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

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

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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 Flynn family name 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 Flynn 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 Flynn research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1255 are included under the topic Early Flynn 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 Flynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Flynn:

Flynn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Hugh Flynn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • John, Flynn Jr., who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Joseph Flynn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Mary Flynn, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Patric Flynn, who landed in New York in 1833


Flynn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Martin Flynn, who arrived in Arkansas in 1902

Flynn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Terence Flynn, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Flynn, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Sgt. Walter Flynn U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the 74th Regiment

Flynn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Pall Flynn, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Patt Flynn, aged 16, landed in Canada in 1812
  • Jno Flynn, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Daniel Flynn, aged 3, arrived in Canada in 1823
  • Margaret Flynn, aged 28, landed in Canada in 1823


Flynn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Peter Flynn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840
  • John Flynn, aged 22, British convict from Corfu, Greece, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Ellen Flynn, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Margaret Flynn arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849
  • John Flynn, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia


Flynn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Flynn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
  • Michael Flynn arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864
  • Margaret Flynn arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866
  • Michael Flynn arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866
  • Mary Flynn arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866


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  • William James Flynn (1867-1928), American Director of the FBI (1919-1921)
  • Errol Flynn (1909-1959), Australian-born, famous American actor known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films
  • Edward Flynn (1909-1982), American Olympic gold medalist boxer at the 1932 Summer Olympics
  • Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964), American socialist, organizer and leader
  • Raymond Leo Flynn (b. 1939), American politician, Mayor of Boston (1984-1993), and American ambassador to the Vatican (1993-1997)
  • John Thomas Flynn (1882-1964), American journalist
  • Jim Flynn (b. 1938), American country music songwriter
  • Michael Francis Flynn (b. 1947), American statistician and science fiction author
  • Edward Joseph Flynn (1891-1953), American politician, Secretary of State of New York 19291939
  • William Smith Flynn (1885-1966), American politician, the 54th Governor of Rhode Island from 1923 to 1925

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  • The Flynn-Tolchard Families: An Ancestoral Genealogy Including Branches of the Hoskins, Hickok, and Foster Families by Herman Halladay Flynn.
  • Out of Grandfather's Trunk by Elizabeth Blakshear Flinn.
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  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. 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).
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The Flynn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flynn 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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