Origin of the Quinn Clan Name


Quinn or Quin is an anglicised form of the gaelic O Cuinn, meaning “son of Conn”. The O’Cuinnde notes ancestry from Conn of the Hundred Battles, a legendary High King of Ireland. The word Conn is derived from the gaelic work Ceann (meaning head) implying a person of intellectual ability.

Quinn Clan, Quinn Sept, Quin Clan

By tradition, Catholics of the O’Quinn families spelt their name Quinn with two”n”s whereas Protestants spelt their name Quin with one “n”. There are five individual septs of the Quinn found all over Ireland. The foremost sept of Quinns is the Dal gCais sept of Thomond in Clare.

The Quinns of this sept descended from ifeanan, the son of Corc, who was 15th in the ancestral line from Cormac Cas, son of Oillio Olum. Niall O Cuinn was the first to carry this name.  He fought and died in the famous Battle of Clontarf in 1014 alongside Brian Boru (Bryan Boru), High King of Ireland.

The Earls of Dunraven were a family of Quins descending from Ifearnan. The family reigned from 1600’s until 1984, when they sold the family’s Tudor manor at Adare, now known as the luxury 5* Adare Manor Hotel in County Limerick.