The Anglo- Norman Conquest
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
surnames, such as Linskey, 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 Linskey family originally lived in some location which is no longer known. The original form of the Norman surname Linskey was de Lench. However, there is also a native Irish family named Linskey. This surname, which was originally O Loingsigh, is derived from the Gaelic word loingseach, which means mariner.
Early Origins of the Linskey family
The surname Linskey 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
Early History of the Linskey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linskey 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 Linskey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Linskey Spelling Variations
Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations
of even a single name. Early versions of the name Linskey included: Lynch, Linch, O'Lynch and others.
Early Notables of the Linskey family (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 Linskey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Linskey family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Linskey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Thomas Linskey, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
- Mr. John Linskey, aged 23 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Clarendon" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 CITATION[CLOSE]
Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 40)
Contemporary Notables of the name Linskey (post 1700)
- Gail Linskey Rosseau (b. 1956), American physician, Director of skull base surgery of NorthShore University HealthSystem