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The Irish name Quain was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Cuinn, which means descendant of Conn.

Quain Early Origins



The surname Quain 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.

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Quain Spelling Variations


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Quain Spelling Variations



Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Quain revealed many variations, including O'Quinn, Quin, Quinn, Quine, MacQuin, MacQuinn, McQuin, McQuinn, MacCuin, Cuinn, Cuin and many more.

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Quain Early History


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Quain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quain research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1252, 1279, 1281, 1522, 1551, 1645, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Quain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Quain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Quain Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Quain 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



Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Quain:

Quain Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Quain, aged 19, who arrived in America from Skreen, Ireland, in 1908
  • Charles Quain, aged 30, who arrived in America from Croom, Ireland, in 1909
  • William Quain, aged 31, who arrived in America, in 1909
  • Hannah Quain, aged 17, who arrived in America from Galbally, Ireland, in 1912
  • Joseph Quain, aged 22, who arrived in America from Croom, Ireland, in 1914
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Quain Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • John Robert Quain, aged 44, who arrived in Ottawa, Canada, in 1910

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Contemporary Notables of the name Quain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Quain (post 1700)



  • Buell Halvor Quain (1912-1939), American ethnologist
  • Fannie Dunn Quain, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Dakota, 1936
  • Sir John Richard Quain (1816-1876), Irish judge, youngest son of Richard Quain
  • Jones Quain (1796-1865), Irish anatomist, Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in the University of London
  • Sir Richard Quain (1816-1898), 1st Baronet, Irish physician, fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1851; he was asked by Queen Victoria to attend prime minister Benjamin Disraeli during his last few days
  • Richard Quain (1800-1887), Irish-born, English anatomist and surgeon, brother of Jones Quain
  • Kevin Quain, Canadian rock musician and producer who played piano and accordion

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    10. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    11. ...

    The Quain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quain Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2015 at 09:54.

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