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Where did the Irish Lynn family come from? What is the Irish Lynn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Lynn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Lynn family history?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."
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.
First found in Tuitre (now Antrim,) where they were Lords of Tuitre.  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.
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.
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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
Lynn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Lynn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Lynn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Lynn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Lynn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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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