Lynd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Lynd family

The surname Lynd was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire.

The name Lynne originally meaning "a waterfall," is first noted in the area of Dalry in the years 1200-1300. They were located here and had land and owned the Castle of Lin near the waterfall of the Calf.

"The family of Lin or Lynn of that Ilk in the parish of Dairy, Ayrshire, took their name from the cascade on the Water of Caaf, near which stood the ancient castle of Lin." [1]

Black also notes another possible origin of the family. "From the old manor of the same name in Peeblesshire. David de Lyne son of Robert de Lyne, granted to Neubode 'totam peteram de locqueruard que vocatur Wluesstrother,' c. 1165-1214, a grant increased by his son Robert within the same period." [1]

The barony of Lynn was created from lands granted by Hugh de Morville in 1204. Later, John de la Linde was Warden of the City of London in 1265. Walter de Lynne was listed on the Ragman Rolls of 1296.

Early History of the Lynd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lynd research. Another 110 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1296, 1452, 1579, 1636, 1626 and are included under the topic Early Lynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lynd Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Lind, Lynd, Lynde, Lynn, Line, Lines and others.

Early Notables of the Lynd family (pre 1700)

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lynd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Lynd family to Ireland

Some of the Lynd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 73 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Lynd migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lynd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Lynd, who arrived in New Jersey in 1675 [2]
Lynd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mathew Lynd, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1774
  • James Lynd, who landed in America in 1792 [2]

Australia Lynd migration to Australia +

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

Lynd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Lynd, aged 39, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "David McIvor"

Contemporary Notables of the name Lynd (post 1700) +

  • Staughton Craig Lynd (b. 1929), American conscientious objector, peace activist and civil rights activist, son of Helen Merrell Lynd and Robert Staughton Lynd
  • Robert Staughton Lynd (1892-1970), American sociologist and professor at Columbia University, New York City
  • Helen Merrell Lynd (1896-1982), American sociologist and social philosopher
  • Major-General William Elmer Lynd (1893-1968), American Air Officer, Staff of the Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific Fleet (1942-1943) [3]
  • Sylvia Lynd (1888-1952), née Dryhurst, English poet, essayist, short story writer and novelist
  • Robert Lynd (1879-1949), Irish essayist, editor of poetry and urbane literary essayist


The Lynd 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: Semper virescit virtus
Motto Translation: Virtue always flourishes.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 10) William Lynd. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Lynd/William_Elmer/USA.html


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