Phynn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish surname Phynn originally appeared in Gaelic as O Finn, from the word "fionn," which means "fair."

Early Origins of the Phynn family

The surname Phynn was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where they held a family seat from ancient times. One of the first records of the name was Aed Ó Finn, an Irish musician who died 1269. His obituary listed him as a master of music and minstrelsy.

Important Dates for the Phynn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phynn research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1020 and 1369 are included under the topic Early Phynn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Phynn Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Phynn 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 Finn, O'Finn, Maginn, Fynn, O'Fynn and others.

Early Notables of the Phynn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Phynn family

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 Phynn name: Teage Finn, who arrived at Bristol, RI in 1679; John and Philip Finn, who both came to Virginia in 1698; Hannah Finn, who is on record in Boston in 1744.

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