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Flanagan Name History

Flanagan Irish Coat of Arms


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. Variant spellings of the Irish surname Flanagan include Flanagan, Flanigan, Flannigan, Flannaghan, O'Flanagan, O'Flannagain, Flaniken, Flenigen and more.

The name Flanagan derives from the Gaelic form, O Flannagain. 'Flann' means red or ruddy. The name Flanagan comes from the Irish county of Roscommon. The Flanagan motto is, "Certavi et vici," which means "I have fought and conquered." 

Find out more about Flanagans in Ireland

The Flanagan coat of arms features an oak tree on a white background. For detailed Flanagan name history information, visit our Framed Irish Family Name History (#1760).

The Irish Rose has a large selection gift items featuring Flanagan coat of arms. See the Irish coat of arms page on for family crest ideas and products.

Find a Flanagan Pub in Ireland

There's more than one place to raise a pint in Ireland if you're a Flanagan looking for a namesake pub. Try one of these fine establishments:

If you can't visit in person, our personalized Flanagan pub gifts are the next best thing!

Notable people named Flanagan

  • Bob Flanagan, American writer
  • Bud Flanagan, English entertainer
  • Caitlin Flanagan, writer
  • Caroline Flanagan, President of Law Society of Scotland
  • Charles Flanagan, politician
  • Crista Flanagan, comedian, actress
  • Edward J. Flanagan, founder of Boys Town
  • Fionnula Flanagan, actress
  • Hallie Flanagan, theatre director, producer
  • Harley Flanagan, musician
  • Helen Flanagan, actress
  • Ian Flanagan, tennis player
  • James Flanagan (engineer)
  • James Flanagan (RUC)
  • James W. Flanagan, politician
  • John Flanagan (athlete), hammer thrower
  • John Flanagan (author)
  • John Flanagan (politician)
  • John Flanagan (sculptor)
  • John J. Flanagan, politician
  • John C. Flanagan, colonel, psychologist, author of the Critical Incident Technique
  • Kitty Flanagan, Australian comedian
  • Maile Flanagan, American actress
  • Martin Flanagan (journalist), journalist
  • Michael Patrick Flanagan, politician
  • Micky Flanagan, comedian
  • Mike Flanagan (American football)
  • Mike Flanagan (baseball player)
  • Mike Flanagan (footballer)
  • Nick Flanagan, Australian golfer
  • Oliver J. Flanagan, Irish politician
  • Owen Flanagan, philosopher
  • Patrick Flanagan, inventor
  • Paddy Flanagan, cyclist
  • Pauline Flanagan, actress
  • Richard Flanagan, author, historian, film director
  • Roderick Flanagan, journalist, poet, historian
  • Ronnie Flanagan, former Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
  • Seán Flanagan, politician
  • Shalane Flanagan, middle distance runner
  • Shane Flanagan, Australian rugby league football coach
  • Steamer Flanagan, baseball player
  • Thomas Flanagan (Irish politician)
  • Thomas Flanagan (writer)
  • Tommy Flanagan (actor)
  • Tommy Flanagan, jazz pianist
  • Tom Flanagan (political scientist)

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