THE LYNNS OF Y-DNA HAPLOGROUP R-U198
The Family Name
Lin - Lind - Line - Linn - Linne - Lyn - Lynd - Lyne - Lynn - Lynne
Copyright 2011, 2019 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].
Certain R-U198 Lynns have Scottish and Ulster Scot connections. The Y-DNA results for all known R-U198 Lynns suggest that these men share a common Lynn ancestor in about the 14th century and possibly as long ago as the 11th. In Scotland, even as recently as the 14th century, only royalty, nobility, and landed gentry had hereditary surnames.
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. There are at this site reliable histories of six of our group's most distant known ancestors, including citations to some or all of the sources for their respective paper trails. More histories will be added over time; and it is hoped that, eventually, it will be possible to connect some of these ancestors to each other. In truth, there are three branches within the R-U198 Lynn family with descendants for whom the Y-DNA has already proven vital to confirming paper trails and establishing precise relationships.
For whatever interest or value might be provided, this site also includes 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. It must be borne in mind that not all Lynns, etc. have the same genetic origins. See "Important Note" on the main 1850 U.S. Census page. Also, please see the haplogroup discussion below for scientific insights concerning the R-U198 Lynn family's ethnic origins.
As it concerns circumstantial evidence, of particular interest to R-U198 Lynns is the fact that our surname is proven by extant medieval-era documents to be a heritable surname in the Scottish Lowlands from as early as 1175. Further, it is believed from a purely historical perspective that such a family would have been of the aristocracy and perhaps would have had its origins on the European continent.
Our Y-DNA Haplogroup
Contact : Group Administrator : Lynneage @comcast.net