Flynn Family Crest


Flynn family crest

Meaning of the colors on the Flynn family crest

Argent (silver) - signifies the sincere and peaceful nature of Flynn family members since the middle ages.

Azure (blue) - represents the family's loyalty and truthful nature.

Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.




 Meaning of the symbols on the Flynn family crest


The wolf - symbolizes the danger in crossing or betraying members of this family alongside the relentless nature of their perserverence and hard work.

The three roundels (circular shapes), are believed to be symbols from the times of the crusade and represent justice.

The snake - represents wisdom and how Flynn family members have acquired wisdom through the centuries.


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Origins of the Flynn family name

The earliest known origin of the name Flynn is from Ireland.
The name Flynn is an Anglicized form of the Irish name Flann.
The name Flann is derived from the Old Irish word flann, meaning "red." Flynn is a common Irish surname.
The name Flynn is also found in Scotland, where it is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic name MacFhleinn.


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Summary of the Flynn family and the Flynn family crest

  • The name Flynn first appears in official Irish records in the 13th century, but is believed to be much older in ancient Ireland and may pre-date the 10th century.
  • The Flynn clan is part of the O'Neill Sept.
  • The Flynn family name was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
  • The first recorded Flynn was a man noted as the constable of Dublin Castle in 1216.
  • In the 12th century, the Flynn family were lords of the manor of Ballyshannon in County Donegal.
  • In the 16th century, the Flynn family was transplanted to County Mayo, where they held the manor of Crossmolina.
  • The Flynn name has been associated with various spelling variations over the years including but not limited to: O'Flynn, Flynn, Lynn, and Lynne.
  • The Flynns were one of the "Tribes of Galway" who were granted lands in that region by King Henry VII of England in the 16th century. 
  • The first Flynn family members to come to America were Patrick and Bridget Flynn, who arrived in New York City in 1849. They were fleeing the Irish Potato Famine and hoping to start a new life in America. They eventually settled in Boston, where they had seven children.
  • The Flynn family has continued to thrive in America in the centuries since their arrival. Today, there are thousands of Flynns living in all fifty states.