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LYNCH surname - sources of

Postby bimjim » Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:21 pm

Recorded in various spellings including Linch, Lynch, Lynche, which can be of either English or Irish origin, or Linskey and Lynskey which are both Irish and mainly from County Mayo, and the West of Ireland.

The English name originates in the pre Anglo-Saxon era, and is a topographical surname denoting residence on a slope or a hillside. Derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century word 'hlinc', meaning hill, it may also be locational surname from the villages called 'Lynch' in Somerset or 'Linch' in Sussex, both of which have exactly the same Olde English origination, and are (literally) built on hills.

As an Irish surname, 'Lynch' is far more confusing, nethertheless it is one of the most important clans, being particulary associated with County Galway. In general the surname is said to derive from a Anglicized form of the Gaelic O' Loingsigh, which translates as 'The descendant of the mariner', an unusual description in itself as the ancient Irish were rarely sailors, or as another Anglicized form, this time of the Gaelic 'Linseach', itself confusingly Gaelicized from the Anglo-Norman 'de Lench', which entered the country in the 12th century with the army of Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke. In effect this takes us back to the begining again and the Olde English 'hlinc', of which 'de Lench' was another spelling.

Thomas Lynch (1749 - 1779), whose Irish family emigrated to America, was one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence, whilst Jack Lynch was Premier of Ireland in 1970.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Geoffrey Linch, which was dated 1228, in the "Fine Court Records of Suffolk", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272.

Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

(From http://www.surnamedb.com/)

Addition: Lynch could have come through the names McGlinchey · McGlinchy · Ó Laoingsigh · Lindsay · Linskey · Ó Loingse · Ó Loingseacháin · Ó Loingsigh · Ó Loinnsge · Ó Loinnsgigh · Lynchechaun · Lynchehaun · Lynskey
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Re: LYNCH surname - sources of

Postby Badminton » Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:38 pm

Jim
There are several Linsch names in the St. Eustatius BMD's I'm transcribing at present from the 1700's. Any use to you?
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Re: LYNCH surname - sources of

Postby bimjim » Sat Feb 13, 2010 2:09 am

I have been adding any and all possible name connections to my database for future reference, even if there is no clear current link.

So yes, I would appreciate any and all details you can help me with.

Thanks very much...

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Re: LYNCH surname - sources of

Postby Badminton » Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:46 am

Baptisms St. Eustatius:
1749, Dec 24 Francis Linsch, born 18 December 1749, parents John Linsch and Rebakka his wife. Witnesses/Godparents: Jacob Hodom, Alexander Thomson, Elisabeth and Scharlet Nolof.

1758, Nov 14 Godparent of Pieter Andries Deneau, no birth date, parents Pieter Deneau and Maria Gibbons his wife, Godparents: James Gibbons, Piers Landersy, Sibbey Stiel, Johanna Linsch.

Marriage St. Eustatius:
1782, record damaged - between 12 and 26th November - Edward Mills born Saba aged 29 years and Maria Hassel widow of Jan Linsch born Saba aged 27 years. Witnesses: Jacob Hendrik Schmatt/Schmett, Elisabeth Renon, Rebecca Robbertson
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Re: LYNCH surname - sources of

Postby bimjim » Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:09 pm

A million thanks, Heather... these may not be related, but you never know. I will happily add them to my tree for future reference!!

Have a great weekend!!

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