|Meaning:||A strip of greenwood between the plowed lands in the common field; a small hanging wood, son of a mariner|
|Related Names:||Linch, O'Lynch|
ORIGIN AND HISTORY
Lynch is an English and Irish surname. It became especially prominent in the Irish city of Galway, where the Lynch family was very active in local politics. There are a few different explanations for the origin of this name.
- Lynch may derive from the Gaelic surname Ó Loingsigh, meaning "descendant of Loingseach." Loingseach is a Gaelic male name that means "mariner." The root of the name is long, meaning "ship."
- The surname Lynch may be a variation of the French and Norman surname de Lench, a geographic surname given to those who lived in a place known as Lench. When the de Lench family came to Ireland, the name was transformed into Linseach. When translated from Gaelic to English, the name became Lynch.
- Lynch may be related to the Old English word hlinc, meaning a slope or hillside. There are several places in England called Lynch. As an English surname, Lynch may have been given to those who lived in or near these places.
According to WhitePages.com, Lynch is the 219th most common surname in the United States. The highest concentration of people with the surname Lynch is in New York, followed by Florida, California and Massachusetts.
- When a mob attacks a person and kills them, especially by hanging, this is referred to as "lynching." It is also known as "Lynch's Law" or "Lynch Law." The term derives from Charles Lynch, a justice of the peace from the American Revolutionary era, who encouraged Americans to work outside the judicial system to impose punishment on Tories (those who remained loyal to Britain).  This term may also related to a man named James Lynch, a late 15th century mayor who is said to have hanged his own son on the charge of murder.
- 79 times between the years 1485 and 1654, a politician with the surname Lynch was elected as Mayor of Galway, in Ireland. The last Lynch to hold the office of Mayor of Galway was Angela Lynch, who was elected in 1998.
- Merrill Lynch: investment company
- Lynch's Theatrical Department Store: online costume shop
- Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
- Lynch Syndrome: a type of cancer, named for Dr. Henry T. Lynch
- Lynch, Kentucky
- Lynch, Nebraska
- David Lynch: film director (born January 20, 1946)
- Evanna Lynch: actress (born August 16, 1991)
- John Lynch: U.S. politician
- George Lynch: musician, band- Dokken (born September 28, 1954)
- Kelly Lynch: actress (born January 31, 1959)
- Liam Lynch: musician, puppeteer, director (born September 5, 1970)
- Marshawn Lynch: football player (born April 22, 1986)
- Stephen F. Lynch: U.S. politician
- Timothy W. Lynch: television critic (born February 7, 1970)
Author: Sarena Ulibarri
|Meaning||A strip of greenwood between the plowed lands in the common field; a small hanging wood, son of a mariner +|
|Meaningnc||a strip of greenwood between the plowed lands in the common field; a small hanging wood, son of a mariner +|
|Origin||Irish +, English +, Norman +, French +, and Gaelic +|
|Rank in 2000s||0 +|
|Related||Linch +, and O'Lynch +|