This surname LENN was of the locational group of names 'of Lynn'. There are several parishes of Lynn in County Norfolk, and in Devon, and there is Lynmouth in County Dorset from which the name may also have sprung. In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named after the village where he lived, or from where he held his land. This name would identify the whole family, and followed them wherever they moved. Early records of the name mention LINE (without surname) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. LYN (without surname) appears in County Dorset in the year 1282. Cecelia de Lyn, County Devon, who was documented during the reign of Edward I (1279-1307). Reginald de Lyn of County Devon was recorded in the year 1273. John de Lynne was the bailiff of Norwich in 1396. John Dyneley and Margary Lyn were married in London in the year 1546. Mathew Key and Elizabeth Lynn were married in Canterbury, Kent in 1680. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Bassingbourne, County Cambridge and Exeter, County Devon. Granted in 1620. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all beasts denoting strength, courage and valour, and on that account is most often borne on coat armour.
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