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Quinn is a surname in the English language, that is derived from the Irish language with many parent relationships to variant spellings and with many child relationships to suspected origins. In many cases it means wise or knowledgeable.

With family movement and being disconnected from their kinsmen, migration often impacted the interpreted name as depicted through a phonetic spelling that would be based on the spoken, or Soundex variation associated with the dialect of the particular region where the name is found. In addition, the sociolect, or sociolinguistics are important factors for linguistics researchers that define this phenomenon as Onomastics.

Surname spellings in Ireland are used and defined for individuals with Irish surnames and can be validated within the Census in the United Kingdom. To gain a better understanding of how surnames are used and recorded in the United Kingdom it is important to consider all the varying factors associated with the patronymic conventions and etymology relating to the history of words. Review of a family name is another important factor when learning more about how a surname prefix, such as that of Fitz for surnames of Anglo-Norman origin and an O', Mc, or Mac for Irish names.

This sept is widely recognized in the native Irish annals from the earliest date when surnames began to be used. The general areas of Ireland this family held territory were in the provinces of Connacht, Ulster, Leinster, and Meath.

The last remaining Quinns in the Peerage of Ireland were descendants of Valentine Quin, 1st Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl. On 25 March 2011, Thady Wyndham-Quin, 7th Earl of Dunraven and Mount-Earl passed without a male heir and marked the end of the earlship.

Recognized Root Surnames[edit]

Cuinn, Mackquein, Mackquien, MacQuinn, McQuinn, Ní Chuinn, Ó Cuinn, O'Quin, O'Quinn, Quin, Quinn, Queen

Possible Dialect / Spelling Variations[edit]

Coen, Coigne, Coin, Coinne, Coyn, Coyne, Cuin, Cuinn, Genn, Gennell, Gennett, Gennette, Geuin, Gewin, Ginn, Ginnane, Ginnell, Ginnes, Ginness, Ginnett, Ginnette, Ginney, Ginnis, Ginny, Goen, Goenett, Goens, Goin, Goine, Going, Goins, Goyn, Goyne, Goynes, Guin, Guina, Guinan, Guinane, Guinaugh, Guinaw, Guindollet, Guindon, Guine, Guinea, Guinee, Guineer, Guinegaw, Guinen, Guinere, Guines, Guiness, Guinessey, Guinet, Guinett, Guinette, Guinevan, Guiney, Guinivan, Guinn, Guinnane, Guinne, Guinnee, Guinner, Guinness, Guinnessey, Guinnessy, Guinnip, Guinnup, Guinot, Guint, Guinte, Guintran, Guintrand, Guintrande, Guinup, Guyn, Guyne, Guynee, Guynes, Guyness, Guynetth, Guyney, Guynn, Guynne, Guynup, Gween, Gwen, Gwenn, Gwennap, Gwin, Gwine, Gwinee, Gwinn, Gwinne, Gwinnedd, Gwinnell, Gwinner, Gwinneth, Gwinnett, Gwinney, Gwinnup, Gwinup, Gwthne, Gwyn, Gwyndaf, Gwyne, Gwynedd, Gwyneth, Gwynetha, Gwynette, Gwynllyw, Gwynn, Gwynne, Gwynned, Gwynnedd, Gwynnel, Gwynnell, Gwynneth, Gwynnett, Gwynnette, Gwyntopher, Gynane, Gynn, Gynnane, Gynne, Gynnet, Gynnett, Gynning, LaGuines, LaGuinn, LaGuins, LeGuin, LeQuin, LeQuinn, Mac Ginn, Mac Ginnis, Mac Guin, Mac Guinn, Mac Guyn, Mac Guyne, Mac Guynn, Mac Guynne, Mac Gwine, Mac Gwinn, Mac Gwyn, Mac Gwyne, Mac Gwynn, Mac Gwynne, Mac Queen, Mac Quin, MacGinn, MacGinnis, MacGuin, MacGuinn, MacGuyn, MacGuyne, MacGuynn, MacGuynne, MacGwine, MacGwinn, MacGwyn, MacGwyne, MacGwynn, MacGwynne, MacQueen, MacQuin, MacQuinn, Magennis, Maginn, Maginnes, Maginness, Maginnis, Maginniss, Mc Cuin, Mc Cuine, Mc Cuinn, Mc Ginn, Mc Ginnes, Mc Ginness, Mc Ginnis, Mc Guin, Mc Guine, Mc Guines, Mc Guiness, Mc Guinn, Mc Guinness, Mc Gwin, Mc Gwinn, Mc Queen, McCuin, McCuine, McCuinn, McGinn, McGinnes, McGinness, McGinnis, McGinniss, McGuin, McGuine, McGuines, McGuiness, McGuinn, McGuinness, McGwen, McGwin, McGwinn, McQueen, McQuein, McQuin, McQuinn, Meginnis, Meginniss, O Guiney, O Guinidhe, O Guinye, Ocuin, O'Cuin, Ocuinn, O'Cuinn, Oguin, O'Guin, OGuinan, O'Guinan, O'Guiney, O'Guinidhe, Oguinn, O'Guinn, OGuinness, O'Guinness, O'Guinye, Ogwen, O'Gwen, Ogwin, O'Gwin, Ogwinn, O'Gwinn, Ogwyn, O'Gwyn, Ogwynn, O'Gwynn, Oqueen, O'Queen, O'Quein, Oquin, O'Quin, Oquinn, O'Quinn, Quanne, Queen, Quein, Quent, Quien, Quin, Quinan, Quinane, Quine, Quiner, Quinet, Quinett, Quinette, Quiney, Quini, Quinian, Quinlivan, Quinn, Quinnan, Quinnear, Quinnell, Quinnelly, Quinner, Quinnet, Quinneth, Quinnett, Quinnette, Quinney, Quinni, Quinnie, Quinnivan, Quinniven, Quinnlivan, Quinny, Quint, Quinte, Quiny, Quynne, Qween, Qwen, Seguin, Séguin, Sequin, Séquin, U'Cuinn, UiCuin, Ui'Cuin, UiCuinn, Ui'Cuinn, UiGin, Ui'Gin, UiGinn, Ui'Ginn, U'Quin, U'Quinn, Winn, Winnan, Winne, Winnell, Winnen, Winner, Winnett, Winnette, Winney, Winnie, Winns, Wynn, Wynne, Wynnell, Wynnet, Wynnett, Wynnette, Wynns


