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Where did the Irish Quinlan family come from? What is the Irish Quinlan family crest and coat of arms? When did the Quinlan family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Quinlan family history?

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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quinlan research. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) covering the year 1172 is included under the topic Early Quinlan History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Quinlan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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

Quinlan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Quinlan, aged 46, landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803
  • James Quinlan, who landed in New York in 1834
  • James, John, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William Quinlan all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1840
  • Timothy Quinlan, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840

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, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
  • Timothy Quinlan, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork
  • Daniel Quinlan, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork


Quinlan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Eliza Quinlan, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Eliza Quinlan, aged 17, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Patrick Quinlan, aged 25, a shepherd, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella"
  • John Quinlan, aged 34, a carpenter, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
  • Catherine Quinlan, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"


Quinlan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • George Quinlan, aged 33, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Quinlan, aged 26, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Ann Quinlan, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Amelia Quinlan, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1842
  • Andrew Quinlan, aged 38, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852


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  • Robb William Quinlan (b. 1977), American Major League Baseball player
  • Kathleen Denise Quinlan (b. 1954), American Oscar nominated actress, mostly seen on television and in motion pictures
  • John Quinlan (1826-1883), American (Irish born) Roman Catholic bishop, who was the second Bishop of Mobile, Alabama
  • Maeve Anne Quinlan (b. 1964), American actress and former professional tennis player
  • Jack Quinlan (1927-1965), American sportscaster for the Chicago Cubs
  • Alan Quinlan (b. 1974), Irish rugby union player
  • Ted Quinlan, Canadian jazz guitarist
  • Sir Michael Quinlan (1930-2009), English civil servant and British defense strategist
  • Edward Andrew John "Ted" Quinlan AM (b. 1942), former Australian politician
  • Timothy Francis Quinlan CMG KSS (1861-1927), Australian politician, Speaker of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly (1905-1911)

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  • The De May, Quinlin, and Jorgensen Families by Ida De May Wilson.
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The Quinlan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Quinlan 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.

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