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Where did the English Lincoln family come from? What is the English Lincoln family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lincoln family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lincoln family history?

The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Lincoln family name to the British Isles. They lived in the city of Lincoln in Lincolnshire. The place-name is derived from the British name Lindo, which means lake, and the Latin word, colonia, which means settlement or colony. During the Roman occupation of England, the town was an important administrative center. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was a center for cloth manufacturing and is famous for the "Lincoln Green."


A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Lincoln, Lincolne, Lincorne and others.

First found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lincoln research. Another 181 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1622, 1690 and 1637 are included under the topic Early Lincoln History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 79 words(6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lincoln Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Lincoln or a variant listed above:

Lincoln Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Lincoln, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1633
  • Elizabeth Lincoln, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth Lincoln, aged 23, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Samuel Lincoln, who arrived in New England in 1637
  • Stephen Lincoln, who landed in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638

Lincoln Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • John Lincoln, who landed in America in 1765
  • Mary Lincoln, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
  • Mary Lincoln, who came to Philadelphia in 1773

Lincoln Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Horatio Lincoln, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813
  • H E Lincoln, who landed in San Franciscn, California in 1850
  • J O Lincoln, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • C Lincoln, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Eliza Lincoln, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), American President during the Civil War, who wrote the Gettysburg Address
  • Benjamin Lincoln (1733-1810), American Revolutionary soldier and general
  • Levi Lincoln (1749-1820), American politician, U.S. Attorney General (1801-1804), and governor of Massachusetts (1808-1809)
  • Blanche L Lincoln (b. 1960), American politician, US Senator for Arkansas (1998-)
  • Brigadier-General George Arthur Lincoln (1907-1975), American Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense (1949-1952)
  • Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882), wife of president Lincoln


  • The Ancestry of Abraham Lincoln by J. Henry Lea.
  • The Carrier-Carryer (also Lincoln) and Allied Lines by Georgie Carrier Early Armentrout.
  • The Pioneer and the Prairie Lawyer: Boone and Lincoln Family by Willard Mounts.
  • Thomas Lincoln of Taunton, and Joseph Kellogg of Hadley, and 144 Related Colonial Families by Ruth Lincoln Kaye.

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The Lincoln Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lincoln 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.

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