Quinlan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames are all based on the Gaelic language native to Ireland. The original Gaelic form of the name Quinlan is O Caoinleain or O Caoindealbhain.

Early Origins of the Quinlan family

The surname Quinlan was first found in County Meath (Irish: An Mhí) anciently part of the kingdom of Brega, located in Eastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Quinlan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quinlan research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Quinlan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quinlan Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Quinlan 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 Quinlan, O'Quinlan, O'Quinlevan, O'Quinlivan and many more.

Early Notables of the Quinlan family (pre 1700)

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United States Quinlan 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 Quinlan family came to North America quite early:

Quinlan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Quinlan, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [1]
Quinlan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary Quinlan, aged 46, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803 [1]
  • James Quinlan, who landed in New York in 1834 [1]
  • James, John, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William Quinlan all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1840
  • Timothy Quinlan, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840 [1]

Canada Quinlan migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quinlan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Quinlan who arrived in Quebec in 1825 with Margaret his wife and five children
  • Ellen Quinlan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832
  • John Quinlan, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Timothy Quinlan, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Daniel Quinlan, aged 28, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Quinlan migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Quinlan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Eliza Quinlan, aged 17, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin" [2]
  • Eliza Quinlan, aged 17, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849 [2]
  • Patrick Quinlan, aged 25, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" [3]
  • John Quinlan, aged 34, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar" [4]
  • Catherine Quinlan, aged 18, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles" [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Quinlan migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Quinlan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Quinlan, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Quinlan, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Ann Quinlan, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Amelia Quinlan, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Andrew Quinlan, aged 38, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Quinlan (post 1700) +

  • John Joseph Quinlan (b. 1974), former American bodybuilder and professional wrestler
  • Jack Quinlan (1927-1965), American sportscaster for the Chicago Cubs
  • Maeve Anne Quinlan (b. 1964), American actress and former professional tennis player
  • John Quinlan (1826-1883), American (Irish born) Roman Catholic bishop, who was the second Bishop of Mobile, Alabama
  • Kathleen Denise Quinlan (b. 1954), American Oscar nominated actress, mostly seen on television and in motion pictures
  • Robb William Quinlan (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball player
  • Alan Quinlan (b. 1974), Irish rugby union player
  • Mrs. Sarah Therese Quinlan M.B.E., British Chief Executive for Children’s Heartbeat Trust, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Children and Young People with Congenital Heart Disease [6]
  • Philip Edward "Phil" Quinlan (b. 1971), Spanish former professional footballer from Madrid
  • Sir Michael Quinlan (1930-2009), English civil servant and British defense strategist, former Permanent Under-Secretary of State
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Quinlan +

  • 3137 The De May, Quinlin, and Jorgensen Families by Ida De May Wilson.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  3. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 29th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Trafalgar 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/trafalgar1854.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Lord of the Isles 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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