Lynch (surname)

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Coat of arms of Lynch

Lynch is a surname of Irish and English origin.

English origin[edit]

Originating at Cranbrook, Kent, the Lynch family were from Tudor times seated at The Groves in the village of Staple near Canterbury in Kent (house demolished in 1843). Their Coat of Arms consist of Three Lynxes Rampant and most of the family were buried in Staple parish church. Notable members of this family include: MP for Sandwich (1553–4) The Right Hon. Simon Lynch of Staple, Governor of British Jamaica Sir Thomas Lynch, High Sheriff of Kent (1714) Colonel John Lynch of Staple (whose maternal grandfather was Lord Bishop of London The Right Rev. John Aylmer), Royal chaplain & Dean of Canterbury Cathedral The Very Rev. Dr. John Lynch (who married the daughter of the Archbishop of Canterbury The Right Hon. William Wake), diplomat & MP for Canterbury The Right Hon. Sir William Lynch of Staple. Later members of this family were Anglican clergymen, Army officers, civil servants and City bankers who settled at Hythe, Kent.

Irish origin[edit]

There are several different unrelated Irish families of which Lynch is the Anglicized form of including:

  • Ó Loingsigh, meaning "descendant of Loingseach" (mariner), which was also Anglicized as Lynchy, Lynskey and Lindsey. Their chiefs were lords of the kingdom of Dál Riata in north-eastern Ulster during the 11th century.[1][2]
  • Mac Loingsigh – Clynch, Lynch, Mac Glinchy, MacClintock, McClinton
  • Mac Loingseacháin – Lynchseanaun, Lynch
  • de Lench, an Anglo-Norman name, which became ones of the Tribes of Galway. It is this wealthy landowning line that Patrick Lynch, who moved to Argentina, was from; one of his descendants was Che Guevara.


Coat of arms recorded among the heraldic offices in Dublin and London include that of Lynch of Galway:[3]

Symbol/Color Meaning Icon
Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity
The Chevron Denotes Protection. Often granted as a reward to one who has achieved some Notable Enterprise
Shamrock/Trefoil Signifies Perpetuity
  • Blazon: Azure a chevron between three trefoils slipt or.
  • Crest: A lynx passant azure collared or.
  • Motto: Semper Fidelis which is a Latin phrase meaning "always faithful".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bell, Robert (2003). The Book of Ulster Surnames. The Blackstaff Press. ISBN 978-0-85640-602-7.
  2. ^ a b Woulfe, Rev. Patrick (1923). "Ó Loingsigh". Irish Names and Surnames. Retrieved September 2015. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Burke, Bernard (1884). "The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales". London: Harrison. p. 632.

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