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The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this is the local surname. Local surnames, such as Linch, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. The earliest surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they often created names in reference to where they actually resided. Therefore, some settlers eventually took names from Irish places. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The Linch family originally lived in some location which is no longer known. The original form of the Norman surname Linch was de Lench. However, there is also a native Irish family named Linch. This surname, which was originally O Loingsigh, is derived from the Gaelic word loingseach, which means mariner.

Linch Early Origins



The surname Linch was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they were granted lands by Strongbow after the English Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172.

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Linch Spelling Variations


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Linch Spelling Variations



During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name Linch include Lynch, Linch, O'Lynch and others.

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Linch Early History


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Linch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linch research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1488, 1489, 1489, 1490, 1489, 1490, 1507, 1611, 1676, 1691, 1684, 1682, 1623, 1713, 1669 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Linch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Linch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Linch Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Geoffrey (Geffere) Lynch ( fl. 1488-1489), 4th Mayor of Galway; John Lynch fitz John, fifth Mayor of Galway (1489-1490); Robuck Lynch, sixth Mayor of Galway (1489-1490); Arthur Lynch (Mayor), 22nd Mayor of Galway, (died 1507), a member of one of The...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Linch Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



A great number of Irish families left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia and North Ameri ca. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name Linch:

Linch Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Linch, who landed in Maryland in 1641
  • Jere Linch, who landed in Virginia in 1649
  • Ichiell Linch, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Ishiell Linch, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Vincent Linch, who landed in Maryland in 1666
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Linch Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Garrett Linch, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • David Linch, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Thomas Linch, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
  • Nathaniel Linch, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Edward Linch, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1768

Linch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Valentin Linch, aged 25, arrived in New York, NY in 1851

Linch Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Linch, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Biddy Linch, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • James Linch, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Patrick Linch, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Felix Linch, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "William" in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Linch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Linch (post 1700)



  • Larry Linch, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1996, 2000 (alternate)
  • Alonzo E. Linch, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Moundsville, West Virginia, 1897-1911, 1922-26

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 8 January 2016 at 11:58.

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