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

Early Origins of the Flanery family

The surname Flanery 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 Flanery family

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Flanery 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 Flanery include Flannery, Flannary, Flanary, O'Flannery and others.

Early Notables of the Flanery family (pre 1700)

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Flanery Ranking

In the United States, the name Flanery is the 15,197th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Flanery migration to the United States +

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Flanery:

Flanery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M Flanery, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • John Flanery, aged 31, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [2]
  • Lawrence Lucius Flanery, aged 21, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1849 [2]
  • David Flanery, who landed in Mississippi in 1853 [2]
  • Edward Flanery, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1854 [2]

Canada Flanery migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Flanery Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Flanery, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1841

Australia Flanery migration to Australia +

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

Flanery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Flanery, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Flanery (post 1700) +

  • Jim Flanery, American head women's basketball coach at Creighton University
  • Mary Elliott Flanery (1867-1933), American progressive era social reformer, suffragist, politician, and journalist
  • Bridget Christine Flanery (b. 1970), American actress
  • Sean Patrick Flanery (b. 1965), American actor
  • Warren J. Flanery, American Democratic Party politician, Elected Kentucky State House of Representatives 70th District 1955; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1956 [4]
  • Warren David Flanery, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Kentucky State House of Representatives 71st District, 1973 [4]
  • M. D. Flanery, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1928, 1944 [4]

The Flanery 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. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook