Recorded as Lintall, Lintell, Lintill, Lintoll, Linthall, Lynthal, and others, this is an English surname. The spelling of the surname in tis various ways indicates that it is clearly locational from a place possibly called 'Lyng-halh' or similar, and probably meaning the place (halh) where flax or lyng was grown. However no such place in any similar spelling has been found in the gazetters of the British Isles for the past three centuries. This suggests that the name originates from a now 'lost' medieval village of whch there are known to be many examples, which remain to be discovered. Locational surnames are usually 'from' names. That is to say names given to people after they left their original village for whatever reason to move somewhere else. Spelling over the centuries being at best medicre, and local accents very thick oftwen lead as with this name, to the development of a number of separate spellings. This surname is well recorded in the early surviving church registers of the city of London from the Stuart period. Examples include Emanuel Lintell at St Mary Abchurch, on July 25th 1644, and George Lintill, who married Sarah Branch at St Anne's Soho, Westminster, on Christmas Day 1788.
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