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Where did the Irish O'Flynn family come from? What is the Irish O'Flynn family crest and coat of arms? When did the O'Flynn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'Flynn family history?

Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name O'Flynn originally appeared in Gaelic as O Floinn, which is derived from the word "flann," which means "ruddy."


Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name O'Flynn revealed many variations, including Flynn, O'Flynn, Flinn, Lynn, O'Lynn, O'Linn and many more.

First found in Tuitre (now Antrim,) where they were Lords of Tuitre. [1] However, the O'Flynn surname arose independently in several parts of Ireland. Perhaps the oldest line were a Sept of O Floin in Armagh, Ulster, where they were a senior branch of Clanna Rury of Ulidia, claiming descent from King Colla Uais, the famed 4th century Irish King, who in turn was descended from the Heremon royal line.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Flynn research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1255 are included under the topic Early O'Flynn History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Flynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name O'Flynn or a variant listed above, including:

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

  • Daniel O'Flynn, aged 28, who settled in America from Kinsale, in 1905
  • Caroline O'Flynn, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Newry, Ireland, in 1909
  • Andrew O'Flynn, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Plymouth, England, in 1911
  • Anne O'Flynn, aged 26, who landed in America from Castle Island, Ireland, in 1912
  • Annie O'Flynn, aged 18, who settled in America from Headford, Ireland, in 1912


  • Liam O'Flynn (b. 1945), Irish folk musician
  • John O'Flynn (b. 1982), Irish footballer
  • Stephen O'Flynn (b. 1982), Irish footballer
  • Noel O'Flynn (b. 1951), Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • Paul O'Flynn (b. 1985), Irish sportsperson
  • Francis O'Flynn (1918-2003), New Zealand politician of the Labour Party
  • Catherine O'Flynn (b. 1970), British writer


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  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. 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.
  4. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  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. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  11. ...

The O'Flynn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Flynn 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.

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