The roots of the O'Finnent surname in Ireland
are somewhat unclear; it seems that the name was both native Irish Gaelic, and Norman. The Gaelic name "ó Fionnáin" seems to be derived from Gaelic word "fionn, "which means "fair." This Gaelic name has been Anglicized as Finan and Fanning, both of which are also Norman names that came to Ireland
in the 12th century.
Early Origins of the O'Finnent family
The surname O'Finnent was first found in County Mayo
(Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland
in the province of Connacht
, where they were of the Hy Fiachrach Sept. One notable bearer of the personal name
who lived several centuries prior to the introduction of hereditary surnames
was St. Finan (Finan of Lindisfarne) who died in 661 AD, and achieved repute for his missionary work in England
. He was Bishop of Lindisfarne (651-661) and he converted the kings Sigebert of Essex
and Peada of the Middle Angles to Christianity.
Early History of the O'Finnent family
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Early Notables of the O'Finnent family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Finnent family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: George Finnan, on record in Ontario, Canada in 1804; James Finan, who came to Ontario in 1818; Patrick Finan, who was naturalized in New York city in 1833.