Lynn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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."

Early Origins of the Lynn family

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.

Important Dates for the Lynn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lynn research. Another 150 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 125 and 1255 are included under the topic Early Lynn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Lynn Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Lynn family (pre 1700)

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Lynn migration to the United States

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 [2]
Lynn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elizabeth Lynn, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [2]
  • William Lynn, who landed in America in 1793 [2]
Lynn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Lynn, who arrived in America in 1805 [2]
  • Daniel Lynn, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Eneas Lynn, aged 64, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • A W Lynn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Lynn migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Lynn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David Lynn, aged 20, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • David Lynn, aged 19, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834
  • Mr. John Lynn who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Bee" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [3]
  • Ms. Margaret Lynn, aged 23 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Phoenix" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Lynn, aged 28 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Munn" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Lynn migration to Australia

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

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, Australia [4]
  • William Lynn, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • George Lynn, aged 19, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Lynn migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Lynn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Martha Lynn, (b. 1844), aged 17, British farm servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 [5]
  • William Lynn, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [6]
  • Francis Lynn, aged 55, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Sarah G. Lynn, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Lynn (post 1700)

  • Loretta Lynn (b. 1932), née Webb, an American country music singer-songwriter, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Bruce Newton Lynn I (1925-2016), American businessman and politician, Louisiana State Representative from northern Caddo and Bossier parishes (1976-1988)
  • 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
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 40)
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1822
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
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