Sinnott History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Sinnott family

The surname Sinnott was first found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster. "Descended from an honourable stock, of Norman extraction. They were possessed of lands in Ireland from the time of the Invasion, and in the county where they first found footing." [1] They claim descent from the Marquis of Lusignan, whose descendants came into England, at or soon after the Norman Conquest.

Early History of the Sinnott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sinnott research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1344 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Sinnott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sinnott Spelling Variations

Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name Sinnott. Some of these variations included: Sinnot, Sinnott, Sinnet, Sinnett, Sinot, Sinott and many more.

Early Notables of the Sinnott family (pre 1700)

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United States Sinnott migration to the United States +

In the mid-19th century, Ireland experienced one of the worst periods in its entire history. During this decade in order to ease the pressure of the soil, which was actually depleted by the effects of the previous years' grain crops, landowners forced tenant farmers and peasants onto tiny plots of land that barely provided the basic sustenance a family required. Conditions were worsened, though, by the population of the country, which was growing fast to roughly eight million. So when the Great Potato Famine of the mid-1840s hit, starvation and diseases decimated the population. Thousands of Irish families left the country for British North America and the United States. The new immigrants were often accommodated either in the opening western frontiers or as cheap unskilled labor in the established centers. In early passenger and immigration lists there are many immigrants bearing the name Sinnott:

Sinnott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dennis Sinnott, who arrived in New York in 1789
Sinnott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Sinnott, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1808
  • John D Sinnott, aged 27, who arrived in Maryland in 1812 [2]
  • James Sinnott, who settled in Philadelphia in 1818
  • David Sinnott, who was naturalized in Ohio in 1822
  • Michael Sinnott, aged 38, who arrived in Harford County, Maryland in 1830 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Sinnott migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sinnott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Edward Sinnott, who was on record in Torbay, Newfoundland in 1774 [3]

New Zealand Sinnott 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:

Sinnott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Sinnott, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Sinnott, aged 32, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Sarah Sinnott, aged 10, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Edward Sinnott, aged 27, a miner, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875
  • Annie Sinnott, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hindostan" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Sinnott (post 1700) +

  • Lillian Sinnott (1890-1914), American actress of the stage who committed suicide after the death of her married lover, English actor Leslie Kenyon
  • William Sinnott (1886-1965), American police detective who was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 1940 in recognition of his service to President Franklin D. Roosevelt during an assassination attempt in 1933
  • Edmund Ware Sinnott (1888-1968), American botanist and prolific text book author
  • Mikall "Mack" Sinnott (1880-1960), Canadian-born, American movie director, creator of the "Keystone Kops," recipient of an Academy Award, and an Academy Honorary Award
  • Nicholas John Sinnott (1870-1929), American Republican politician from the state of Oregon [4]
  • Joe Sinnott (b. 1926), American comic book artist, best known for his work on Marvel Comics' Fantastic Four (1965-1981)
  • Michael Sinnott (1880-1960), American producer
  • Edward J. Sinnott, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 11th District, 1944 [5]
  • Brad Sinnott, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 2008 [5]
  • Barbara J. Sinnott, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Massachusetts, 1972 [5]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Frederick W Sinnott (b. 1920), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Liverpool, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [6]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. M Sinnott, British Petty Officer from England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [7]


The Sinnott Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Sin not
Motto Translation: If not


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2013, January 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  7. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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