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The spelling and overall form of Irish names tend to vary widely over time. The original Gaelic form of the name McGlynn is Mag Flhloinn, which is derived from the word "flann," which means "ruddy."


The surname McGlynn was first found in county Athlone, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the McGlynn family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacGlynn, MacGlinn, McGlynn, McGlinn and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGlynn research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1014 and 1172 are included under the topic Early McGlynn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early McGlynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Under the rule of England, land ownership in Ireland changed dramatically, and many native Irish families found themselves renting out land to farm from absentee owners. This was one of the prime reasons that immigration to North America began in the late 18th century: Irish farmers dreamed of owning their own parcel of land to work for themselves. At this point, the immigrants were at least of modest means for the passage across the Atlantic was often quite dear. In the 1840s the Great Potato Famine created an exodus of people of quite different means. These people were most often destitute: they either sold anything they had to gain a passage or they were sponsored by philanthropic societies. Many of these immigrants were sick from disease and starvation: as a result many did not survive the long transatlantic journey. Although those settlers that did survive were often despised and discriminated against by people already established in these nations, they were critical to rapid development of the powerful industrial nations of the United States and the country that would later become known as Canada. An examination of immigration and passenger lists shows many persons bearing the name of McGlynn or one of its variants:

McGlynn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McGlynn, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J McGlynn, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Thomas McGlynn, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Arthur, John, Patrick McGlynn settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1851 and 1871
  • Patrick McGlynn, who landed in Arkansas in 1889

McGlynn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie McGlynn, aged 18, who landed in America from Westport, Ireland, in 1906
  • Bridget McGlynn, aged 17, who landed in America from Donegal, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bessie McGlynn, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • Angela McGlynn, aged 8, who landed in America from Johnstone, Scotland, in 1909
  • Daniel McGlynn, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1909
  • ...

  • Ryan McGlynn (b. 1974), American co-owner of McGlynn Racing with his father Ray McGlynn
  • John James "Jack" McGlynn (1922-2016), American politician, Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts (1976-1977), Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1959-1975)
  • Gerard McGlynn (b. 1962), retired American soccer midfielder
  • Joseph Leo McGlynn Jr. (1925-1999), United States federal judge
  • Karyna McGlynn (b. 1977), American poet
  • Ian McGlynn (b. 1973), American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer
  • Richard Anthony "Dick" McGlynn (b. 1948), retired American professional ice hockey player
  • Michael Ryan "Mike" McGlynn (b. 1985), American football center
  • Father Edward McGlynn (1837-1900), American Roman Catholic priest and social reformer
  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (b. 1966), American voice actress
  • ...

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    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    6. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. 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.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. 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.
    11. ...

    The McGlynn Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The McGlynn 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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