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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."

Lynn Early Origins



The surname Lynn was first found in Tuitre (now Antrim,) where they were Lords of Tuitre. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
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.

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Lynn Spelling Variations


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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.

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Lynn Early History


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Lynn Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Lynn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lynn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

  • William 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 20, landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833
  • David Lynn, aged 19, arrived in Saint 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, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • William Lynn, English convict from Norfolk, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • 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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • 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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Contemporary Notables of the name Lynn (post 1700)


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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 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Lynn


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Suggested Readings for the name Lynn



  • Lew Lynn Lineage by Billie Allen Jines.

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Citations


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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. ^ 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
  3. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  6. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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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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