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This surname of SYNNOTT was originally derived from the Old English word SINOT, a name meaning 'victory-bold'. Although this name is of English origin it is now far more common in Ireland than in England and is gaelicized SIN OID. This family have been in the County of Wexford since the early thirteenth Century. The name was originally a feminine baptismal name which has been long forgotten. When the coast of England was invaded by William The Conqueror in the year 1066, the Normans brought with them a store of French personal names, which soon, more or less, entirely replaced the traditional more varied Old English personal names, at least among the upper and middle classes. A century of so later, given names of the principal saints of the Christian church began to be used. It is from these two types of given name that the majority of the English patronymic surnames are derived and used to this day. Early records of the name mention Sinod (without surname) who was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086. Synodus (without surname) who was recorded in County Suffolk in the year 1095, and Robertus filius Sinothi appears in County Surrey in the year 1200. Dionisia filia Sinod was documented in Hertfordshire in 1207 and Stephen Sinot of the County of Suffolk in 1273. Johannes Sinhit of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. A later instance of the name mentions John Sinnott and Barbara White who were married at Canterbury, County Kent in 1673. The associated coat of arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered at Synnott's Land, Ballytramon and the Rahine, County Wexford; a family possessed at a remote period of considerable estates and ranked amongst the most eminent of the gentry of the barony of Shelmalier. Among the gentry of the County of Wexford, summoned during the reign of Edward III A.D.1344 to attend the Lords Justices with horse and arms, appears John Fitz Michael Synath. The representative of the senior line, that of Ballytramon, Richard Synnott Esq, was deprived of his estate by Oliver Cromwell during the fifteenth century. (Arms of Synnott).

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