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Early Origins of the Linville family

The surname Linville was first found in Buckinghamshire. They claim descent as a tenant of the lands of Lynford, held by Stanard, a Norman noble, from Roger Bigod who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. 1

Today, Linford Manor is an old manor house that has been converted into a recording studio complex in Great Linford, Milton Keynes, England. Little Linford is a village in the county of Buckinghamshire, England. The name literally means 'ford where maple trees grow' derived from the Old English hlyn + ford 2 The Hampshire Linford was the Anglo-Saxon Lindford. 3

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1272 revealed the first record of the family, specifically Roger de Lynford, Buckinghamshire. 4

Early History of the Linville family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Linville research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1273, 1650, 1666, 1670, 1671, 1674, 1675, 1676, 1685, 1689, 1700, 1709 and 1724 are included under the topic Early Linville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Linville Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lynford, Linford, Linforth, Lynforth, Linfoot, Lynfoot, Lindford, Lyndford, Lindforth, Lyndforth, Lineford, Lyneford, Lineforth, Linefoot, Lenforth and many more.

Early Notables of the Linville family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Lynford or Linford (1650-1724), English divine, son of Samuel Lynford of Cambridge, where he was born in 1650. He "was educated at Newark and Bury St. Edmunds, and admitted as a sizar at Christ's College, Cambridge, 16 July 1666. He is described in the admission book as ‘optimæ spei juvenis.’ He graduated B.A. in 1670-1671, and proceeded M.A. in 1674, and S.T.P. in 1689, being also incorporated M.A. of Oxford on 11 July 1676. He was elected fellow of Christ's in 1675, and was also tutor from 1676 to 1685. He gave...
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Linville Ranking

In the United States, the name Linville is the 4,332nd most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. 5

United States Linville migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Linville Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Linville, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 6
Linville Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Linville, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1919 from Cardiff, Wales 7
  • Roy R. Linville, aged 19, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1919 aboard the ship "Achilles" from Cristobal, Canal Zone 7
  • John Ross Linville, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Rivera" from Monte Video, Uruguay 7

Contemporary Notables of the name Linville (post 1700) +

  • Joanne Linville (1928-2021), American film and television actress, best known as a Romulan Commander on Star Trek: The Original Series.
  • Albert Linville (1918-1985), American actor, known for Damn Yankees! (1958), Perry Mason (1957) and Gunsmoke (1955)
  • Matthew Linville (b. 1983), American actor, known for 7th Heaven (1996), Darkness Before Dawn (1993) and Call Me Anna (1990)
  • Kelli Linville (b. 1948), American former politician, Member of the Washington House of Representatives in 1992
  • Lawrence Lavon "Larry" Linville (1939-2000), American actor, best known for his portrayal of the inept surgeon Major Frank Burns in the television series M*A*S*H
  • Van Linville, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Boone County, 1891 8
  • Guy P. Linville, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa, 1921-27 8
  • James Linville Bumgarner Jr. (1867-1941), American Republican politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 28th District, 1915-16, 1921-22 9

Suggested Readings for the name Linville +

  • The Linville Family in America by Alice Eichholz.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. 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)
  7. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from
  9. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from on Facebook