Donegal

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Sept / Branches

In County the bearers of the surname Quinn are of the Sept

Sept of Magh Itha

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A sept of the Cineal Eoghain in Magh Itha, now comprised in the Barony of North Raphoe in Donegal.

O'Duggan writing in the early part of the fourteenth century referred to :

īThe men of Noble Magh Itha;

who defend the confines;

delightful their habits in every church; ...

The brave O'Cuinn and O'Cionaths.

The confines mentioned in the poem may have meant the border with the Cineal Chonaill, O'Cionath may have become extinct or merged with O'Cuinn given the likeness of the two surnames.

In the 1850's there were 176 Quinn households in County Donegal; the largest concentration being in the parish of Donaghmore (35); followed by the parish of Inishkeel (23).

My great-grandfather William Quin a scutcher of flax lived in Gobnascale, and his father Daniel died in 1871 in nearby Callan.

1640 Civil Survey

O'Quinn was to be found in

1659 Census

Quinn/e was to be found in the baronies of

1830 Tithe Books

Quin/Quin was to be found in all baronies

1848/49 Griffiths Valuation

Quinn/Quinn was widely distributed in the county, the greatest concentrationwas in the Barony of Rathdown with 29 households.

1890 Birth Index

The principal surnames is listed, they are in order of the numerical strength in which they occur. The figure after the surname is the number of entries in the birth index for 1890. The estimated number of persons of each surname can be ascertained by multiplying the figure by the average birth rate, which for that year was 1 in 44.8 persons.

Gallagher 196, Doherty 160, Boyle 102, O'Donnell 102, McLaughlin 81, Sweeney 50, Ward 40, Kelly 37, McGinley 37, McFadden 33, McGowan 33, Duffy 33, Campbell 28.

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