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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."

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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.

First found in county Athlone, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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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.

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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
  • Thos 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


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  • 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
  • Ryan McGlynn (b. 1974), American co-owner of McGlynn Racing
  • Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (b. 1966), American voice actress
  • Dan McGlynn, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1940

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The McGlynn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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