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Lynch Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Lynch O'Lynch Linch
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Introduction

I initiated this ONS as my wife's father is a Lynch and I was hoping to find other strands of the family and perhaps more of a solid idea as to where this family came from.

Initial research shows the Lynch name is interesting as it has separate Norman and Irish roots, so it well deserves a Study!

Although my own goals have a particular focus, I will certainly be happy to bring together all Wikitree members with a common interest in Lynch genealogy.

Participants

Apart from myself, users participating in the study include:

How to Join

Please contact the project leader Jason Cottrell or post a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!

Surname Variants

Variants of Lynch we are aware of are:

  • Linch
  • O'Lynch.
  • MacLynch
  • MacLynchy
  • de Lench


Goals

This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

Donegal Lynch Analysis

Based on the work done on the Lynches in County Donegal, the following analysis has been prepared:

Births

Registration Office Number Out of Scope Not Documented Documented
Ballyshannon 45 22 0 23
Donegal 26 1 0 25
Dunfanaghy 9 0 0 9
Glenties 5 1 0 4
Inishowen 409 4 6 399
Letterkenny 27 1 0 26
Londonderry 733 464 13 256
Milford 39 2 2 35
Strabane 309 122 3 184
Stranorlar 31 0 1 30
Totals 1,633 617 25 991

Births can be out of scope if they are:

  • Non-Catholic (purely on the basis of the families researched)
  • Born outside of County Donegal (as some Registration Offices cover multiple counties)
  • Relate to families who were only briefly in County Donegal (e.g. itinerant workers).

Marriages

Registration Office Number Out of Scope N/A Not Documented Documented
Ballyshannon 22 10 0 2 10
Donegal 11 1 1 0 9
Dunfanaghy 1 0 0 1 0
Glenties 3 2 0 0 1
Inishowen 198 9 6 4 179
Letterkenny 63 7 2 6 48
Londonderry 349 258 0 6 85
Milford 20 0 0 1 19
Strabane 108 44 12 8 44
Stranorlar 38 1 0 4 33
Totals 813 332 21 32 426

Marriages can be out of scope if they are:

  • Non-Catholic (purely on the basis of the families researched)
  • Relate to people living outside of County Donegal (as some Registration Offices cover multiple counties).

Marriages marked 'N/A' have no record available on Irish Genealogy and hence cannot be verified.

Deaths

These figures refer to all Lynches, i.e. they include women with different maiden names who married a Lynch.

Registration Office Number Out of Scope N/A Not Documented Documented
Ballyshannon 55 23 7 2 23
Donegal 47 3 8 7 29
Dunfanaghy 2 0 0 0 2
Glenties 6 2 0 2 2
Inishowen 388 31 40 34 283
Letterkenny 106 24 1 15 66
Londonderry 477 390 0 6 81
Milford 57 1 10 7 39
Strabane 219 68 54 9 88
Stranorlar 92 15 6 10 61
Totals 1,449 557 126 92 674

Deaths can be out of scope if they are:

  • Non-Catholic (purely on the basis of the families researched)
  • Relate to people living outside of County Donegal (as some Registration Offices cover multiple counties)
  • Relate to people born in the last 100 years.

Deaths marked 'N/A' have no record available on Irish Genealogy and hence cannot be verified.

Census Records

These figures refer to all Lynches, i.e. they include women with different maiden names who married a Lynch.

