Linsky History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland 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 surname. Local surnames, such as Linsky, 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 Linsky family originally lived in some location which is no longer known. The original form of the Norman surname Linsky was de Lench. However, there is also a native Irish family named Linsky. This surname, which was originally O Loingsigh, is derived from the Gaelic word loingseach, which means mariner.

Early Origins of the Linsky family

The surname Linsky 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 of Ireland in 1172.

Early History of the Linsky family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linsky research. Another 73 words (5 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 Linsky History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Linsky Spelling Variations

Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name Linsky. Some of these variations included: Lynch, Linch, O'Lynch and others.

Early Notables of the Linsky 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...
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Migration of the Linsky family

The Irish emigration during the late 18th and 19th century contributed to the melting pot of nationalities in North America, and the building of a whole new era of industry and commerce in what was seen as a rich, new land. Ireland's Great Potato Famine resulted in the worst economic and social conditions in the island's history. And in response to the hunger, disease, and poverty, during this decade the total number of emigrants to leave for North America rivaled all the previous years combined. Those from this decade that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Research into early immigration and passenger lists has shown many people bearing the name Linsky: Francis Lynch, who settled in Georgia in 1733; Jeremiah Lynch settled in Virginia in 1638; Patrick Lynch settled at Prescott Ontario in 1825 with his wife and seven children.

Contemporary Notables of the name Linsky (post 1700) +

  • Stephen Linsky, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008 [1]
  • David P. Linsky, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 2008 [1]

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