The surname of GLYNN has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. GLYNN families descend usually from the Mac Fhloinn sept which has its territory in County Roscommon, near Athlone, although a small minority may descend from Welsh settlers who quite separately brough the Welsh surname Glyn from Wales. The Irish family name is preserved also in the name of a County Roscommon lake and town of Loughglynn, a region where Glynn families still reside. When the sparse Irish population began to increase it became necessary to broaden the base of personal identification by moving from single names to a more definite nomenclature. The prefix MAC was given to the father's christian name, or O to that of a grandfather or even earlier ancestor. A number of bearers of the name Glynn can be traced to the manor of Glynn near Bodmin, Cornwall, where Hubert de Glin was living in the year 1100. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. A notable member of the name was Elinor Glyn (1864-1943) British popular novelist, born in Jersey. She found fame with 'Three Weeks' written in 1907, which gained a reputation for being risque. She also wrote an autobiography 'Romance Adventure' which was published in 1936. Several priests of the name are notable in the history of the diocese of Raphoe, and one of the same stock was famous in America, viz. Dr. Edward MacGlynn (1837-1900), the New York priest who was suspended for his support of socialism and successfully appealed to Pope Leo XIII against this sentence. Another notable ecclesiastic was the Rev. Martin Glynn (1729-1794) who, going from the diocese of Tuam to France, became superior of the Irish College at Bordeaux, of which he was the last rector, and was guillotined during the French Revolution.
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