DED 1901 Number 1901 Out of Scope 1901 Not Documented 1901 Documented 1911 Number 1911 Out of Scope 1911 Not Documented 1911 Documented
Ballyarr 4 0 0 4 2 0 0 2
Ballyliffin 10 1 1 8 5 0 0 5
Ballymacool 6 0 0 6 4 0 0 4
Ballyshannon (Urban) 15 1 0 14 9 0 0 9
Birdstown 11 0 0 11 33 1 0 32
Buncrana 50 0 1 49 52 2 3 47
Bundoran 5 0 0 5 10 1 1 8
Burt 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 2
Carndonagh 29 0 0 29 31 0 0 31
Carrowkeel 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Carthage 8 0 0 8 6 0 0 6
Castlecary 17 0 0 17 20 0 1 19
Castlefinn 7 0 0 7 6 0 0 6
Cloghan 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 2
Clonleigh North 18 0 0 18 21 0 0 21
Clonleigh South 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Convoy 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 3
Creeslough 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Crowkeeragh 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Culdaff 6 0 0 6 17 0 0 17
Desertegny 26 1 1 24 26 0 0 26
Donegal 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Doocharry 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Dunfanaghy 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Fahan 20 2 0 18 15 0 1 14
Fanad West 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Feddyglass 34 0 0 34 22 0 0 22
Figart 11 0 0 11 9 0 0 9
Gleneely 23 0 0 23 22 0 1 21
Glentogher 1 0 0 1 3 2 0 1
Gortahork 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Greencastle 11 0 0 11 16 0 0 16
Greenfort 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0
Grousehall 13 0 0 13 8 0 0 8
Illies 16 0 1 15 9 0 0 9
Inch 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 3
Inver 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Kilderry 70 0 1 69 46 0 0 46
Killea 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Killybegs 2 0 0 2 2 0 1 1
Kilmacrenan 5 0 0 5 3 0 0 3
Kincraigy 3 0 0 3 14 0 0 14
Knock 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 7
Knockalla 14 0 0 14 21 0 0 21
Letterkenny Rural 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Letterkenny Town / Urban 3 1 0 2 1 1 0 0
Lettermacaward 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
Loughkeel 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 1
Magheraboy 5 0 0 5 3 0 0 3
Magheraclogher 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 2
Malin 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Manorcunningham 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Milford 5 0 0 5 4 0 0 4
Mintiaghs 10 0 1 9 22 0 1 21
Moville 7 0 0 7 0 0 0 0
Raphoe 4 0 0 4 1 0 0 1
Rathmelton 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Rathmullan 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 1
Redcastle 21 0 0 21 19 1 0 18
Rosguill 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
Seacor 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
St Johnston 35 0 0 35 24 0 0 24
Straid 26 0 0 26 25 0 0 25
Stranorlar 7 0 0 7 2 0 0 2
Three Trees 25 0 0 25 15 0 0 15
Treantaghmucklagh 15 0 0 15 28 0 0 28
Tremone 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
Whitecastle 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Totals 624 10 9 605 611 10 14 587

No Lynches were living in DEDs not listed above in 1901 or 1911.

Cemeteries

Cemetery Total Out of Scope Not Documented Documented
Ardara 2 2 0 0
Arranmore 1 1 0 0
Assaroe Abbey 5 3 0 2
Belcruit 1 1 0 0
Bundoran 7 1 0 6
Carraigard 6 6 0 0
Castlefinn 6 4 0 2
Cockhill 88 43 2 43
Convoy 11 2 0 9
Conwal 8 6 1 1
Culdaff 35 10 4 21
Desertegny 15 6 0 9
Drumoghill 36 8 0 28
Drung 22 2 4 16
Falcarragh 1 1 0 0
Finner 4 0 0 4
Frosses 1 1 0 0
Gortahork 2 1 0 1
Gweedore 8 8 0 0
Iskaheen 40 13 0 27
Killygarvan 15 1 4 10
Leck 1 1 0 0
Lettercran 6 0 0 6
Mevagh 1 0 1 0
Mountcharles 1 1 0 0
Muff 19 12 0 7
Murlog 19 16 0 3
Newtowncunningham 7 3 0 4
Raphoe 12 1 0 11
Rathmullan 18 9 2 7
St Johnston 38 27 0 11
Sessiagh (O'Neill) 9 3 0 6
Tamney 1 1 0 0
Totals 446 194 18 234

This analysis is based on data from Irish Graveyards. It is recognised this does not represent all cemeteries in County Donegal.

The following cemeteries were reviewed on FindAGrave:

Cemetery Total Out of Scope Not Documented Documented
St Joseph's The Rock, Ballyshannon 1 1 0 0
St Agatha's Churchyard, Clar 6 3 0 3
Doneyloop 6 6 0 0

Neighbouring Counties

There were no Lynches born in Donegal living in Leitrim or Sligo in 1901 or 1911 according to the census records.

Two children born in Donegal were living in Fermanagh in 1911 (born to soldier Christopher Lynch).

In County Tyrone:

  • In 1901 there were six. Two were wives, one has not been traced and three have been successfully documented
  • In 1911 there were nine. Two were wives, two have not been traced and five have been successfully documented.

In County Londonderry:

  • In 1901 there were 83. 15 were out of scope, 15 have not been traced and 53 have been successfully documented
  • In 1911 there were 67. 10 were out of scope, 9 have not been traced and 48 have been successfully documented.

Task List

I am in the process of completing and documenting my work on the Catholic Lynch families of County Donegal.

Profiles in the Study

See this list.

Useful References

Wikipedia

House of Names





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Additional Lynch variants:

MacLynch MacLynchy de Lench

There are known to be at least eight origin locations for the modern Lynch families.

posted by Ken Lynch
edited by Ken Lynch