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Quinn is an Anglicised form of the Irish Ó Coinn or McQuinn/MacQuinn. The latter surname means "descendant of Conn".[1] The surname Quinn is also rendered Ó Cuinn in Irish.[2] The surname is borne by numerous unrelated Irish families in Ulster and the Irish counties of Clare, Longford, and Mayo.[3] The most notable family of the name are that of Thomond, a Dalcassian sept,[4] who derive their surname from Niall Ó Cuinn who was slain at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.[5] This family was formerly represented by the Earls of Dunraven.[6] Another family is that seated in Annaly, who were related to the O'Farrell lords of Longford. Other families include one seated in Antrim; one seated in Raphoe; and one called Clann Cuain, seated near Castlebar.[7] In the seventeenth century, the surname Quinn was common in Waterford. In 1890, the surname was numerous in Dublin, Tyrone, Antrim, and Roscommon. Quinn is one of the twenty most common surnames in Ireland.[8] It is sometimes said that the surname Quinn is borne by Catholics whilst Quin is borne by Protestants.[9]


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Fictional characters[edit]




  • Tarquin Blackwood ("Quinn" Blackwood), a character in The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice

See also[edit]



  • de Bhulbh, S (1997). Sloinnte na h-Éireann: Irish Surnames. Limerick: Comhar-Chumann Íde Naofa Teo. ISBN 0-9530560-0-7. OL 316008M.
  • Grehan, I (1997). The Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Robert Rineheart Publishers. ISBN 1-57098-137-X. OL 8699749M.
  • MacLysaght, E (1972). Irish Families: Their Names, Arms and Origins (3rd ed.). New York: Crown Publishers. OL 23251759M.
  • O'Laughlin, M (1992). The Book of Irish Families Great & Small. Kansas City: Irish Genealogical Foundation. ISBN 0-940134-08-X. OL 1326957M.
  • "Quinn Family History". Ancestry.com. n.d. Retrieved 7 February 2015.

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