Oquinn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Irish name Oquinn was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Cuinn, which means descendant of Conn.
Early Origins of the Oquinn family
The surname Oquinn was first found in county Longford (Irish: An Longfort) traditionally known as Annaly or Teffia, and situated in the Irish Midlands, in Northwest Leinster where they were Lords of Muintir Gillagain. The O'Quinns and MacQuinns (and all of the spelling variables derived from these) were descended from Conn, who in turn was descended from the Princes of Annaly.
Important Dates for the Oquinn family
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Oquinn Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations of the surname Oquinn can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include O'Quinn, Quin, Quinn, Quine, MacQuin, MacQuinn, McQuin, McQuinn, MacCuin, Cuinn, Cuin and many more.
Early Notables of the Oquinn family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thomas O'Quinn, Bishop of Clonmacnois (1252-1279), as well as John Quinn, Bishop of Limerick (1522-1551), as well as Thady Quin (1645-1726) of Adare of the Thomond O'Quins, who was the grandfather of the first Earl of Dunraven.
Walter Quin (c. 1575-1634), was an Irish poet and preceptor of Charles I. Born in Dublin, he travelled abroad and became a cultivated writer in English, French, Italian, and...
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Oquinn migration to the United States
In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North America. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Oquinn family came to North America quite early:
Oquinn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mary O'Quinn, aged 18, who settled in America from Strokestown, in 1900
- Mary O'Quinn, aged 18, who landed in America from Roscowmon, in 1901
- Robert O'Quinn, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1922
- James O'Quinn, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Oquinn (post 1700)
- Kerry O'Quinn, American writer, magazine publisher, director and producer
- Ryan O'Quinn (b. 1972), American television, film and voice actor
- Ron O'Quinn (b. 1943), American radio disc jockey
- John Maurice O'Quinn (1941-2009), Texas trial lawyer
- John Williams "Red" O'Quinn (1925-2002), American gridiron football end
- Daniel O'Quinn Jr. (b. 1985), American professional stock car racer
- Terry O'Quinn (b. 1952), American actor