Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Flynns originally appeared in Gaelic as O Floinn, which is derived from the word "flann," which means "ruddy."
Early Origins of the Flynns family
The surname Flynns was first found in Tuitre (now Antrim,) where they were Lords of Tuitre. CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
However, the Flynns 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
Early History of the Flynns family
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Flynns Spelling Variations
Those scribes in Ireland
during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Flynns family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Flynn, O'Flynn, Flinn, Lynn, O'Lynn, O'Linn and many more.
Early Notables of the Flynns family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Flynns family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Irish families
left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Flynns: Barnard Flinn who settled in America in 1762; Andrew Flinn settled in New York State in 1803; the Flinns also settled in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maryland, and in Canada in 1847. The Flynns also settled in the above states from 1772 to 1876..