Flynn

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Flynn
Origin
Region of origin Ireland
Meaning red or reddish (complexion) or ruddy
Other names
Variant(s) 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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  • Colin P. Flynn, professor at the University of Illinois
  • James Robert Flynn, a.k.a. Jim Flynn (born 1934), intelligence researcher in New Zealand (the Flynn effect)
  • John Flynn (minister) (1880–1951), Minister and the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia
  • Michael J. Flynn (born 1934), American computer scientist and inventor of Flynn's taxonomy

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References[edit]

  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