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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, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas McGinn, aged 27, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • James McGinn, aged 32, who landed in Maryland in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Rose McGinn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Arthur McGinn, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (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, who 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, who 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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Other References

  1. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  10. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. 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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