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Lynch Family History

Lynch Name Meaning
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Loingsigh ‘descendant of Loingseach’, a personal name meaning ‘mariner’ (from long ‘ship’). This is now a common surname in Ireland but of different local origins, for example chieftain families in counties Antrim and Tipperary, while in Ulster and Connacht there were families called Ó Loingseacháin who later shortened their name to Ó Loingsigh and also Anglicized it as Lynch.Irish (Anglo-Norman): Anglicized form of Gaelic Linseach, itself a Gaelicized form of Anglo-Norman French de Lench, the version found in old records. This seems to be a local name, but its origin is unknown. One family of bearers of this name was of Norman origin, but became one of the most important tribes of Galway.English: topographic name for someone who lived on a slope or hillside, Old English hlinc, or perhaps a habitational name from Lynch in Dorset or Somerset or Linch in Sussex, all named with this word.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Lynch Families

  • Number of Lynch families
     1,871 - 3,740
     624 - 1,870
     1 - 623
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Lynch families
     955 - 1,907
     319 - 954
     1 - 318
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Lynch families
     460 - 918
     154 - 459
     1 - 153
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Lynch Family Origin

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Lynch Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Lynch

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Lynch Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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