An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright © 2000 - 2014
Where did the Irish Flynn family come from? What is the Irish Flynn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Flynn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Flynn family history?Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Flynn originally appeared in Gaelic as O Floinn, which is derived from the word "flann," which means "ruddy."
Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Flynn family name include Flynn, O'Flynn, Flinn, Lynn, O'Lynn, O'Linn and many more.
First found in Tuitre (now Antrim,) where they were Lords of Tuitre.  However, the Flynn surname arose independently in several parts of Ireland. Perhaps the oldest line were a Sept of O Floin in Armagh, Ulster, where they were a senior branch of Clanna Rury of Ulidia, claiming descent from King Colla Uais, the famed 4th century Irish King, who in turn was descended from the Heremon royal line.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Flynn research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1255 are included under the topic Early Flynn History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Flynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Flynn:
Flynn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Flynn Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Flynn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Flynn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
This page was last modified on 12 April 2014 at 16:26.
houseofnames.com is an internet property owned by Swyrich Corporation.