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Five distinct groups adopted the Ó Lorcáin surname in the 10th century Ireland: these were the families of Wexford (in Leinster), Oriel (in Ulster); Hy-Many (in Connacht); Lorrha, Tipperary (in Munster) and the province of Meath. Check it out:
  The English Larkin Families: Larkin, Larkins, Larking, Larkinson, Lorkin & Lorking are some of the many modern surnames that arose as a diminutive of the old French personal name of LAURENCE in post-conquest Norman England. Check it out:
    The Russian Larkin Families:

Paul Goldschmidt's Dictionary of Period Russian Names - Section L

  • Larka (m) -- Larka Oksenov syn Kopyl, hunter. 1622. [Tup 195]

  •  Patronymics: Larkin (Rusak Larkin). 1495. [Tup 342]

Tup = Tupikov, N. M. Slovar' drevne-russkikh lichnykh sobstvennykh imen. Saint Petersburg: Tipografiia I. N. Skorokhodova, 1903.Copyright (c) 1996 Paul Goldschmidt.

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United States In the aftermath of the Great Famine, the Larkin families arrived in America on the east coast, finding homes in New York and Boston. Later gaining in confidence, and becoming aware of the land of opportunity around them, they began to spread westwards. Chicago became an Irish enclave, and still the move westwards continued, until San Francisco had its own little Ireland in the mission district. Check it out:
Australia Transportation of convicts started in 1788, immediately after the loss of the American colonies obliged Britain to search elsewhere for suitable penal sites. A total of 160,151 convicts were transported over that period. We are aware of fourteen Larkin family members from County Galway, who were transported to Australia. The felonies for which they were transported are grim reminders of the time they lived in - most were sentenced to 7 years transportation half-way round the world; usually for killing cattle to feed their families. Check it out:
Canada Irish emigration into Canada long preceded the Great Famine, and was well established during the late 17th and early 18th century.  Two major differences are notable when comparing the emigration patterns into Canada as against that into the United States. The first of these is the seasonality associated with the immigration - much of it by fishermen  from the south-east of Ireland (particularly Wexford & Waterford) seeking temporary work in Newfoundland during the fishing season, and continuing the migration over many years. Of course many stayed, to the extent that locals in part of Newfoundland are said to have a distinct Irish accent reflecting the South-East of Ireland. The second major point of difference with the United States is to be found in the origin of the emigrants - the United States became home to a new population drawn overwhelmingly from dispossessed Catholic tenant farmers; whereas the immigrants to Canada were much more mixed between Protestant & Catholic settlers from all classes. Check it out:

Among the most prominent of these early Irish settlers were the family of Patrick Lynch, from Galway, who settled in Buenos Aires in the 1740s, and whose descendants included Benito and Pastor Lynch, officers during the struggle for independence; the writers Benito and Alberto Benegas Lynch; Cabinet Ministers Matias Frers and Alberto Rodriguez Varela; and the revolutionary Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, "Che" Guevara, who died in Bolivia in 1967.

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Germany The Larkin surname continues to crop up all over Germany - all appear to be or Irish origin. Check it out:
France There have been Larkin families in France since the émigrés of the Wild Geese sough service with King Louis in the Irish Battalions of the French Army. Check it out:

There are several Larkin families in the Ukraine, who arrived there from Russia. They seem to be distant cousins of the original Larkin families of the Samara Oblast .


Poland There are a number of Larkin families in Poland, producing several musicians and computer specialists. Their origin in unclear, but since there was an Irish Wild Geese battalion serving Poland, it is always possible their origin is also Irish.

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