Quinley 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 Quinley is O Caoinleain or O Caoindealbhain.

Early Origins of the Quinley family

The surname Quinley 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 Quinley family

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

Quinley Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Quinley family name. Variations found include Quinlan, O'Quinlan, O'Quinlevan, O'Quinlivan and many more.

Early Notables of the Quinley family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Quinley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Quinley family

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Quinley family in North America: John Quinlan who arrived in Quebec in 1825 with Margaret his wife and five children; Mary Quinland and her husband settled in Charleston in 1803; James, John, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Thomas and William Quinlan all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1840.

Contemporary Notables of the name Quinley (post 1700) +

  • Trevell Quinley (b. 1983), American long jumper at the 2008 Summer Olympics, US National Champion (2009-2010)

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