Link

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Link

"Link" is a name of English origin, and it means "A link". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Link
A torch made of tow and pitch, or the like.

Etymology: Prob. corrupted from lint and this for lunt a torch, match, D. lont match; akin to G. lunte, cf. MHG. lünden to burn. Cf. Lunt Linstock

noun Link
Senses
  1. A single ring or division of a chain.
  2. Hence: Anything, whether material or not, which binds together, or connects, separate things; a part of a connected series; a tie; a bond." Linksof iron."Shak."The link of brotherhood, by which One common Maker bound me to the kind." [Cowper.]"And so by double links enchained themselves in lover's life." [Gascoigne.]
  3. Anything doubled and closed like a link; as, a link of horsehair.
  4. [Kinematics] Any one of the several elementary pieces of a mechanism, as the fixed frame, or a rod, wheel, mass of confined liquid, etc., by which relative motion of other parts is produced and constrained.
  5. [Mach] Any intermediate rod or piece for transmitting force or motion, especially a short connecting rod with a bearing at each end; specifically [Steam Engine] , the slotted bar, or connecting piece, to the opposite ends of which the eccentric rods are jointed, and by means of which the movement of the valve is varied, in a link motion.
  6. [Surveying] The length of one joint of Gunter's chain, being the hundredth part of it, or 7.92 inches, the chain being 66 feet in length. Cf. Chain (n.), 4.
  7. [Chem] A bond of affinity, or a unit of valence between atoms; -- applied to a unit of chemical force or attraction.
  8. pl.Sausages; -- because linked together.(Colloq)

Etymology: OE. linke, AS. hlence; akin to Sw. länk ring of a chain, Dan. lænke chain, Icel. hlekkr; cf. G. gelenk joint, link, ring of a chain, lenken to bend

noun Link
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  1. A hill or ridge, as a sand hill, or a wooded or turfy bank between cultivated fields, etc.(Scot. & Prov. Eng)
  2. A winding of a river; also, the ground along such a winding; a meander; -- usually in pl. (Scot)"The windings or “ links” of the Forth above and below Stirling are extremely tortuous." [Encyc. Brit.]
  3. pl.Sand hills with the surrounding level or undulating land, such as occur along the seashore, a river bank, etc.(Scot)"Golf may be played on any park or common, but its original home is the “ links” or common land which is found by the seashore, where the short close tuft, the sandy subsoil, and the many natural obstacles in the shape of bents, whins, sand holes, and banks, supply the conditions which are essential to the proper pursuit of the game." [Encyc. of Sport.]
  4. pl.Hence, any such piece of ground where golf is played; a golf course.

Etymology: See Linch

verb Link
To connect or unite with a link or as with a link; to join; to attach; to unite; to couple.
verb Link
To be connected.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A fastener that serves to join or connect ("the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction")
  2. An interconnecting circuit between two or more locations for the purpose of transmitting and receiving data
  3. A two-way radio communication system (usually microwave); part of a more extensive telecommunication network
  4. A channel for communication between groups
  5. (computing) an instruction that connects one part of a program or an element on a list to another program or list
  6. A unit of length equal to 1/100 of a chain
  7. The means of connection between things linked in series
  8. A connecting shape
  9. The state of being connected
  10. Make a logical or causal connection
  11. Connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces ("Link arms")
  12. Link with or as with a yoke
  13. Be or become joined or united or linked ("The travelers linked up again at the airport")
Wiktionary
  1. (rare) A diminutive of the male given name Lincoln

Link was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Link

Link Wray was a rock, roll, rockabilly, and country music musician. He plays Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, Steel guitar, Gibson Les Paul, and Gibson SG. His career lasted from 1956 to 2005. Link was given the name Fred Lincoln Wray, Jr. on May 2nd, 1929 in Dunn, North Carolina, U.S. He breathed his last breath on November 5th, 2005.

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Link Gaetz is an ice hockey player. He was most prominent from 1988 to 2007. Link was born on October 2nd, 1968 in Vancouver.

