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i joyce, im ian flannigan, i live in manchester but you will find that most of the flannigans came from berwick in scotland if you trace back far enough, or roughtly this area. ive got pictures of the a street party in berwick during the 1930s and the flannigans filled a whole terraced street-no kiding we are a very big family. but supprisingly we never came from ireland thats not to say that no flannigan, flannagan, flanagan ect ever did, there is irish blood in our veins through marriage, the name blyth is connectected through marriage, that was my grandmothers name (charlotte Blyth) she decends from a gypsy family. any way back to the origianlo question our name in our extensive family tree, research many years ago now, come from where we came from, which is flanders but also mixed with our original swedish name which i cant remember, a combination of these two over the years evolved into our name. this is just family legend but our family is quite separate from the other strains so dont get confused, maybe have a look on the births and deths register for berwick scotland- hope this little tale is of use to you, all the best for the future- Ian Flannigan