Lynn Family History
The family history of the ancient name Lynn
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 Lynn
include Flynn, Linn and Flyng. Meaning 'ruddy', this name is of Irish origin and is found throughout the four Provinces. Lynn is often found as the Northern form of the name Flynn which is derived from the Gaelic O'Floinn sept name.
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.
The Lynns are also of a distinct sept, that of O'Fhloinn, later O'Loinn, that was located in Ulster near Lough Neagh. Their ancestry is traced back to Colla Vais, King of Ireland, in the fourteenth century. The main septs of Flynn were located at Ardagh Castle with another at Muskerry, both in County Cork. In Connacht the main sept was of Kiltullagh, County Roscommon.The Lynn
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 Lynn