Art mac Cuinn is the progenitor of this famous surname. The name is derived from Irish Cuinn, specifically through Art mac Cuinn, the son of Conn. In Gaeilge the name represents priest, or chieftain with added emphasis on wisdom and loyalty. The surname rose simultaneously throughout Ireland as the descendants of Conn of the Hundred Battles known as Conn Cétchathach when Conn created the Connachta. Through Art mac Cuinn's 5th Great Grandson Niall Noígíallach, or Niall of the Nine Hostages the Uí Néill was formed and its dynastic reign began.


The Quinn Surname Project at Family Tree DNA currently is beginning to further define the many distinct septs of the Cuinn surname. [1]

Cuinn septs Ireland[edit]

Cuinn clans Scotland[edit]

Siol Cuinn of the Gall-Gael and Caledonia

Siol O'Cain of the Moray belonging to Kanteai

MS 1467 or Manuscript 1467, earlier known as MS 1450, is a mediaeval Gaelic manuscript which contains numerous pedigrees for many prominent Scottish individuals and clans. Transcriptions of the genealogies within the text were first published in the early 19th century and have ever since been used by authors and researchers investigating Scottish clan histories. The 19th century transcriptions and translations from the manuscript have long been considered inadequate; yet, there is no modern, scholarly edition of the manuscript. [2]

Noted within manuscript 1467 "MS 1467" defines Siol Cuinn as descending from Dicaledones 'Dicalydones", Cruthne, "Cruthin" or Northern "Picts". Siol Cuinn is further described as stakeholders within the Kaldonian "Caledonian" tribe. Siol Cuinn in Scotland is the Great Clan for Clan Rory, Clan Donald and Clan Dugal. Genetic data is beginning to reflect these distinct components of Quinn surname bearers that have been tested at the 67 marker level placing them in Haplogroup P-312 which is also reflected in the Quinn Surname Project hosted at Family Tree DNA. [3]

The Quinn surname Project at Family Tree DNA also reports a close genetic kinship with all the other clans of the GallGael.

Historical figures[edit]

The book Illustrations, Historical and Genealogical of King James's Irish Army List (1689) by John D’Alton, published 1855, lists important persons having bearing the Quinn surname and its many variations.

List of people surnamed Quinn[edit]

Given names[edit]


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


  1. ^ DNA Project Marker Comparisons [1].
  2. ^ A detailed presentation and translation of the text of the genealogies has been published online by Máire and Ronnie Black, with the cooperation of the National Library of Scotland.
  3. ^ Genetic data is beginning to supports these claims. [2]
  4. ^ http://www.thepeerage.com/p10515.htm