Lines History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lines family

The surname Lines was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire.

The name Lynne originally meaning "a waterfall," is first noted in the area of Dalry in the years 1200-1300. They were located here and had land and owned the Castle of Lin near the waterfall of the Calf.

"The family of Lin or Lynn of that Ilk in the parish of Dairy, Ayrshire, took their name from the cascade on the Water of Caaf, near which stood the ancient castle of Lin." [1]

Black also notes another possible origin of the family. "From the old manor of the same name in Peeblesshire. David de Lyne son of Robert de Lyne, granted to Neubode 'totam peteram de locqueruard que vocatur Wluesstrother,' c. 1165-1214, a grant increased by his son Robert within the same period." [1]

The barony of Lynn was created from lands granted by Hugh de Morville in 1204. Later, John de la Linde was Warden of the City of London in 1265. Walter de Lynne was listed on the Ragman Rolls of 1296.

Early History of the Lines family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lines research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1296, 1452, 1579, 1636, 1626 and are included under the topic Early Lines History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lines Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lind, Lynd, Lynde, Lynn, Line, Lines and others.

Early Notables of the Lines family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lines Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Lines family to Ireland

Some of the Lines family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Lines migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lines Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Ralph Lines, who landed in New Haven, Connecticut in 1639 [2]
  • Thomas Lines, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [2]
Lines Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Lines, who arrived in Virginia in 1716 [2]
Lines Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Lines, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1823
  • Frank Lines, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1867
  • Fernando Lines, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1867 [2]

Canada Lines migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lines Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • S Lines, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Lines migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lines Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

New Zealand Lines migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lines Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Lines, aged 36, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Lines, aged 37, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Banjamin Lines, aged 13, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Sarah Ann Lines, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Leah Lines, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Lines (post 1700) +

  • Richard D. Lines, American amateur astronomer, recipient of the Amateur Achievement Award (1992)
  • Edward E. Lines, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 10 aerial victories
  • Anthony Aaron Lines (b. 1977), Canadian country musician
  • Christopher Lines (b. 1985), English professional footballer
  • Aaran Franklyn Lines (b. 1976), retired New Zealand association football player
  • Wales Lines deBussy (1891-1942), American politician, Mayor of Meriden, Connecticut, 1926-29 [7]

RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Ethel Moore Lines, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13 [8]
  • Mr. Stanley Llandolf Burnett Lines, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [8]
  • Miss Alice Maud Lines, English 1st Class Passenger, nurse to the Pearls family residing in New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13 [8]
RMS Titanic
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Lindsey Lines, (née James), aged 50, French First Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 9 [9]
  • Miss Mary Conover Lines, aged 16, French First Class passenger from Paris, France who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 9 [9]


The Lines Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semper virescit virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue always flourishes.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839PrinceRegent.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque FATIMA 1850, 521 tons. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Fatima.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OMEGA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Omega.htm
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  9. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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