The Irish surname Quinn is of patronymic origin. It is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ó Coinn meaning “descendant of Conn.” The personal name Conn is derived from an Old Celtic word meaning “chief”. Quinn is the name of several families in Ulster and counties Clare, Longford, and Mayo. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Mac Cuinn, which was dated 1027, Ancient Charters of the Isle of Man, during the reign of King Canute, 1013 - 1035. Today there are approximately 75,000 bearers of the last name Quinn living in The United States.
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