Show ContentsLyndon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Irish surnames have had their original forms altered in many ways. Before being translated into English, Lyndon appeared as Mac Giolla Fhiondain, which refers to a descendant of a devotee of St. Fintan.

Early Origins of the Lyndon family

The surname Lyndon was first found in counties Armagh and Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they were anciently known as the Mac Giolla Fhiondain, devotees of St. Fintan an ancient sept of Oriel,(roughly equivalent to Ulster,) and the clann being one of the founding septs of Northern Ireland.

Early History of the Lyndon family

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Lyndon Spelling Variations

Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Lyndon family name include McAlinden, McAlindan, McAlindon, Glindon, Lindon, Glendon, McLindon, MacLindon, MacAlindon, MacClendon, McClendon, McLinden, McGlindon, MacGlindon, McGlendon and many more.

Early Notables of the Lyndon family (pre 1700)

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United States Lyndon migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Lyndon:

Lyndon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Augustin Lyndon, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1699 [1]
Lyndon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Lyndon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • Mary Lyndon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816 [1]
  • Anthony Lyndon, who arrived in Syracuse, NY sometime between 1854 and 1856

Canada Lyndon migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lyndon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Suson Lyndon, who arrived in Ontario in 1871
  • Charles Lyndon, who arrived in Toronto in 1873
Lyndon Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Deborah Lyndon, who arrived in Toronto in 1903

Australia Lyndon migration to Australia +

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

Lyndon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Lyndon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Caroline" in 1839 [2]
  • Mr. Henry Lyndon, (b. 1817), aged 22, English farmer who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 10 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1901 [3]
  • Mr. John Lyndon, British Convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [4]
  • Mr. George Lyndon, English convict who was convicted in Birmingham, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lyndon (post 1700) +

  • Troy A. Lyndon (b. 1964), American Chairman & CEO of Left Behind Games Inc
  • Roger Conant Lyndon (1917-1988), American mathematician, professor at the University of Michigan, creator of Lyndon words, co-creator of the Curtis–Hedlund–Lyndon theorem, Craig–Lyndon interpolation and the Lyndon–Hochschild–Serre spectral sequence
  • Ms. Carol Ann Lyndon M.B.E., British Childline Counsellor for NSPCC, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Vulnerable Children [6]
  • Neil Alexander Lyndon (b. 1946), British journalist, currently the motoring correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph
  • Bill Lyndon (b. 1964), Australian former strongman competitor, five-time winner of Australia's Strongest Man
  • Simon Lyndon (b. 1971), London-born, Australian actor
  • Barré Lyndon (1896-1972), pseudonym of Alfred Edgar, a British Hugo Award and Edgar Allan Poe Award winning playwright and screenwriter, probaly best known for his The War of the Worlds (1953)
  • Mark Lyndon Tonelli (b. 1957), born Mark Lyndon Leembruggen, an Australian two-time gold and three-time silver medalist swimmer, active in the 1970s
  • Stewart Lyndon Woodford (1835-1913), American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1877 to 1883
  • Merritt Lyndon Fernald (1873-1950), American botanist

  1. 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)
  2. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CAROLINE 1839. Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from
  6. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook