Lindsay

First Name
134k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lindsay

"Lindsay" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the lake settlement island". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States poet who traveled the country trading his poems for room and board (1879-1931)
  2. United States playwright who collaborated with Russel Crouse on several musicals (1889-1931)
Wiktionary
  1. A Scottish habitational surname​ from Lindsey in Lincolnshire, from Old English "Lincoln's wetland"
  2. An Irish surname, a variant of Lindsey.
  3. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  4. A female given name used since the 1940s.

Notable Persons Named Lindsay

Lindsay Lohan is an actress, singer, songwriter, model, director, and producer. She was most active from 1989 to present. Lindsay was given the name Lindsay Dee Lohan by her parents Michael Lohan and Dina Lohan on July 2nd, 1986 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Lindsay Duncan is an actress. She was most active from 1975 to present. Lindsay was given the name Lindsay Vere Duncan on November 7th, 1950 in Edinburgh.

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Lindsay Wagner is an actress, author, singer, adjunct professor, model (people), and model. Her ongoing career started in 1971. Lindsay was given the name Lindsay Jean Wagner on June 22nd, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Lindsay Sloane is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1990. Lindsay was given the name Lindsay Sloane Leikin on August 8th, 1977 in Long Island, New York, U.S.

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Lindsay Hartley is an actor, singing, actress, and singer. Lindsay was given the name Lindsay Nicole Korman on April 17th, 1978 in Palm Springs, California.

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Lindsay Davenport is a tennis player. She was most prominent from 1993 to present. Lindsay was born on June 8th, 1976 in Palos Verdes Peninsula.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lindsay

Robert Lindsay is an actor. He has been prominent since 1973. Robert was given the name Robert Lindsay Stevenson on December 13th, 1949 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England.

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John Lindsay was a politician. His career lasted from 1966 to 1973. His military service ended in 1946. John was given the name John Vliet Lindsay on November 24th, 1921 in New York City, New York, U.S. He died on December 19th, 2000.

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Mark Lindsay is a musician. He plays Saxophone, Guitar, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1958 to present. Mark was born on March 9th, 1942 in Eugene, Oregon, U.S.

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Sam A. Lindsay is a Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Sam was born in 1951 in San Antonio.

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Germaine was given the name Germaine Maurice Lindsay on September 23rd, 1985 in Jamaica. Germaine is also known as Abdullah Shaheed Jamal. He breathed his last breath on July 7th, 2005.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 7 0 7
1881 8 0 8
1882 9 0 9
1884 9 0 9
1885 6 0 6
1886 5 0 5
1888 8 0 8
1889 10 0 10
1890 13 0 13
1891 6 0 6
1892 5 0 5
1893 21 0 21
1894 5 0 5
1895 11 0 11
1897 7 0 7
1898 5 0 5
1899 10 0 10
1900 15 0 15
1901 5 0 5
1902 9 0 9
1903 10 0 10
1904 13 0 13
1905 9 0 9
1907 9 0 9
1908 8 0 8
1909 11 0 11
1910 12 0 12
1911 9 0 9
1912 17 0 17
1913 27 0 27
1914 38 0 38
1915 40 0 40
1916 48 6 42
1917 45 0 45
1918 38 0 38
1919 36 0 36
1920 58 0 58
1921 46 5 41
1922 38 0 38
1923 45 0 45
1924 52 0 52
1925 50 0 50
1926 43 7 36
1927 40 0 40
1928 60 7 53
1929 44 0 44
1930 40 0 40
1931 36 0 36
1932 41 0 41
1933 33 0 33
1934 42 0 42
1935 35 0 35
1936 59 15 44
1937 50 8 42
1938 52 6 46
1939 43 5 38
1940 49 10 39
1941 46 9 37
1942 50 12 38
1943 66 15 51
1944 59 22 37
1945 68 18 50
1946 87 31 56
1947 120 59 61
1948 133 68 65
1949 147 83 64
1950 214 116 98
1951 218 112 106
1952 224 125 99
1953 224 95 129
1954 172 77 95
1955 213 92 121
1956 179 83 96
1957 194 98 96
1958 169 80 89
1959 186 70 116
1960 206 54 152
1961 183 58 125
1962 178 61 117
1963 161 69 92
1964 120 53 67
1965 124 50 74
1966 118 62 56
1967 88 47 41
1968 117 70 47
1969 106 61 45
1970 124 83 41
1971 115 77 38
1972 97 62 35
1973 137 115 22
1974 249 213 36
1975 538 516 22
1976 2,121 2,071 50
1977 2,699 2,636 63
1978 3,169 3,122 47 #95 girl name
1979 3,522 3,468 54 #88 girl name
1980 4,406 4,354 52 #71 girl name
1981 5,903 5,845 58 #47 girl name
1982 8,338 8,254 84 #39 girl name
1983 8,712 8,620 92 #36 girl name
1984 8,580 8,507 73 #36 girl name
1985 7,959 7,873 86 #40 girl name
1986 7,011 6,950 61 #46 girl name
1987 6,589 6,532 57 #49 girl name
1988 6,072 6,025 47 #57 girl name
1989 5,574 5,525 49 #63 girl name
1990 5,078 5,038 40 #69 girl name
1991 4,516 4,485 31 #77 girl name
1992 4,285 4,258 27 #81 girl name
1993 3,686 3,664 22 #88 girl name
1994 3,115 3,100 15
1995 2,584 2,562 22
1996 2,418 2,397 21
1997 2,094 2,086 8
1998 1,947 1,938 9
1999 1,865 1,848 17
2000 1,812 1,800 12
2001 1,511 1,502 9
2002 1,241 1,241 0
2003 1,235 1,229 6
2004 1,363 1,354 9
2005 1,410 1,398 12
2006 1,256 1,248 8
2007 1,076 1,066 10
2008 847 847 0
2009 580 575 5
2010 491 491 0
2011 439 433 6
2012 396 396 0
2013 412 412 0
2014 441 433 8
2015 337 328 9
2016 257 257 0

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Popularity of Lindsay as a first name

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Popularity of Lindsay as a last name

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Common last names for Lindsay

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Moore
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Baker
  • Robinson
  • Thompson
  • Thomas

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lindsay U.S.
  White 72.49% 64.26%
  African American 22.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.53% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.01% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lindsay

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

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Fun Facts about the name Lindsay

  • How Popular is the name Lindsay? Lindsay is the 521st most popular name of all time. As a last name Lindsay was the 1,052nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lindsay have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 134,277 babies born with the first name Lindsay in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lindsay to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lindsay? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Lindsay first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lindsay is Thursday, May 25th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Lindsay born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lindsay was in 1983 with a total of 8,620 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lindsay!
  • Random Lindsay Factoid: According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lindsay ranks 77th in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 53 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 1981.
  • Weird things about the name Lindsay: Your name in reverse order is Yasdnil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Synlida. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lindsay? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 33,255 people with the last name Lindsay.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lindsay? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Lindsay as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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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