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Patrick Finnegan, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finnegan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Finnegan (post 1700)



  • David Ignatius Finnegan (1941-2015), American attorney, talk show host, and politician, Chairman of the Boston School Committee (1978-1979)
  • William Finnegan, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Brown County 1st District
  • Thomas Finnegan, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 1936
  • Philip J. Finnegan (b. 1886), American Democrat politician, Circuit Judge in Illinois, 1929-33; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1932
  • Michael C. Finnegan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008
  • Maurice E. Finnegan, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 6th Circuit, 1959
  • James P. Finnegan, American politician, U.S. Collector of Internal Revenue for the 1st Missouri District, 1946-47
  • John E. Finnegan, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 8th District, 1948
  • James Edward Finnegan (1892-1966), American Democrat politician, Wisconsin State Attorney General, 1933-37; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, 1940
  • James A. Finnegan (1907-1958), American Democrat politician, Accountant; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940 (alternate), 1948, 1952, 1956
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Finnegan Historic Events


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Finnegan Historic Events




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Finnegan Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 28)

Other References

  1. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  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. 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).
  8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. 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.
  10. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
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The Finnegan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finnegan 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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