Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Flyns originally appeared in Gaelic as O Floinn, which is derived from the word "flann," which means "ruddy."
Early Origins of the Flyns family
The surname Flyns 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 Flyns 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 Flyns family
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Flyns Spelling Variations
People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations
of the surname Flyns that are preserved in archival documents are Flynn, O'Flynn, Flinn, Lynn, O'Lynn, O'Linn and many more.
Early Notables of the Flyns family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Flyns family to the New World and Oceana
became inhospitable for many native Irish families
in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Flyns to North America: 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..