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

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Flinn originally appeared in Gaelic as O Floinn, which is derived from the word "flann," which means "ruddy."

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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 Flinn include Flynn, O'Flynn, Flinn, Lynn, O'Lynn, O'Linn and many more.

First found in Tuitre (now Antrim,) where they were Lords of Tuitre. [1] However, the Flinn surname arose independently in several parts of Ireland. Perhaps the oldest line were a Sept of O Floin in Armagh, Ulster, where they were a senior branch of Clanna Rury of Ulidia, claiming descent from King Colla Uais, the famed 4th century Irish King, who in turn was descended from the Heremon royal line.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flinn research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1255 are included under the topic Early Flinn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Flinn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. 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 Flinn family came to North America quite early:

Flinn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Bernard Flinn, who landed in America in 1760
  • Barnard Flinn settled in America in 1762
  • John Flinn, who arrived in America in 1797

Flinn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Andrew Flinn settled in New York State in 1803
  • Michael Flinn, who landed in America in 1809
  • Thomas Flinn, who landed in America in 1809
  • Lawrence Flinn, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1818
  • James Flinn, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1840


Flinn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Valentine Flinn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1823
  • Maurice C Flinn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Daniel Flinn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Catherine Flinn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1829
  • Margaret Flinn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1833


Flinn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Flinn, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Hugh Flinn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Flinn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840
  • Isabella Flinn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840
  • James Flinn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840


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  • Alex Flinn, American author of novels for young adults
  • Kelly Flinn (b. 1970), American pilot, first female B-52 pilot in the United States Air Force
  • William Flinn (1851-1924), American political boss and construction magnate
  • Kelton Flinn, American computer game designer
  • John Richard Flinn (b. 1954), former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Ryan Patric Flinn (b. 1980), American football punter
  • Kathleen Flinn, American writer and journalist
  • Don Flinn (1892-1959), American who played major league baseball
  • Hugo Victor Flinn (1880-1943), Irish Fianna Fáil Party politician
  • Ryan Flinn (b. 1980), Canadian professional ice hockey winger

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  7. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
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The Flinn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flinn 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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