Lincoln

First Name
49k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lincoln

"Lincoln" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the Lake Settlement". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Long-wooled mutton sheep originally from Lincolnshire
  2. Capital of the state of Nebraska; located in southeastern Nebraska; site of the University of Nebraska
  3. 16th President of the United States; saved the Union during the American Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865)
Wiktionary

Old English Lindcoln, from Latin Lindum Colonia, from Brythonic Lindo, Lindon, probably from *linn ‘pool’, in reference to the Brayford.

  1. A city and the county town of Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.
  2. An English surname​.
  3. Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States during the Civil War.
  4. A male given name of American usage, originally in honor of Abraham Lincoln.
  5. The capital city of the state of Nebraska in the United States of America.
  6. A county in many US states.
  7. A brand of American automobile.
  8. An English breed of sheep.
  9. (US, slang) A five-dollar bill.
  10. (aviation) A high altitude, long-range bomber based on the Avro Lancaster.

Notable Persons Named Lincoln

Lincoln Chafee is a Mayor of Warwick and Mayor ofWarwick. Lincoln was born on March 26th, 1953.

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Stepin Fetchit was an actor. He was most prominent from 1925 to 1976. Stepin was given the name Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry on May 30th, 1902 in Key West, Florida, U.S. He breathed his last breath on November 19th, 1985.

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Lincoln Steffens was a muckraker. Lincoln was given the name Lincoln Joseph Steffens on April 6th, 1866 in San Francisco, California, US. He left this life on August 9th, 1936.

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High Contrast is a drum, bass, and liquid funk musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2000. High was given the name Lincoln Barrett on September 18th, 1979.

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Lincoln Child is a thriller (genre), techno-thriller, and adventure fiction novelist and editing. Lincoln was born in Westport, Connecticut.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was a President of the United States, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives, and Illinois House of Representatives. His military service ended in 3. Abraham was born on February 12th, 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky, U.S. He breathed his last breath on April 15th, 1865.

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Andrew Lincoln is an actor. He has been prominent since 1994. Andrew was given the name Andrew James Clutterbuck on September 14th, 1973 in London, England.

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Robert Todd Lincoln was an office holder. His military service ended in 1865. Robert was born on August 1st, 1843 in Springfield, Illinois. He left this life on July 26th, 1926.

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Mary Todd Lincoln was a First Lady of the United States. Mary was born on December 13th, 1818 in Lexington, Kentucky. She left this life on July 16th, 1882.

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Tad was given the name Thomas Lincoln III by his parents Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln on April 4th, 1853 in Springfield, Illinois, U.S. He died on July 15th, 1871.

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Nancy was given the name Nancy Hanks in Hampshire County, Virginia, U.S. She passed away on October 5th, 1818.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 10 0 10
1881 5 0 5
1882 13 0 13
1883 12 0 12
1885 11 0 11
1886 6 0 6
1887 8 0 8
1888 15 0 15
1889 14 0 14
1890 13 0 13
1891 15 0 15
1892 17 0 17
1893 11 0 11
1894 10 0 10
1895 26 0 26
1896 13 0 13
1897 14 0 14
1898 8 0 8
1899 14 0 14
1900 20 0 20
1901 10 0 10
1902 17 0 17
1903 11 0 11
1904 15 0 15
1905 19 0 19
1906 18 0 18
1907 13 0 13
1908 20 0 20
1909 33 0 33
1910 36 0 36
1911 34 0 34
1912 49 0 49
1913 63 0 63
1914 103 0 103
1915 118 0 118
1916 131 0 131
1917 127 0 127
1918 128 0 128
1919 117 0 117
1920 138 0 138
1921 120 0 120
1922 107 0 107
1923 133 0 133
1924 156 0 156
1925 142 0 142
1926 144 0 144
1927 131 0 131
1928 130 0 130
1929 101 0 101
1930 86 0 86
1931 110 0 110
1932 96 0 96
1933 91 0 91
1934 92 0 92
1935 76 0 76
1936 72 0 72
1937 75 0 75
1938 76 0 76
1939 78 0 78
1940 70 0 70
1941 88 0 88
1942 96 0 96
1943 92 0 92
1944 76 0 76
1945 89 0 89
1946 75 0 75
1947 94 0 94
1948 76 0 76
1949 90 0 90
1950 87 0 87
1951 76 0 76
1952 95 0 95
1953 88 0 88
1954 68 0 68
1955 85 0 85
1956 73 0 73
1957 96 0 96
1958 72 0 72
1959 79 0 79
1960 85 0 85
1961 119 0 119
1962 142 0 142
1963 193 0 193
1964 202 0 202
1965 128 0 128
1966 114 0 114
1967 99 0 99
1968 71 0 71
1969 105 0 105
1970 145 0 145
1971 182 0 182
1972 141 0 141
1973 103 0 103
1974 107 0 107
1975 148 0 148
1976 151 0 151
1977 148 0 148
1978 95 0 95
1979 98 0 98
1980 94 0 94
1981 119 0 119
1982 119 0 119
1983 112 0 112
1984 141 0 141
1985 121 5 116
1986 91 5 86
1987 123 0 123
1988 128 6 122
1989 122 0 122
1990 148 5 143
1991 160 7 153
1992 162 6 156
1993 190 12 178
1994 193 6 187
1995 200 9 191
1996 149 0 149
1997 163 7 156
1998 165 0 165
1999 214 0 214
2000 254 7 247
2001 316 7 309
2002 334 5 329
2003 416 6 410
2004 423 10 413
2005 511 10 501
2006 1,118 9 1,109
2007 1,668 13 1,655
2008 1,838 22 1,816
2009 2,032 21 2,011
2010 1,884 15 1,869
2011 2,182 24 2,158
2012 2,939 33 2,906
2013 4,093 61 4,032 #95 boy name
2014 4,940 127 4,813 #87 boy name
2015 6,140 158 5,982 #66 boy name
2016 7,239 163 7,076 #50 boy name

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Popularity of Lincoln as a first name

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Popularity of Lincoln as a last name

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Common last names for Lincoln

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Scott
  • Taylor
  • Walker
  • Lewis
  • Young
  • Robinson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lincoln U.S.
  White 74.90% 64.26%
  African American 14.71% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.35% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.85% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lincoln

People with the last name Lincoln are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Lincoln

  • How Popular is the name Lincoln? Lincoln is the 1,006th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Lincoln was the 50th most popular name. As a last name Lincoln was the 2,209th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lincoln have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 48,953 babies born with the first name Lincoln in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lincoln to occupy the territory of Faroe Islands (Denmark) with an estimated population of 48,285 (as of March 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lincoln? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Lincoln first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lincoln is Sunday, April 9th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Lincoln born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lincoln was in 2016 with a total of 7,076 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lincoln!
  • Random Lincoln Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lincoln ranks 41st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Washington. Imagine that, 166 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Lincoln: Your name in reverse order is Nlocnil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Olnlcni. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lincoln? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,477 people with the last name Lincoln.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lincoln? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Lincoln as their last name.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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