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Lynam, also spelled Lynham, is the Anglicised form of the Modern Irish surname, Ó Laigheanáin (originally Ó Laidhghneáin in earlier forms of Irish) which can be roughly translated as someone of Laighean / Laidhghn (Leinster) descent. It is thought to have its roots in Contae Uíbh Fhailí (County Offaly), a county in the heart of Ireland and the west of Cúige Laighean, the province of Leinster.
It is unclear whether Ó Laigheanáin was once a clann (extended family) or túath (larger community or nation). However, due to the seemingly important meaning of the name, this is possible. There are eight references to the Ó Laigheanáin in the Annals of the Four Masters, all prior to 1100 AD.
The surname is related to names such as Leaneagh, Laighneach, Lynagh, etc.
Lynam may be:
- David Lynam, American drummer
- Des Lynam OBE (born 1942), UK-based Irish television and radio presenter
- Jim Lynam, an American former college and professional basketball coach and pre-game and post-game analyst for the Philadelphia 76ers on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, and daughter Dei Lynam, Sixers Insider at Comcast SportsNet
- Jimmy Lynam, 20th-century Irish sportman, known for hurling
- Joe Lynam (born 1970), UK-based Irish broadcast journalist
- Gerald Lynam (born 1944), American author of "The Best Blackjack Book Ever!!"
- James Lynam Molloy (1837-1909), Irish poet, author, and composer
- Severus William Lynam Stretton (1783–1884), British Army officer
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