Quinn Clan History
The heritage of the Quinn Clan runs deep through the centuries of Ireland with our clan having a major influence throughout Irish history. This article from Irish Central (www.irishcentral.com) provides a good overview of the main events that exist within the history of the Quinn Clan:
“The family name Quinn or Quin is an anglicized form of “O Cuinn,” meaning “of Conn.” O’Cuinnde notes lineage from the legendary High King of Ireland, Conn of the Hundred Battles.
Conn is derived from the Irish word, ceann (head) signifying a person of intellectual ability. Traditionally, Catholic families of the O Cuinn family spell their anglicized name Quinn with two “n”s whereas Protestants spell the name Quin with one “n.”
There are five distinct septs of Quinns found throughout Ireland.
The most prominent sept of Quinns is the Dalcassian sept of Thomond in County Clare. The Dal gCais (Dalcassians) was a small kingdom ruled by the descendants of Brian Borumha (Boru). The Quinns of this sept descended from Ifearnan, the son of Corc who was 15th in the ancestral line from Cormac Cas the son of Oillio Olum. Niall O Cuinn was the first of this sept to use the surname.
He fought and died in the battle of Clontarf in 1014 on the side of Brian Boru.
The Earls of Dunraven were a family of Quins descending from the chiefs of the Clan Hy Ifearnan. This family prevailed from the 1600′s until 1984, at which time they sold the family’s Tudor manor at Adare near the River Maigue.
Edwin, the 3rd Earl of Dunraven, was a prominent archaeologist and scholar. His life’s work was to vindicate the Irish’s intellectual ability through demonstration of their architectural achievement. He died before his magnum opus was finished, but it was posthumously published in two volumes with over 120 magnificent illustrations.
During the 17th century, numerous Quinns served in the armies of James II and upon his defeat were forced into Europe. Many of these Quinns found new homes in France, particularly in the regions of Bordeaux and Pau. There is even a street named after the family in the Bordeaux area, Rue O’Quinn.”