Lynott Family History
ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.
Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.
Variants of the name Lynott
include Linnett, Livott and Lyvet. The Gaelic sept of 'Lionoid' came from Connacht.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.
This family arrived not long after the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland and were one of the powerful Cambro-Norman families which became established in Connacht in the thirteenth century. They held vast tracts of land and were mentioned in the Composition Book of Connacht with other well known families such as the Burkes around the year 1585. Fifty years later they are mentioned as landowners in the Barony of Tirawley but from that time their prosperity declined. Livott and Lyvet are sometimes found as synonyms of the name, they being recorded in Leinster from the thirteenth century.
family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Lynott