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Lynch Name History

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Lynch is a surname of English and Irish origin. The most famous Irish Lynch family were one of the Tribes of Galway and of Anglo-Norman origin. The original Norman-French form of the surname, de Linch, indicated a now unknown place of origin, probably in Normandy. It is from this wealthy landowning line that Patrick Lynch, who moved to Argentina, was from; including descendant Che Guevara. Variant Spellings of the Irish surname Lynch include Linch, O'Lynch, O'Linch and others.

Learn more about the Lynch family name

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Lynch surname. There is a wide selection of Lynch coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Where is Lynch Pub in Ireland?

We found four pubs in Ireland that bear the name Lynch, but there may be more! Here are the ones we located:

If you can't visit in person, our personalized Lynch pub gifts are the next best thing!

Notable people named Lynch


  • Alastair Lynch (born 1968), Australian football player
  • Albert Lynch Peruvian painter
  • Angela Lynch Mayor of Galway


  • Benito Lynch, Argentine writer of Irish descent
  • Benny Lynch (1913–-1946), boxer
  • Brian Lynch (basketball), American basketball player
  • Brian Lynch (musician), American jazz musician
  • Brian Lynch (public servant), New Zealander
  • Brian Lynch (writer), American writer, director, and actor, best known for writing and directing the movie Big Helium Dog


  • Charles Lynch (jurist) (1736-–1796), Virginia militia officer in the American Revolutionary War and probable source of word "lynching"
  • Charles Lynch (politician) (1783–-1853), United States politician
  • Christopher Lynch (businessman), current Chief Financial Officer of BHP Billiton Ltd
  • Cynthia Lynch (born 1971), wrestler


  • Damian Lynch (born 1979), former Irish association footballer
  • Daniel Lynch (basketball) (1916-1981), former basketball coach at St. Francis College
  • David Lynch (born 1946), American film director


  • Eliza Lynch, mistress of Francisco Solano López, Paraguayan dictator
  • Eric the Midget (Eric Lynch), American radio personality
  • Evanna Lynch, Irish actress, known for her role as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


  • Fionán Lynch, Irish politician


  • Genevieve Springston Lynch (1891–-1960), American artist
  • Geoffrey Lynch, aka Geffere Lynch, 4th Mayor of Galway, fl. 1488-1489
  • George Lynch (basketball), retired American professional basketball player
  • George Lynch (musician) (born 1954), American heavy metal guitarist
  • George Lynch (race car driver) (1918–-1997)
  • Gerard Lynch, several people
  • Grayston Lynch (1923-2008), American soldier and CIA officer


  • Holly Lynch, American model


  • Jack Lynch (1917–-1999), sports star and fourth Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland
  • Jane Lynch (born 1960), American actress
  • Jarvis Lynch (born 1933), American general
  • Jay Lynch (born 1945) An American cartoonist
  • Jennifer Lynch (born 1968), American film director
  • Jeremiah Lynch (1888-–1953), Irish-born Scotland Yard detective and spycatcher
  • Jessica Lynch (born 1983), American soldier and prisoner of war
  • Joe Lynch (actor) (1925-–2001), Irish actor
  • Joe Lynch (boxer) (1898-–1965), American boxer
  • Joel Lynch (born 1987), English footballer
  • John H. Lynch (born 1952), American politician and governor of New Hampshire (2005–)
  • John Lynch (actor), actor from Northern Ireland
  • John Lynch (American football) (born 1971), American football player
  • John R. Lynch (1847–-1939), black U.S. politician after the American Civil War


  • Kelly Lynch (born 1959), American actress
  • Kenny Lynch, English singer and actor
  • Kevin Lynch (hunger striker), Irish republican
  • Kevin A. Lynch (1918-–1984), American urban planner and author
  • Kevin G. Lynch, Canadian civil servant


  • Liam Lynch (Irish Republican) (1893-–1923), Irish general
  • Liam Lynch (musician) (born 1970), musician, puppeteer, and director


  • Mark Lynch, association footballer
  • Mark Lynch, Gaelic footballer
  • Marshawn Lynch, American football player


  • Nancy Lynch, professor at MIT
  • Noel Lynch, British politician
  • Nnenna Lynch, American distance runner


  • Patricio Lynch, Chilean Rear-Admiral
  • Patrick Lynch (Argentina), Irish emigrant to Argentina and ancestor of Che Guevara
  • Patrick Lynch (Roman Catholic Bishop), Roman Catholic Diocese of Southwark
  • Patrick C. Lynch, incumbent Attorney General of Rhode Island
  • Patrick J. Lynch, artist and author
  • Patrick Neeson Lynch, Catholic bishop during the American Civil War
  • Peirce Lynch, first Mayor of Galway
  • Peter Lynch (born 1944), investor


  • Quinten Lynch, Australian Football League player for the West Coast Eagles


  • Ray Lynch (born 1943), American musician
  • Robert Clyde Lynch, American physician who developed the Lynch operation
  • Ross Lynch, American actor and musician
  • Rydel Lynch, American musician
  • Rocky Lynch, American musician
  • Riker Lynch, American actor and musician


  • Sandra Lea Lynch (born 1946), first woman judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Scott Lynch (born 1978), American fantasy author
  • Shane Lynch (born 1976), Irish singer
  • Simon Lynch (footballer), Canadian footballer
  • Stan Lynch, former drummer for Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
  • Stephen Lynch (cricketer) (born 1976), New Zealander
  • Stephen Lynch (musician) (born 1971), American singer/comedian
  • Stephen Lynch (politician) (born 1955), American congressman
  • Steve Lynch, Autograph's guitarist
  • Susan Lynch (pediatrician), First lady of New Hampshire
  • Sybil Lynch, American singer


  • Thaddeus Lynch (1901-–1966), Irish politician
  • Thomas Lynch (statesman) (1727-–1776), South Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress
  • Thomas Lynch, Jr. (1749-–1779), signed U.S. Declaration of Independence
  • Thomas Lynch (congressman) (1844–-1898), U.S. Congressman from Wisconsin
  • Thomas C. Lynch (1904-–1986), California state attorney-general (1964-–1971)
  • Tommy Lynch, rugby league footballer


  • Valeria Lynch (born 1952), Argentine singer


  • William Lynch (Lynch law), Virginia citizen
  • William F. Lynch (1801–-1865), American naval officer

People with hyphenated Lynch surname

  • George Edward Lynch Cotton (1813-–1866), English educator and churchman
  • David Lynch Scott (1845-–1924), Canadian justice
  • John Lynch-Staunton (born 1930), Canadian senator
  • Jesse Lynch Williams (1871–-1929), American author

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