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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The Irish surname Maginn originally appeared in Gaelic as O Finn, from the word "fionn," which means "fair."

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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.

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 Finn, an Irish musician who died 1269. His obituary listed him as a master of music and minstrelsy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Maginn research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1020 and 1369 are included under the topic Early Maginn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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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, landed in Antigua (Antego) in 1683

Maginn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Maginn, aged 17, arrived in New York, NY in 1852

Maginn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Maginn, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Mary Maginn, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874

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  • William Maginn (1794-1842), Irish writer


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The Maginn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Maginn 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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