THE LYNNS OF R-U198
The Family Name
Lin - Lind - Line - Linn - Linne - Lyn - Lynd - Lyne - Lynn - Lynne
Copyright 2011, 2016 Loretta Lynn Layman
The Lynn surname has several completely different origins and even more variant spellings. In some cultures, particularly the United States and Britain, the spelling of surnames was relatively inconsistent even into the 19th century. This phenomenon is important to bear in mind, whether following a paper trail or studying your family's DNA portrait. However, it is the DNA itself which most reliably defines family relationships.
The primary goals of this project are to identify and connect those Lynns, Linns, etc. who share a common ancestor - within the DNA haplogroup R-U198 - and to discover where our family's origin lies. Our most important tools are the Y-DNA results and the phylogeny [the evolutionary history of an organism]. The phylogeny, however, is currently being revised.
The Y-DNA results for R-U198 Lynns suggest that these men share a common ancestor sometime within the past 300-500 years but possibly as long ago as the 11th century. An 11th-century origin would mean that the family's surname was assumed during an era in which only families of property and position had surnames, but this scenario remains to be proven. R-U198 Lynns do have Scottish and Ulster Scot connections, but the migrations of their haplogroup suggest that they originated either in England or somewhere in the vicinity of French Flanders / Belgium.
The paper trail for R-U198 Lynns is also vital. While DNA provides estimates of the time within which specific individuals share a common ancestor, the historic documents and records are needed to corroborate those estimates and refine them into lineages. In addition to the discussion of Lynn surname origins, there are at this site reliable histories of three of our group's most distant known ancestors. Others will be added over time. It is hoped that, eventually, it will be possible to connect some of these ancestors to each other.
Also available here are extracts of the 1850 U.S. Census listing all men by the name Lynn or one its variants who were born in either Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales, or continental Europe. Also included on each census chart are sons, if any, born in the U.S. or any country other than the country to which that specific chart relates. It must be borne in mind, however, that not all Lynns, etc. have the same genetic origins. See "Important Note" on the main 1850 U.S. Census page.
The DNA charts, phylogeny diagram, census, and lineages constitute the resources currently available at this site. However, please also see the following discussion concerning the family's ethnic origins.
Our Y-DNA Haplogroup
Contact : Group Administrator : Lynneage @comcast.net