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Today's Irish surnames are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Lynn originally appeared in Gaelic as O Floinn, which is derived from the word "flann," which means "ruddy."

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The surname Lynn was first found in Tuitre (now Antrim,) where they were Lords of Tuitre. [1] However, the Lynn surname arose independently in several parts of Ireland. Perhaps the oldest line were a Sept of O Floin in Armagh, Ulster, where they were a senior branch of Clanna Rury of Ulidia, claiming descent from King Colla Uais, the famed 4th century Irish King, who in turn was descended from the Heremon royal line.

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Lynn are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Flynn, O'Flynn, Flinn, Lynn, O'Lynn, O'Linn and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lynn research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1255 are included under the topic Early Lynn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Lynn family in North America:

Lynn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • George Lynn, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Lynn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Elizabeth Lynn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • William Lynn, who landed in America in 1793

Lynn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm Lynn, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Daniel Lynn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Eneas Lynn, aged 64, landed in New York in 1812
  • A W Lynn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Lynn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • David Lynn, aged 19, arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1834

Lynn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • John Lynn, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • William Lynn, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • George Lynn, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Lynn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Lynn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Francis Lynn, aged 55, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Sarah G. Lynn, aged 16, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

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  • Jeffrey Lynn (1909-1995), born Ragnar Lind, an American actor
  • Cynthia Lynn (b. 1936), born Zinta Valda Zimilis, a Latvian-born, American actress, best known for her role as Fraulein Helga in Hogan's Heroes
  • Byrd "Birdie" Lynn (1889-1940), American Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1916 to 1920
  • Elizabeth Ann Theresa "Betty" Lynn (b. 1926), American actress, best known for her portrayal as Thelma Lou in The Andy Griffith Show; she is the last surviving regular female cast member from the show
  • David Lynn (1873-1961), American architect
  • Anthony Ray Lynn (b. 1968), American former NFL football running back
  • Allison Lynn (b. 1971), American novelist, winner of the William Faulkner Award
  • Frederic Michael "Fred" Lynn (b. 1952), American Major League Baseball center fielder
  • Henry Lynn (1895-1984), American film director, screenwriter, and producer
  • Kathleen Lynn (1874-1955), Irish politician and doctor

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  • Lew Lynn Lineage by Billie Allen Jines.
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  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  5. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Lynn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lynn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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