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Linney Family HistoryThis interesting surname of English, and sometimes Irish origins, is recorded in a wide range of spellings including Laney, Lanny, Lanney, Leaney, Lenny, Linny, Linney, Lonnie, Lynney, Lynny, and possibly others. It is considered to be of Old English and possibly Gaelic pre 7th Century origins, and to derive from the ancient male given name "Lindgifu", or the female given name "Lindgeofu", both translating as "shield -gift". This was a typical name of the period, and greatly prized at the time. The personal name is first recorded as Linniue in the 1185 Knight Templars (Crusader) rolls of England .
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