Maginn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Irish surname Maginn originally appeared in Gaelic as O Finn, from the word "fionn," which means "fair."
Early Origins of the Maginn family
The surname Maginn was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. One of the first records of the name was Aed Ó Finn, an Irish musician who died 1269. His obituary listed him as a master of music and minstrelsy.
Important Dates for the Maginn family
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Maginn Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Maginn were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Finn, O'Finn, Maginn, Fynn, O'Fynn and others.
Early Notables of the Maginn family (pre 1700)
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Maginn migration to the United States
A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Maginn or a variant listed above:
Maginn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Daniel Maginn, aged 21, who landed in Antigua (Antego) in 1683 
Maginn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Maginn, aged 17, who arrived in New York, NY in 1852 
Maginn migration to New Zealand
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Maginn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Maginn, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
- Mary Maginn, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
Contemporary Notables of the name Maginn (post 1700)
- William Maginn (1794-1842), Irish writer
- Mr. Guy Julian Maginn M.B.E.,, British Higher Officer for Customs Manager for the Border Force with the Home Office, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for public service 
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