Flanagan (surname)

Flanagan is a common Irish surname. There were at least 3 separate clans in Ireland with no connection. In Gaelic the name is Ó Flannagáin and many variations exist today. Typically these variations include Flanagan, Flanigan, Flannigan, Flannaghan, O'Flanagan, O'Flannagain, Flaniken, Flenigen and more. All variations can have the prefix of "O" and the name may refer to:


The Gaelic name was derived from the word "flann," which means red or ruddy. The chief septs (clans) were found in the counties of Roscommon, Fermanagh, Monaghan and Offaly. In Connacht, they were a part of the royal O Connors and were located near Elphin, in Co. Roscommon. They were hereditary stewards to the Kings of Connacht.

The clan's motto is commonly reported to be the Latin phrase Certavi et Vici, meaning "I have fought and conquered"; this motto is also shared by the Byrne clan.

There is another motto, Latin, that is attributed to Ó Flannagáin Clan, Sept of Kelly being Fortuna audaces iuvat (juvat) or Fortune Favours the Bold.


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