Show ContentsLynam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Lynam emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Lynam family originally lived in the parish of Lingen in the county of Herefordshire. The surname Lynam belongs to the category of habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Lynam family

The surname Lynam was first found in Herefordshire where the village of Lingen still exists today. The village is listed in the Domesday Book as holding 2 manors, land for 7 ploughs, half a league of woodland and at that time was held by Ralph de Mortimer. [1] Limebrook Priory is located south of the village was founded before the time of Richard I by either Ralph de Lingen or Ralph de Mortimer and may be one of the two aforementioned manors. "The first recorded ancestor of this loyal family is Ralph de Wigmore, lord of Lingen, founder of the Priory of Lyngbroke. His son and grandson John took the name of Lingen." [2]

Further to the north in Scotland where the name claims its origin from "the lands of Lingoch, now Lingo, in the parish of Carnbee, Fife." [3] In this case, the first record of the name was Vlfus de Lingoch. who witnessed a charter by Eggou Ruffus to the Priory of May early in the thirteenth century.

Early History of the Lynam family

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Lynam Spelling Variations

Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Lingen, Lingane, Lingham, Lyngbroke and others.

Early Notables of the Lynam family (pre 1700)

Prominent in the family at this time was John Lingein, High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1466; Sir John Lingen of Lingen (d. 1506); Sir Henry Lingen (1612-1662), Lord of Sutton, Lingen and Stoke...
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Lynam Ranking

In the United States, the name Lynam is the 15,134th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Lynam migration to the United States +

The records on immigrants and ships' passengers show a number of people bearing the name Lynam:

Lynam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Lynam, who landed in New Jersey in 1677 [5]
Lynam Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Lynam, who arrived in Colorado in 1885 [5]
  • John Lynam, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1894
Lynam Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Edward Lynam, aged 45, who landed in America from Dublin, in 1905
  • Camille Lynam, aged 38, who settled in America from Limerick, in 1905
  • Lizzie Lynam, aged 20, who landed in America from Mountmellick, Ireland, in 1908
  • Jane Lynam, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1909
  • John Lynam, aged 21, who immigrated to the United States from Tullimore, Ireland, in 1910
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Australia Lynam migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Lynam Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Lynam, (Layman), (b. 1813), aged 18, Irish labourer who was convicted in County Offaly (Kings County), Ireland for 7 years for manslaughter, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 16th August 1831, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lynam (post 1700) +

  • Jim Lynam (b. 1941), American former college and professional basketball coach
  • James Lynam (1837-1909), Irish poet, author and composer
  • JOE LYNAM, Irish journalist working for the BBC
  • Jimmy Lynam, Irish sportsperson
  • Desmond Michael "Des" Lynam OBE (b. 1942), Irish-born, British television and radio presenter [7]

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. 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)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th November 2020). Retrieved from
  7. Desmond Lynam. (Retrieved 2011, August 1) Desmond Lynam. Retrieved from on Facebook