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Where did the Irish Flannigan family come from? What is the Irish Flannigan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Flannigan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Flannigan family history?

The Irish name Flannigan was originally written in a Gaelic form as "O Flannagain," from the word "flann," which means "red" or "ruddy."

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Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Flannigan family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Flanagan, Flanaghan, Flanagen, Flannagan, Flannagen, Flanigan, Flannigan, Flanigen, Flannigen, Flanagin, Flannagin and many more.

First found in County Roscommon, where they claim descent from the O'Connors as shown by the similarities of the Coat of Arms. Today the surname is more frequently found in County Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare, no doubt branches from their ancestral roots. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flannigan research. Another 179 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1308 are included under the topic Early Flannigan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Flannigan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Flannigan family in North America:

Flannigan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • John Flannigan settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1765
  • John Flannigan, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765

Flannigan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Michael Flannigan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • Margaret Flannigan, aged 14, arrived in New York in 1849
  • James Flannigan, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854
  • Bridget Flannigan, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854
  • Margt Flannigan, aged 18, landed in New York in 1864


Flannigan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Flannigan, aged 1, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway

Flannigan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Catherine Flannigan, aged 30, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"
  • Elizabeth Flannigan, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
  • Mary Flannigan, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"
  • Michael Flannigan, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "South Sea"
  • Patrick Flannigan, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"

Flannigan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Flannigan, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Clarence" in 1875
  • Owen Flannigan, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

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  • Tracy Flannigan, award winning American independent filmmaker
  • Katherine Mary Flannigan (1890-1954), Irish-born literary figure and author
  • Iain Flannigan, Scottish professional footballer
  • Tommy Flannigan (1908-1981), Scottish footballer
  • Joanne Flannigan (1978-1988), Scottish resident of Lockerbie from0, Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Kathleen Mary Flannigan (1947-1988), Scottish resident of Lockerbie from0, Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Thomas Brown Flannigan (1944-1988), Scottish resident of Lockerbie from0, Scotland, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died


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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: Certavi et vici
Motto Translation: I have fought and conquered.

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  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
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  5. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Flannigan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flannigan 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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