According to "Surnames of the United Kingdom", by Henry Harrison, Baltimore, 1969,the Ginn name is of Celtic origin, and is derived from Ginner, meaning engineer, as in one who works a ballistic gin or engine.
J. R Dolan in his book "English Anscestral Names", New York,1972, writes that in Middle English times, there was a habit of dropping off first syllables from many names. For example, with the Old French engin, which meant "clever","skillful", or "ingenious", the English dropped the en, and just used gin; as time went on, it became GINN or GINNER, or GYNN.
Recently I came across a reprint of an old map that identified the Ginn family's principal location in Ireland in the 16th century. The original map, produced by John Gogne in 1567, and entitled "Hibernia, an Island Close to England Generally called Ireland", indicates that the Ginn family resided in County Down
Descendants of Richard Ginn
Richard Ginn born in Ireland 1785 wife unknown
son Andrew Ginn born 1837 Ireland married Susanna (maiden name presently unknown) born Dec 10,1836 d May 26, 1916
Children: Jack (John) b 1865, Thomas b 1867, Susanna b 1874, Ontario, d Feb 18, 1962 Clinton, Huron Co, Ontario, Charlotte Matila b Oct 4, 1876 d July 23, 1937.
Susanna Ginn married David Steep born Ontario 1868 d 1940
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