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Link was born in Dallas. Link is also known as Browder and Lincoln.

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Link Byfield was an office holder. Link was given the name Eric Linkord Byfield on December 5th, 1951 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He left this life on January 24th, 2015.

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Link was born on January 26th, 1972 in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Link Abrams is a basketball player for the Taranaki Mountainairs. He was most prominent from 2002 to 2013. Link was born on July 11th, 1973 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Link

Rhett and Link is a youtube, television, film, stage (theatre), podcast, and stage. Their most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. Rhett was born on October 11th, 1977 in Buies Creek, North Carolina.

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Cuban Link is a hip hop music, gangsta rap, latin hip hop, and reggaeton musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1993. Cuban was given the name Felix Delgado on December 18th, 1974 in Havana. Cuban is also known as Cuban Link, Link, and Lyrical Assassin.

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The Missing Link was a wrestler. The was born on February 28th, 1939 in Hamilton, Ontario. He passed away on August 16th, 2007.

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Kelly Link is a fantasy literature and horror fiction writer. Kelly was born in Miami.

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William Link is a writer and producer. William was born on December 15th, 1933 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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Charlotte Link is a writer. Charlotte was born Charlotte Link on October 5th, 1963 in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, West Germany.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1893 6 0 6
1909 5 0 5
1911 6 0 6
1912 7 0 7
1913 5 0 5
1914 8 0 8
1915 7 0 7
1916 7 0 7
1917 8 0 8
1919 7 0 7
1920 6 0 6
1921 7 0 7
1924 8 0 8
1925 7 0 7
1926 5 0 5
1927 9 0 9
1928 7 0 7
1930 6 0 6
1931 6 0 6
1937 6 0 6
1941 5 0 5
1942 5 0 5
1945 7 0 7
1946 8 0 8
1949 15 0 15
1950 5 0 5
1952 11 0 11
1953 7 0 7
1954 9 0 9
1955 5 0 5
1957 11 0 11
1958 9 0 9
1959 11 0 11
1960 6 0 6
1961 16 0 16
1962 13 0 13
1963 29 0 29
1964 38 0 38
1965 11 0 11
1966 18 0 18
1967 7 0 7
1968 5 0 5
1969 10 0 10
1970 24 0 24
1971 20 0 20
1972 17 0 17
1973 13 0 13
1974 12 0 12
1975 15 0 15
1976 9 0 9
1977 11 0 11
1978 11 0 11
1979 6 0 6
1980 5 0 5
1981 8 0 8
1982 5 0 5
1986 7 0 7
1988 5 0 5
1989 5 0 5
1991 5 0 5
1992 6 0 6
1993 5 0 5
1994 7 0 7
1997 5 0 5
1998 5 0 5
2001 6 0 6
2002 8 0 8
2003 13 0 13
2004 15 0 15
2005 7 0 7
2006 21 0 21
2007 28 0 28
2008 31 0 31
2009 28 0 28
2010 31 0 31
2011 36 0 36
2012 52 0 52
2013 72 0 72
2014 95 0 95
2015 134 0 134
2016 145 0 145
2017 135 0 135

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Popularity of Link as a first name

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Popularity of Link as a last name

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Common last names for Link

  • Williams
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Link U.S.
  White 91.24% 64.26%
  African American 4.35% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.81% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.36% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.82% 16.26%

Of Last Name Link

People with the last name Link are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Link

  • How Popular is the name Link? Link is the 8,290th most popular name of all time. As a last name Link was the 1,627th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Link have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,457 babies born with the first name Link in the United States. That's more than enough people named Link to occupy the territory of Tokelau (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,411 (as of October 18, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Link? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1893 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Link first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Link is Wednesday, January 24th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Link born? The highest recorded use of the first name Link was in 2016 with a total of 145 babies.
  • Random Link Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Link is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Link: Your name in reverse order is Knil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nkli. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Link? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 22,137 people with the last name Link.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Link? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Link 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).
  • 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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