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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 England and Scotland.

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

First found in Perthshire where Sir Roger de Lyon settled in Scotland in 1098 and called the lands there Glen Lyon. "According to the family tradition the Lyons came to Scotland from France, by way of England, in the course of the twelfth century." [1] "John de Lyon obtained from David II a grant of the baronies of Forteviot and Fergundeny in Perthshire and Drumgawan in Aberdeenshire; his son, Sir John Lyon, was Secretary to Robert II, whose youngest daughter, Lady Jane Stewart, he married, and was created Lord Glamis, made Great Chamberlain, and Lord Chancellor of Scotland, and received grants of the Thanedom of Glamis in Forfarshire, and of the Barony of Kinghorn in Fifeshire. " [2] Another source claims that the family arrived via England later. "The name was not uncommon in England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and landowners of the name were in occupation in several of the English shires in the reigns of Edward I and Edward II. The first of the name recorded in Scotland, probably an English soldier, was Thomas Lyon, crossbowman, who formed one of the garrison of Linlithgow peel in the pay of Edward II. " [1] Mention should now be made of the numerous listings of the family in England at about the same time. Here it is generally thought that the first record of the name was Roger de Leonibus filius Jeffrey de Lions who was listed in the Feet of Fines of Norfolk during the reign of Henry III of England (reign 1216-1272.) The same source lists John de Leonibus in Southamptonshire and Peter de Leonibus in Northamptonshire. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Judaeus Leo and Jacob filius Leonis in Lincolnshire; John Leon in Oxfordshire; and Roger de Lyons, Wiltshire. [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linnell research. Another 183 words (13 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.

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

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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.

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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

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  • James Linnell, American writer, teacher, and director
  • John Sidney Linnell (b. 1959), American musician
  • William Shepherd Linnell (1885-1968), American Republican politician, Member of Maine Governor's Council, 1925-28; Member of Maine Republican State Committee, 1928 Republican National Convention from Maine, 1936; Member of Republican National Committee from Maine, 1937-40
  • Robert S. Linnell, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Nevada, 1969; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, 1977
  • Irving Nelson Linnell (1881-1954), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Vancouver, 1916-17; U.S. Consul in Plymouth, 1920; London, 1922; U.S. Consul General in Ottawa, 1927-31; Cape Town, 1932; Canton, 1938
  • Frank S. Linnell, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Canterbury, 1904
  • Bob Linnell, American politician, Mayor of Bountiful, Utah; Elected 1989
  • 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
  • John Linnell (b. 1729), 18th-century English cabinet-maker and designer
  • Stuart Linnell MBE, English broadcaster for the BBC

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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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  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. ^ Sims, Clifford Stanley The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames 1862. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
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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.

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