The Lynd Township was named to honor trader James W. Lynd who opened a fur trading post within the township from 1855 to 1857 before moving down the Redwood River and being killed in the Indian Massacre at the Lower Sioux Agency.

First settled in 1867, Lynd Township was organized on September 4, 1872, officers were not selected until a year later. The railway village within its borders is also named after James W. Lynd. Lynd was platted on November 6, 1888.