The Irish name O'Quinney was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Coinne, which means descendant of Coinneach. The personal name
Coinneach was often Anglicized to Canice or Kenny.
Early Origins of the O'Quinney family
The surname O'Quinney was first found in County Tyrone
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster
, central Northern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. They were directly descended from King Colla da Crioch, the Irish King of Ulster, who was banished to Scotland
with 350 Clann chiefs in the year 327.
Early History of the O'Quinney family
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O'Quinney Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname O'Quinney that are preserved in archival documents are Quinney, Guinney, Guiney, Gunny, Gunie, Gunney, O'Quinney, O'Guinney and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Quinney family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Quinney 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'Quinney name: Claudine Guenee landed in Louisiana in 1719; Richard Gunny landed in Virginia in 1637; Griffith, and Thomas Gunie settled in Virginia in 1623; Sarah Gunney settled in Virginia in 1653.