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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


Similar surnames: Lance, Leach, Winch, Clinch, Bench, Kinch, Lynam, Blanch, Latch

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Where is the Lynch family from?

You can see how Lynch families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lynch family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lynch families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 198 Lynch families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Lynch's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Lynch families in 1840.
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What did your Lynch ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lynch. 13% of Lynch men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Lynch women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lynch were Clerk and Housewife.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housewife
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 154,000 immigration records available for the last name Lynch. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 155,000 military records available for the last name Lynch. For the veterans among your Lynch ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lynch lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Lynch life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Lynch in 1940 was 63, and 74 in 2004.

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