This is an anglicized form of the Olde Gaelic O Floinn. The Gaelic prefix 'O' indicates 'male descendants of', plus the personal byname 'Floinn' from 'flann' meaning 'ruddy' and originally given as a nickname to one having a red(dish) complexion. Several branches of this clan held independent settlements in various parts of Ireland. One important sept belonged to Skibbereen and Baltimore in Corca - Lauidh (South West Cork) and another to Muskerry where they were Lords of the land extending from Ballyvourney to Blarney in Co. Cork. Another family settled on the borders of Connacht and Ulster (chiefly in counties Roscommon, Leitrim and Cavan)...
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