Finnegan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Finnegan family

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.

Important Dates for the Finnegan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Finnegan research. Another 77 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Finnegan family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Finnegan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Finnegan migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Mary Finnegan, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • William Finnegan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Anne Finnegan, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Patt Finnegan, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finnegan migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Finnegan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Finnegan, aged 19 who immigrated 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 [2]
  • Miss. Ann Finnegan, aged 5 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Dublin, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but she died on board [3]
  • Mr. James Finnegan, aged 50 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Sobraon" departing 8th May 1847 from Sligo, England; the ship arrived on 29th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. James Finnegan, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Lotus" departing 15th April 1847 from Sligo, England; the ship arrived on 24th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mr. Patrick Finnegan, aged 60 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Princess Royal" departing 5th May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 16th June 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finnegan migration to Australia

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

Finnegan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Finnegan, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]
  • Michael John Finnegan, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]
  • Alice Finnegan, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance" [4]
  • John Finnegan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [4]
  • Michael John Finnegan, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finnegan migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Finnegan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Sarah Finnegan, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "True Briton" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th February 1853 [5]
  • Edward Finnegan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Pegasus" in 1865
  • Patrick Finnegan, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Parsee" in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name Finnegan (post 1700)

  • Patrick Finnegan (1949-2018), United States Army Brigadier General, 25th President of Longwood University (2010-2012)
  • David Ignatius Finnegan (1941-2015), American attorney, talk show host, and politician, Chairman of the Boston School Committee (1978-1979)
  • William B. "Bill" Finnegan (1890-1970), American Thoroughbred horse racing trainer
  • Michael C. Finnegan (b. 1955), American managing director of investment banking for JPMorgan Chase
  • Fletcher Christian Finnegan (b. 1973), American stand-up comedian, writer and actor
  • Cortland Temujin Finnegan (b. 1984), American NFL football cornerback for the Miami Dolphins
  • Larry Finnegan (1938-1973), born John Lawrence Finneran, an American pop singer, known for his 1962 hit song "Dear One" (Old Town)
  • John J. Finnegan (b. 1938), former American politician, Massachusetts Auditor (1981-1987)
  • John P. "J.P." Finnegan (1926-2012), American actor, known for his recurring role in the crime fiction series Columbo and as the villanous character Warren T. Rat in the 1986 Don Bluth film An American Tail
  • George V. Finnegan (1882-1913), American gold and sliver Olympic medalist for boxing at the 1904 Summer Games [6]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Finnegan family

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Citations

  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. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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. 75)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Constance.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) George Finnegan. Retrieved from http://www.olympic.org/content/olympic-athletes/generic-athlete-page/?athleteid=57368
  7. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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