Sinnott Family History
The ancient origin of the name Sinnott
was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Sinnott
include Synnott, Sinot and Synot. These names are derived from the Gaelic Sinoid sept name which has been prominent in County Wexford since the thirteenth century.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
These families arrived into Ireland with the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170 and held vast estates of land and notable public positions. An early record of the name occurs in the year 1247 when a Richard Synod was recorded as being in possession of Ballybrennan, in the Barony of Forth. By the seventeenth century they were a principal Irish name in the Barony of Forth and in the town of Wexford.The Sinnott
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Sinnott