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Early Origins of the Lynes family

The surname Lynes 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 Lynes family

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Lynes Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Lynes family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Lynes family to Ireland

Some of the Lynes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Lynes migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lynes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Lynes, who landed in Maryland in 1674 [2]
  • Elizabeth Lynes, aged 25, who arrived in Maryland in 1684 [2]
Lynes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Lynes, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • William Lynes, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [2]
  • John Lynes, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]
Lynes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Lynes, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [2]
  • G Lynes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Australia Lynes migration to Australia +

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

Lynes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Lynes, British convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Competitor"18th March 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Miss Esther Lynes, (McCarthy), (b. 1808), aged 22, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for life for robbery, transported aboard the "Earl of Liverpool" in December 1830, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Lynes (post 1700) +

  • George Platt Lynes (1907-1955), American fashion and commercial photographer, brother of Russell Lynes
  • Russell Lynes (1910-1991), American art historian, photographer, author and managing editor of Harper's Magazine
  • Martin Lynes (b. 1967), Australian actor, best known for his roles as Dr. Luke Forlano on All Saints
  • Colin Lynes (b. 1977), British light welterweight professional boxer, former IBO World, British and European champion
  • Roy Alan Lynes (b. 1943), English keyboardist and singer with Status Quo
  • Rear Admiral Hubert Lynes CB CMG (1874-1942), British admiral during World War I

The Lynes 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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th March 2021). Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook