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The surname Flannery originally appeared in Gaelic as "O Flannabhra," derived from the words "flann," which means "red," and "abhar," which means "eyebrow."
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Flannery family name include Flannery, Flannary, Flanary, O'Flannery and others.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flannery research. Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1401 and 1415 are included under the topic Early Flannery History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Flannery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Flannery to North America:
Flannery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Michael Flannery arrived in New York State with his wife and family in 1811
- Henry Flannery arrived in Newcastle Co. DE in 1829
- Edmond Flannery, aged 36, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1848
- Maria Flannery, aged 6, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1848
- Nicholas Flannery, aged 40, landed in New York, NY in 1848
Flannery Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Dennis Flannery, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Breeze" from Dublin
- Thomas Flannery, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Flannery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Michael Flannery, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
- Mary Flannery, aged 26, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
- Catherine Flannery, aged 19, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
- Michael Flannery, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
- Margaret Flannery, aged 19, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
Flannery Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Flannery landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
- John Flannery, aged 19, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
- Patrick Flannery, aged 22, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
- Thomas A. Flannery, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, 1969-71
- Wilburn Elmer Flannery (1904-1958), American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County, 1945-58; Speaker of the West Virginia State House of Delegates, 1949-58
- Thomas Flannery, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1964
- Patrick Flannery, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2012
- Patricia Flannery, American politician, Mayor of Bridgewater Township, New Jersey, 2008
- Mildred Davis Flannery, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Logan County, 1958; Appointed 1958
- Margaret Flannery, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1944
- L. G. Flannery, American Democrat politician, Wyoming Democratic State Chair, 1937; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wyoming, 1948
- Joseph E. Flannery, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1960
- John T. Flannery, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908
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
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- 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.
- MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
- Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
The Flannery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flannery 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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