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Where did the Scottish Linnell family come from? What is the Scottish Linnell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Linnell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Linnell family history?

The distinguished surname Linnell is a proud example of one of the more noteworthy Scottish surnames. In Scotland, hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules and during the late Middle Ages, names that were derived from localities became increasingly widespread. Local names originally denoted the proprietorship of the village or estate.The Linnell family originally lived in the Norman settlement of Lyons-la-Foret, before migrating to Scotland.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Lyon, Lions, Lyons and others.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linnell research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1105, 1203, 1643, 1695, 1663, 1712, 1696, 1715, 1715, 1715, 1702, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Linnell History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 159 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Linnell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Linnell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Linnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jesse Wright Linnell, aged 52, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1845
  • Johan Linnell, aged 34, landed in New York in 1846
  • Olof Linnell, aged 12, landed in America in 1852
  • Joseph Linnell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Linnell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Timothy Linnell arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Mary Linnell arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Robert Linnell, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Elizabeth Linnell, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • George Linnell, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864


  • John Sidney Linnell (b. 1959), American musician
  • James Linnell, American writer, teacher, and director
  • John Linnell (1792-1882), English landscape and portrait painter and engraver
  • David Linnell OBE, English former principal of John Leggott College
  • Stuart Linnell MBE, English broadcaster for the BBC
  • John Linnell (b. 1729), 18th-century English cabinet-maker and designer
  • Air Marshal Sir Francis John Linnell KBE CB (1892-1944), British military officer, Controller of Research and Development of the Ministry of Aircraft Production, posthumous recipient of the Legion of Merit by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt


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: Pro rege et patria
Motto Translation: For King and country.


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The Linnell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Linnell 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 19 July 2014 at 04:01.

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