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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Lin
To yield; to stop; to cease.

Etymology: AS. linnan. See Lithe

verb Lin
To cease from.
noun Lin
Senses
  1. A pool or collection of water, particularly one above or below a fall of water.
  2. A waterfall, or cataract; as, a roaring lin .
  3. A steep ravine.

Note: ☞ Written also linn and lyn.

Etymology: Ir. linn, or Gael. linne; akin to W. llyn a pool, pond, lake, but in senses 2 and 3 prob. from AS. hlynn torrent. Cf. Dunlin

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States sculptor and architect whose public works include the memorial to veterans of the Vietnam War in Washington (born in 1959)
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ of Chinese origin (see: 林)
  2. A male or female given name

Notable Persons Named Lin

Lin Shaye is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1971. Lin was given the name Linda Shaye on October 12th, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan, United States.

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Lin Dan is a badminton player. Lin was given the name 林丹 .

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Lin Yun is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2015 to present. Lin was given the name Fei Xia on April 16th, 1996 in Huzhou, Zhejiang, China.

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His ongoing career started in 2009. Lin was born on February 13th, 1988 in Shenyang.

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Lin was born on November 29th, 1974 in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Lin Biao was a First-ranking Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, First-rankingVice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Minister of National Defense, and Ministry of National Defense of the People's Repub. His military service ended in 1971. Lin was born on December 5th, 1907 in Huanggang. He left this life on September 13th, 1971.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lin

Jeremy Lin is a basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets, →Reno Bighorns, Dongguan Leopards, →Erie BayHawks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2010. Jeremy was born on August 23rd, 1988 in Torrance, California.

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Justin Lin is an artist.

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Ludi Lin is an actor.

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Ruby Lin is a mandopop and cantopop actress, singer, producer, and artistic director. Her ongoing career started in 1995.

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JJ Lin is a mandopop actor. He was most active from 2003 to present. JJ is also known as Wayne Lin.

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Maya Lin is an artist in the fields of art, architecture, memorials, and memorial. Maya was born on October 5th, 1959 in Athens, Ohio, U.S.

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How popular is the baby name Lin in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1898 5 0 5
1913 5 0 5
1916 7 0 7
1917 11 5 6
1918 5 0 5
1919 9 0 9
1921 5 0 5
1922 7 0 7
1923 12 0 12
1924 7 0 7
1925 11 0 11
1926 8 0 8
1927 9 0 9
1928 9 0 9
1929 7 0 7
1930 15 5 10
1931 5 0 5
1932 11 0 11
1933 8 0 8
1934 6 0 6
1935 6 0 6
1936 8 0 8
1937 12 7 5
1938 5 5 0
1939 13 6 7
1940 20 10 10
1941 21 12 9
1942 26 9 17
1943 27 8 19
1944 27 12 15
1945 23 7 16
1946 27 13 14
1947 38 19 19
1948 42 23 19
1949 35 20 15
1950 37 20 17
1951 43 23 20
1952 53 35 18
1953 54 27 27
1954 46 29 17
1955 51 31 20
1956 43 19 24
1957 50 34 16
1958 39 21 18
1959 59 31 28
1960 51 35 16
1961 36 15 21
1962 40 22 18
1963 36 21 15
1964 27 15 12
1965 20 11 9
1966 29 14 15
1967 24 12 12
1968 24 11 13
1969 21 10 11
1970 12 6 6
1971 15 9 6
1972 6 6 0
1973 13 6 7
1974 12 5 7
1975 13 6 7
1976 7 7 0
1977 6 0 6
1980 20 15 5
1981 12 7 5
1982 10 10 0
1983 10 10 0
1984 6 6 0
1985 16 11 5
1986 15 9 6
1987 6 0 6
1988 12 7 5
1989 11 6 5
1990 13 6 7
1991 5 5 0
1992 8 8 0
1993 11 11 0
1994 7 7 0
1995 10 10 0
1996 6 6 0
1997 7 7 0
1998 6 6 0
1999 10 10 0
2000 10 10 0
2001 18 12 6
2002 7 7 0
2003 17 17 0
2004 22 16 6
2005 16 16 0
2006 15 9 6
2007 11 11 0
2008 13 5 8
2009 16 10 6
2010 17 8 9
2011 13 5 8
2012 15 10 5
2013 14 7 7
2014 17 12 5
2015 12 6 6
2016 14 9 5
2017 5 5 0

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Popularity of Lin as a last name

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Common last names for Lin

  • Wong
  • Lee
  • Chin
  • Chen
  • Chan
  • Huang
  • Woo
  • Cheung
  • Chow

Common first names for Lin

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lin U.S.
  White 1.70% 64.26%
  African American 0.18% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 95.85% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.02% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.77% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lin

People with the last name Lin are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Lin

  • How Popular is the name Lin? Lin is the 7,212th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lin was the 402nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,812 babies born with the first name Lin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lin to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1898 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lin is Wednesday, May 8th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Lin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lin was in 1952 with a total of 35 babies.
  • Random Lin Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lin is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Lin: Your name in reverse order is Nil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Inl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 79,508 people with the last name Lin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lin? Lin was ranked as the 402nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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