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Ó Cuinn - anglicised as Quinn and Quin means descendant of Conn. The name means perhaps 'chief', 'sense', or 'freeman', according to different authorities.

The legendary 2nd century Conn Ceadchadach ( Conn of a hundred battles) founder of the Connachta, and thus the name of the province of Connacht, may be the eponymous ancestor of any of the following distinct Quinn septs: of Cineál Eoghain in Cos Antrim, a sept of Cineál Eoghain in Donegal, another sept of the same tribal grouping in Tír Eoghain in present Derry; others flourished in Longford, Sligo, Mayo, Clare and Tipperary.

In the 1659 'Census', undertaken by Sir William Petty, Commonwealth surveyor, the name appears as a 'Principal Irish Name' in counties:

Toome Barony, O Quin, 6 (families, all figures).

None found in Co Donegal

Loghinsholin Barony, O Quin, 6.

Longford Barony, Quin, 4.

None found in Sligo. Mayo is missing from the 'Census'.

Inchiquin Barony, O Quine, 10.

Iffa & Offa Barony, Quin & O Quinne, 19.

By the mid 19th century Griffith's 'Valuation' of Irish Households, most households of the form Quinn were in Cos Tyrone (575) Galway (278) Tipperary (256) Down (199) Dublin (103 + 60 city) Mayo (150) Roscommon (146) Limerick (136) Clare (131) Antrim (68 + 56 Belfast). Most of the form Quin were in Tyrone (88) Down (68) and Laois (53). Totals were: Quinn (3894) and Quin (548).

In the Registrar General's 'Special Report on Surnames...'(1894), based on birth registrations in 1890, Quinn had the 19th highest order of incidence, and was most frequent in Dublin, Tyrone, Antrim, Roscommon and Galway. It was the most numerous name in Tyrone. The totals were: Quinn (349) and Quin (58).

Quinns in Early Irish History

Augustin Ua Cuinn, chief Brehon judge of Leinster, died of the pestilence, along with many other notables in Ireland and across Europe, as recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters for the year 1095.

'Etain, queen of Munster, daughter of Ua Cuinn, who was on her pilgrimage at Daire, died after her victory over the world and over the demon', Annals of Ulster, 1188.

Thomas O Quin, a friar minor, was consecrated as Bishop of Clonmacnoise, in Rome in 1253, as recorded in the Annals of the Four Masters.

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Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Quinn name has a long history in Ireland, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the south-west region of the Emerald Island. The Quinn story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup O2] can trace their beginnings to what is now County Kerry from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Quinn surname origin is possibly a branch of what will become the Dáirine [R1b-L513] who are found in south Ireland around 300 CE.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Dáirine will join with the Dál Riata of north-east Ireland and invade Scotland around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Quinn story begins in pre-history Ireland but many of his descendants will then move to Kintyre, Scotland where they and other R1b-L513 members will form the Dalriada. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit


Looking for relatives of Matthew, Frank and Molly Quinn who emigrated to America early 1900s. Their father was a magistrate, I believe named Frank also - mother was Ellen Kelly. They were from close to Galway, I think. There was another brother who also immegrated and died young.

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Areas of Origin for QUINN

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Munster , Ireland

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