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Contributor Contrib.Greg Hofmeyr on 6/10/2012
As far as I know Lyndall was first used as a given name by the South African author, political activist and feminist, Olive Schreiner (1855-1920). Lyndall is the lead character in Schreiner's most famous novel, The story of an African farm. Lyndall is an intelligent, independent, stubborn and beautiful woman facing a patriarchal society. The name was the maiden name of Schreiner's mother, Rebecca Schreiner nee Lyndall.Allthough relatively uncommon in South African, Lyndall is a familiar girls name. While it is used elsewhere in the world, 15 of the first 20 Lyndall's that come up in an internet search of the name are South Africans. Bearers of the name include South African politician Lyndall Shope-Mafole, South African born British author and academic, Lyndall Gordon, South African model and TV presenter, Lyndall Jarvis and American painter, Lyndall Bass. I had always thought that the name was exclusively feminine but the same internet research revealed Lyndall Fownes Urwick (1891 - 1983). He was a pioneering business management thinker from the United Kingdom.