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The ancient roots of the Odinneen family belong to the County Cork families, especially from the South-western area known anciently as Corca Laoidhe. In the 11th century in Ireland, the frequency of travel as well as the nation's population increase encouraged many to adopt hereditary surnames so that they would not be mistaken for others that shared their first name. The surname Odinneen appeared as "O Duinnín" in Irish Gaelic. It is a patronymic name, from the most ancient of Irish naming traditions, and means 'descendent of Duinnín'.

Odinneen Early Origins



The surname Odinneen was first found in County Cork, especially in the south-western part anciently known as Corca Laoidhe. Today the "O" prefix is extremely rare for this surname. Major changes in spellings of names occurred in Ireland after Cromwell's conquest in the early 17th century. The British colonizers Anglicized Irish names by removing Irish prefixes, translating, simplifying and standardizing the spellings. The substitution of O in the place of Mc was probably the most common of these errors. The name Odinneen lost it's O' at this time, and it has only rarely been revived. Also, in this era, the Gaelic name O' Duinnin of County Kerry was often anglicized to 'Downing'.

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Odinneen Spelling Variations


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Odinneen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Dinneend, Dineane, Dinneynd, Dinneyn, Dinneind, Dinneane, Dinneand, Dineent, Dineend, Dineand, Dinnean, Dineynd, Dineint, Dineyn, Dineind, Dinneant, Dinean, Dinneent, Dinneint and many more.

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Odinneen Early History


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Odinneen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Odinneen research. Another 507 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1860, 1934, 1984, 1623 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Odinneen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Odinneen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Odinneen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Odinneen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Francis Downing landed in Virginia in 1624; Emanuel Downing and James landed in Salem in 1630; Richard landed in 1653; Susan landed in 1655; and John landed in 1663..

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