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

McGinn Early Origins



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

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McGinn Spelling Variations


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McGinn Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McGinn dating from that time include Finn, O'Finn, Maginn, Fynn, O'Fynn and others.

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McGinn Early History


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McGinn Early History



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

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McGinn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGinn Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McGinn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McGinn family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McGinn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary McGinn, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Thomas McGinn, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • James McGinn, aged 32, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Rose McGinn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Arthur McGinn, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGinn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McGinn, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838

McGinn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Bernard McGinn, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adamant" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGinn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGinn (post 1700)



  • Wayne McGinn (b. 1959), former American football coach
  • Daniel Michael McGinn (b. 1943), retired American professional baseball player
  • Bernard McGinn (b. 1937), American theologian, historian, and scholar of spirituality
  • Mike McGinn, American Republican politician, Republican Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas, 1990, 1992
  • Michael McGinn, American politician, Mayor of Seattle, Washington, 2010-
  • John L. McGinn, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the 2nd District of Alaska Territory, 1901-02, 1903-04
  • Harriet E. McGinn, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Charlotte, North Carolina, 1847
  • F. L. McGinn, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1940; Democratic-Farmer-Labor Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Minnesota, 1946
  • Dennis McGinn, American politician, Candidate for Circuit Judge in Michigan 25th Circuit, 1959
  • Amzi McGinn, American politician, Postmaster at Charlotte, North Carolina, 1845-47
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    5. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    6. 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).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    9. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    10. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 27 July 2016 at 13:58.

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