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O'Flanagan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Irish name O'Flanagan was originally written in a Gaelic form as "O Flannagain," from the word "flann," which means "red" or "ruddy."

Early Origins of the O'Flanagan family


The surname O'Flanagan was first found in County Roscommon, where they claim descent from the O'Connors as shown by the similarities of the Coat of Arms. Today the surname is more frequently found in County Roscommon, Mayo, Galway and Clare, no doubt branches from their ancestral roots. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Early History of the O'Flanagan family


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O'Flanagan Spelling Variations


The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name O'Flanagan were encountered in the archives: Flanagan, Flanaghan, Flanagen, Flannagan, Flannagen, Flanigan, Flannigan, Flanigen, Flannigen, Flanagin, Flannagin and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Flanagan family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the O'Flanagan family to the New World and Oceana


A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the O'Flanagan name:

O'Flanagan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel O'Flanagan, aged 45, who settled in America, in 1894

O'Flanagan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Michael O'Flanagan, aged 32, who landed in America from Clomfower, Loughglynn, Ireland in 1908
  • Kelly John O'Flanagan, aged 22, who settled in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1910
  • Michael O'Flanagan, aged 34, who landed in America from Wexford, Ireland, in 1918
  • Michael O'Flanagan, aged 45, who emigrated to America from Roscommon, Ireland, in 1921
  • Joseph O'Flanagan, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922
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O'Flanagan Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Martin O'Flanagan, aged 69, who settled in St John's, Newfoundland in 1920

O'Flanagan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Pat. O'Flanagan, aged 38, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
  • Patrick O'Flanagan, aged 38, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
  • Mary O'Flanagan, aged 35, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
  • James O'Flanagan, aged 18, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
  • Thomas O'Flanagan, aged 16, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm
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Contemporary Notables of the name O'Flanagan (post 1700)


  • Sheila O'Flanagan, Irish fiction writer and journalist who currently writes for the Irish Times
  • Patrick O'Flanagan (b. 1947), Irish geographer and academic
  • Mick O'Flanagan (b. 1922), Irish former soccer and rugby union international
  • Michael O'Flanagan (1876-1942), Irish Republican and Roman Catholic priest
  • Kevin Patrick O'Flanagan (1919-2006), Irish former sportsman, physician and sports administrator

The O'Flanagan Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Certavi et vici
Motto Translation: I have fought and conquered.


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Citations


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Sultana.htm

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