Linnen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

There are many Irish surnames being used today in forms that are quite different than their original, ancient forms. Linnen originally appeared in Gaelic as O Leannain, which is possibly derived from the word leann, which denotes a cloak. Another possible derivation is from the word leanan, which means paramour.

Early Origins of the Linnen family

The surname Linnen was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Linnen family

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Linnen Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Linnen revealed spelling variations, including Lennon, Lannin, Lannon, Linnane, O'Lennon, Lennane, Leonard, MacAlinion, O'Lennan and many more.

Early Notables of the Linnen family (pre 1700)

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United States Linnen migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Linnen name:

Linnen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edmond Linnen, who arrived in Maryland in 1643 [1]
Linnen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Luke Linnen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Joseph Linnen, aged 47, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Robert Linnen, who arrived in New York in 1822 [1]
  • Miles Linnen, aged 30, who landed in New York, NY in 1853 [1]

Canada Linnen migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Linnen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Linnen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1832

Contemporary Notables of the name Linnen (post 1700) +

  • Michele A. Linnen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980 [2]
  • Joseph A. Linnen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1948 [2]

The Linnen 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: Prisco stirpe hibernico
Motto Translation: Of an ancient Irish stock

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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