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Where did the Irish O'Flanill family come from? When did the O'Flanill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'Flanill family history?

The surname O'Flanill comes from the Irish name O Flannghaile. Although located close to a sept of O'Flannery (O Flannabhra) in County Mayo, the two septs are quite distinct.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Flannelly, O'Flannelly, O'Flanhill, O'Flanill and many more.

First found in Counties Mayo and Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland. One named O Flannghaile (d.1395) was the vicar of Skreen, in the barony of Tireragh, County Sligo, which borders on County Mayo. The name appears as O'Flanhill and O'Flanill in the 16th century Tudor Fiants, in Rosserk, County Mayo, and Kilglass, County Sligo.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Flanill research. Another 166 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1636, 1655, and 1793 are included under the topic Early O'Flanill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Manus Flanelly, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1834; Timothy Flannelly, who settled in New York in 1835; James Flannelly, who was naturalized in New York in 1838.

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