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'.
Early Origins of the Odinneen family
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'.
Early History of the Odinneen family
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Odinneen 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.
Early Notables of the Odinneen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Odinneen family to the New World and Oceana
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..