Lincoln Surname Genealogy

The surname Lincoln derives from the town of Lincoln in Lincolnshire in
the east of England. Lincoln was an important center in the area
during Roman times and during the Middle Ages. The name Lincoln
defined someone from Lincoln (who may in fact be
resident somewhere else).

Lincoln Resources on

Lincoln Ancestry

are persons from Lincoln, not necessarily of Lincoln.
London recorded the following Lincoln
immigrants from Lincolnshire in its subsidy rolls of the 13th century:

  • John
    de Lincolne, draper (1266)
  • John
    de Lyncolne, cordwainer (1292)
  • and
    Hugh de Lyncolne, skinner (1309).

Lincoln was a peddler who helped instigate the riots against foreign
tradesmen in London in 1517. He was executed for his pains.
A later John Lincoln was a well-known organ-maker in London in the
early 19th century.

By the time of the 1881 census, London recorded some Lincolns, but
Lincolnshire very few. They were in fact outnumbered by those in
Norfolk to the south of
Lincolnshire, followed by those in Yorkshire to the north.

The Lincoln name had appeared in
Norfolk in the 13th century. William de
Lyncolne was bailiff of Norwich in 1256.
A Thomas Lyncolne was recorded as farming in the Norfolk village of Tasburgh
in 1413 and these Lincolns stayed
in the village for the next four hundred years.

Swanton Morley in Norfolk was home in the 16th
century to Richard Lincoln, a wealthy churchwarden who built the
mansion which is now The Angel pub.
Lincoln disinherited his son Edward
from his will in favor of his fourth wife, thereby throwing the Lincoln
into penury and forcing his young grandsons Thomas and Samuel, then
living in Hingham, to
emigrate to America.

America. The
new colony of Hingham,
had amongst its Norfolk settlers six Lincolns who
were the progenitors of almost all the Lincolns in America. They
included Thomas Lincoln
the weaver
who was granted land in 1636 and his younger son Samuel, Abraham
ancestor in America, who received land there a year later.
Samuel and his wife Martha had eight children
who survived, three of whom lived onto their eighties.

Thomas Lincoln’s line led to Benjamin
, an American general during the
Revolutionary War. It is a point that
in the South have tended to be named after General Benjamin Lincoln
rather than
after the President Abraham Lincoln.

line from Samuel Lincoln

led to:

  • Levi
    Lincoln and his son Levi,
    both Governors of Massachusetts
  • and
    Lincoln, brother of the younger Levi and Governor of Maine in 1827

line to Abraham
went from Massachusetts to New Jersey and then
to Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois and to the log cabin there
Abraham grew up, the son of Thomas Lincoln and Nancy nee Hanks. That was the lineage covered
William E. Barton’s 1929
book The Lineage of Lincoln. At
the time some disputed this lineage, maintaining
that Nancy Hanks was indeed his mother but that his father was an
Abraham Enloe
instead. Barton dismissed this as idle
talk and not supported by the facts.

Todd Lincoln had four children, but only their eldest son, Robert
Lincoln, would survive
to adulthood.

Lincoln Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Lincoln Names

John Lincoln from
Grimsby was the King’s Secretary during the reign of Richard II in the
late 14th century.
Benjamin Lincoln
was one
of Washington’s generals during the Revolutionary War.
Abraham Lincoln was America’s
16th President and one of its most famous. He was the man who led
the country through the trials and tribulations of the Civil War.

Select Lincolns Today

  • 5,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Norfolk)
  • 6,000 in America (most numerous in California)
  • 3,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)





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