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This article is about the surname. For other uses, see Flynn (disambiguation).
Family name
Meaning red or reddish (complexion) or ruddy
Region of origin Ireland
Related names O'Flynn, Flinn, Lynn, O'Lynn, O'Linn

Flynn is an Irish surname, an anglicised form of the Irish Ó Floinn, meaning "descendant of Flann" (a byname meaning "reddish (complexion)" or "ruddy"). The name rose independently in several parts of Ireland.[1]

According to John O'Donovan's 1849 works, the modern descendants of Lugaid mac Con include the O'Driscolls, O'Learys, Coffeys, Hennessys and Flynns of County Cork.[2]

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  1. ^ "Flynn Family Crest and History". Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  2. ^ John O'Donovan (ed.) "The Genealogy of Corca Laidhe", in Miscellany of the Celtic Society. Dublin. 1849. alternative scan