Quinn (or Quin) comes from the Irish Ó Cuinn from the Irish first name Conn. This is a name that is found in many parts of Ireland – due to the fact that Conn was a popular first name, many separate septs adopted a version of this name when the surname system came into being. However, it is specially found in the counties of Tyrone, Antrim, Clare and Longford.
One of the peculiarities of the name was the way the second n was often dropped – to become Quin – to show the family was of the protestant religion.
If you would like to add what you know about the Quinn surname, tell the story of your Quinn family OR ask a question – please do so below in the comments section.
Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.
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