Show ContentsFlanary History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Flanary originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Flannabhra," derived from the words "flann," which means "red," and "abhar," which means "eyebrow."

Early Origins of the Flanary family

The surname Flanary was first found in County Tipperary (Irish: Thiobraid Árann), established in the 13th century in South-central Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Flanary family

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Flanary Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Flanary revealed many variations, including Flannery, Flannary, Flanary, O'Flannery and others.

Early Notables of the Flanary family (pre 1700)

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Flanary Ranking

In the United States, the name Flanary is the 12,846th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Flanary migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Flanary or a variant listed above, including:

Flanary Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nicholas Flanary, aged 40, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [2]
  • David Flanary, who arrived in Mississippi in 1859 [2]
Flanary Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mae R. Flanary, aged 22, who settled in Dallas, Texas, in 1922
  • James G. Flanary, aged 30, who immigrated to Marion, Kentucky in 1924

Contemporary Notables of the name Flanary (post 1700) +

  • Peter Flanary, American artist and sculptor, known for his sculptures in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Michael Flanary, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996 [3]
  • Kevin Flanary, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008 [3]
  • Jason A. Flanary, American Republican politician, Candidate for Virginia State Senate 37th District, 2011 [3]
  • James M. Flanary, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Big Stone Gap, Virginia, 1878-81 [3]

The Flanary Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Firmitate coeli floreat arbor
Motto Translation: May the tree flourish in Heaven

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  2. 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)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook