The name Clynch is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived close to a low hill.
The surname Clynch originally derived from the Old English word Clenc
which meant lump.
Early Origins of the Clynch family
The surname Clynch was first found in Wiltshire
, at a hamlet named Clench and/or Clench Common in the Vale of Pewsey to the east of Wootton Rivers, near Marlborough.
Early History of the Clynch family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Clynch research.Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1223, 1273, 1327, 1332, 1593, 1692 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Clynch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Clynch Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Clynch are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Clynch include: Clinch, Clench, Clinche, Clenche, Clynch and others.
Early Notables of the Clynch family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Clynch family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Clynch or a variant listed above:
Clynch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Nicholas Clynch, his wife Alice and his brother John, who settled in South Carolina sometime between 1670 and 1682