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

Finnigan Early Origins



The surname Finnigan 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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Finnigan Spelling Variations


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Finnigan Spelling Variations



A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Finnigan include Finnegan, O'Finnegan, Finegan, O'Finegan, Finigan and many more.

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Finnigan Early History


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Finnigan Early History



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

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Finnigan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Finnigan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Finnigan 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 Finnigan family came to North America quite early:

Finnigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Finnigan, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Hugh Finnigan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • James Finnigan, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1852
  • Bernard Finnigan, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Mr. Finnigan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1855
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Finnigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Finnigan, aged 30, a yeoman, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Ann Finnigan, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland

Finnigan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Finnigan, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Finnigan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Finnigan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883
  • Ellen Finnigan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883

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Contemporary Notables of the name Finnigan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Finnigan (post 1700)



  • Michael E. Finnigan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1893-94 (Kings County 17th District 1893, Kings County 6th District 1894)
  • John F. Finnigan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 32nd District, 1902; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1924
  • James H. Finnigan, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County 13th District, 1913
  • Frederick Finnigan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Portsmouth 5th Ward, 1938
  • Heather Candace "Candy" Finnigan (b. 1946), American professional interventionist who appears regularly in the A&E show Intervention
  • Mike Finnigan (b. 1945), American keyboard player and vocalist
  • George Joseph Finnigan (1885-1932), American Bishop in the Catholic Church
  • Simon Finnigan (b. 1981), English rugby league footballer
  • Edward David Finnigan (1913-1997), Canadian NHL ice hockey left winger, younger brother of Francis Finnigan
  • Charles Joseph Finnigan C.B., L.D.S. (1901-1967), Scottish dental surgeon, Surgeon Rear-Admiral (D) in the Royal Navy
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

  1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  5. 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).
  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. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 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 Finnigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Finnigan 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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