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Where did the English Lynn family come from? What is the English Lynn family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lynn family history?

The name Lynn is derived from either of the locals in Norfolk and Devon that are so named. Both locals date back to the Domesday Book.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lynn, Linn and others.

First found in Norfolk, where one of the first records of the name was Aedricus de Lenna who was listed in the Pipe Rolls of that county in 1177. The name was derived from King's Lynn in Norfolk and dates back to the Domesday Book. The Book has the following entries of interest: West Lynn comprised 58 acres of meadow, 3 acres of land and was held by Ralph Baynard; the Abbot of Ely formerly held another Lynn which only had 13 acres. All told there were listings of North, South and West Lynn in the reference. To complicate matters more, the same reference lists William Chevre holding lands of East and West Lyn in Devonshire. [1]. Early records in Devon list Cecillia de Lynn during the reign of Edward I, and Reginald de Lynne listed there in the Hundred Rolls of 1273. [2]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lynn research. Another 37 words(3 lines of text) covering the years 1396, 1348, 1423 and 1420 are included under the topic Early Lynn History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lynn Settlers in the 17th Century

  • George Lynn, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Lynn Settlers in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Lynn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • William Lynn, who landed in America in 1793

Lynn Settlers in the 19th Century

  • Wm Lynn, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Daniel Lynn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Eneas Lynn, aged 64, landed in New York in 1812
  • David Lynn, aged 19, arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • A W Lynn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851


  • William "Billy" Lynn (b. 1947), English former professional footballer
  • David Anthony Lynn (b. 1973), English PGA golfer
  • Stan Lynn (1928-2002), English footballer
  • Ralph Clifford Lynn (1882-1962), English comedic actor, best remembered for playing comedy parts in the Aldwych farces
  • Dame Vera Lynn DBE (b. 1917), born Vera Margaret Welch, English singer whose career flourished during World War II, known as "The Forces' Sweetheart," best known for her songs "We'll Meet Again", "The White Cliffs of Dover", and "There'll Always Be an England"
  • Henry Lynn (1895-1984), American film director, screenwriter, and producer
  • Frederic Michael "Fred" Lynn (b. 1952), American Major League Baseball center fielder
  • Jennifer Caroline Lynn (b. 1988), British actress
  • Peter Lynn (b. 1946), New Zealand kitemaker, engineer and inventor
  • Allison Lynn (b. 1971), American novelist, winner of the William Faulkner Award



  • Lew Lynn Lineage by Billie Allen Jines.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  5. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  11. ...

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