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The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this is the local surname. Local surnames, such as Lynskey, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. The earliest surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they often created names in reference to where they actually resided. Therefore, some settlers eventually took names from Irish places. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The Lynskey family originally lived in some location which is no longer known. The original form of the Norman surname Lynskey was de Lench. However, there is also a native Irish family named Lynskey. This surname, which was originally O Loingsigh, is derived from the Gaelic word loingseach, which means mariner.

Lynskey Early Origins



The surname Lynskey was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they were granted lands by Strongbow after the English Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172.

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Lynskey Spelling Variations


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Lynskey Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Lynskey, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Lynch, Linch, O'Lynch and others.

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Lynskey Early History


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Lynskey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Lynskey research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1488, 1489, 1489, 1490, 1489, 1490, 1507, 1611, 1676, 1691, 1684, 1682, 1623, 1713, 1669 and 1713 are included under the topic Early Lynskey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Lynskey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Lynskey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Geoffrey (Geffere) Lynch ( fl. 1488-1489), 4th Mayor of Galway; John Lynch fitz John, fifth Mayor of Galway (1489-1490); Robuck Lynch, sixth Mayor of Galway (1489-1490); Arthur Lynch (Mayor), 22nd Mayor of Galway, (died 1507), a member of one of The...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Lynskey 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



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Lynskey:

Lynskey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Bridget Lynskey, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Michael Lynskey, aged 50, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Margaret Lynskey, aged 61, landed in New York, NY in 1849
  • Mary Lynskey, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1849
  • Maggie Lynskey, aged 30, who landed in America from Wexford, in 1898

Lynskey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ellen Lynskey, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Queenstown, in 1902
  • Delia Lynskey, aged 25, who landed in America from Swinford, Ireland, in 1904
  • Lizzie Lynskey, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States from Kilkelly, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget Lynskey, aged 1, who landed in America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
  • Mary Ann Lynskey, aged 29, who settled in America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Lynskey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Lynskey (post 1700)



  • Ed Lynskey, American poet, critic, and novelist
  • Aoife Lynskey (b. 1980), Irish camogie player, winner of an All Ireland medal in 1996
  • Brendan Lynskey (b. 1956), Irish retired sportsperson
  • Sir George Justin Lynskey (1888-1957), English judge, best remembered for his role in investigating the political scandal that led to the eponymous Lynskey tribunal
  • Melanie Jayne Lynskey (b. 1977), New Zealand actress best known for playing Charlie Harper's neighbor Rose on Two and a Half Men

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
    3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    4. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    5. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    6. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Lynskey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Lynskey 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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