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Lynn

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 35 5 30
1881 21 0 21
1882 27 0 27
1883 33 0 33
1884 27 0 27
1885 30 5 25
1886 30 5 25
1887 23 0 23
1888 17 0 17
1889 44 0 44
1890 27 0 27
1891 39 5 34
1892 39 0 39
1893 46 11 35
1894 28 0 28
1895 46 0 46
1896 43 6 37
1897 34 7 27
1898 52 8 44
1899 40 9 31
1900 49 8 41
1901 33 6 27
1902 48 9 39
1903 43 9 34
1904 51 11 40
1905 42 14 28
1906 54 14 40
1907 62 14 48
1908 68 18 50
1909 85 18 67
1910 86 23 63
1911 91 25 66
1912 184 28 156
1913 224 32 192
1914 277 45 232
1915 349 44 305
1916 376 56 320
1917 403 58 345
1918 431 69 362
1919 410 64 346
1920 474 62 412
1921 426 60 366
1922 458 76 382
1923 462 71 391
1924 490 80 410
1925 535 100 435
1926 461 92 369
1927 574 128 446
1928 584 115 469
1929 527 112 415
1930 615 158 457
1931 603 177 426
1932 739 244 495
1933 818 289 529
1934 869 305 564
1935 894 339 555
1936 997 384 613
1937 1,201 498 703
1938 1,533 723 810
1939 1,758 872 886
1940 2,001 955 1,046
1941 2,608 1,259 1,349
1942 3,144 1,749 1,395
1943 3,507 2,066 1,441
1944 3,549 2,260 1,289
1945 3,947 2,730 1,217
1946 5,413 3,884 1,529 #94 girl name
1947 6,773 4,994 1,779 #75 girl name
1948 6,181 4,609 1,572 #80 girl name
1949 6,460 4,880 1,580 #74 girl name
1950 6,647 5,021 1,626 #76 girl name
1951 7,292 5,624 1,668 #72 girl name
1952 7,405 5,814 1,591 #71 girl name
1953 7,543 5,994 1,549 #67 girl name
1954 8,198 6,780 1,418 #63 girl name
1955 8,685 7,351 1,334 #62 girl name
1956 8,988 7,738 1,250 #58 girl name
1957 8,704 7,434 1,270 #61 girl name
1958 8,271 7,220 1,051 #60 girl name
1959 8,068 7,059 1,009 #63 girl name
1960 7,812 6,852 960 #64 girl name
1961 7,334 6,444 890 #71 girl name
1962 7,050 6,218 832 #71 girl name
1963 6,542 5,826 716 #73 girl name
1964 6,325 5,679 646 #72 girl name
1965 5,183 4,668 515 #80 girl name
1966 4,790 4,306 484 #81 girl name
1967 4,636 4,197 439 #81 girl name
1968 4,558 4,102 456 #85 girl name
1969 4,078 3,647 431
1970 3,644 3,263 381
1971 3,013 2,673 340
1972 2,544 2,251 293
1973 2,203 1,935 268
1974 1,871 1,646 225
1975 1,616 1,423 193
1976 1,330 1,148 182
1977 1,249 1,100 149
1978 1,260 1,108 152
1979 1,213 1,070 143
1980 1,184 1,015 169
1981 1,123 952 171
1982 957 834 123
1983 891 789 102
1984 809 706 103
1985 713 603 110
1986 604 515 89
1987 559 475 84
1988 552 469 83
1989 506 420 86
1990 475 398 77
1991 403 337 66
1992 344 286 58
1993 321 264 57
1994 312 260 52
1995 256 211 45
1996 240 209 31
1997 217 181 36
1998 202 168 34
1999 204 164 40
2000 217 168 49
2001 180 153 27
2002 175 138 37
2003 171 142 29
2004 148 126 22
2005 172 150 22
2006 136 119 17
2007 155 137 18
2008 128 107 21
2009 112 93 19
2010 130 111 19
2011 139 109 30
2012 118 91 27
2013 111 91 20
2014 103 87 16
2015 98 82 16

Fun Facts about the name Lynn

  • How many people with the first name Lynn have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 233,865 babies born with the first name Lynn in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lynn to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lynn? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 35 new born babies.
  • When was Lynn first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lynn is Saturday, January 18th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Lynn born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lynn was in 1956 with a total of 7,738 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lynn!
  • Random Lynn Factoid: According to the 1942 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lynn ranks 91st in popularity as a baby girl's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 24 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1942.
  • Weird things about the name Lynn: Your name in reverse order is Nnyl. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nyln. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lynn? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 37,644 people with the last name Lynn.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lynn? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 13 of them will have Lynn as their last name.

Where is the name Lynn popular?

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Popularity of Lynn as a first name

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Popularity of Lynn as a last name

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Common last names for Lynn

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Walker
  • Lewis
  • Baker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lynn U.S.
  White 84.61% 64.26%
  African American 8.99% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.71% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.77% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lynn

People with the last name Lynn are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Lynn" mean? The list below shows the origins of Lynn as well as things modernly associated with the name Lynn such as celebrities named Lynn.

Celtic / Gaelic

Origin and Meaning of Lynn

The name "Lynn" is of Celtic/Gaelic origin, and it means "From the lake". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Wiktionary

From place names in Norfolk and Scotland, Scottish Gaelic linne (“stream, pool”) or from corresponding Old English/Celtic words.

  • The female name is used as a fanciful spelling variant of Lyn, shortened from the common -lyn/-line ending of women's names, as in Carolyn, Evelyn, Gwendolyn.
  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. Any of several place names (outside Britain named for persons with the surname).
    1. A town in Alabama.
    2. A town in Arkansas.
    3. A town in Indiana.
    4. A city in Massachusetts.
    5. A town in Norfolk, England, officially King's Lynn.
    6. An unincorporated community in West Virginia.
    7. A town in Wisconsin.
    8. A community in Nova Scotia.
  3. A male given name usually appearing as a middle name.
  4. A female given name, popular as a middle name.

Notable Persons With the Name Lynn

Lynn Collins

Lynn Collins is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1999. Lynn was given the name Viola Lynn Collins on May 16th, 1977 in Houston, Texas, U.S. Lynn is also known as Collins and Viola Lynn.

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Lynn Redgrave

Lynn Redgrave was an actress. She was most active from 1962 to 2009. Lynn was born as the child of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson on March 8th, 1943 in Marylebone, London, England. She breathed her last breath on May 2nd, 2010.

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Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1981. Lynn was given the name Lynn Butler-Smith on May 6th, 1953 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.

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Lynn Margulis

Lynn Margulis was a scientist in the field of biology. Lynn was given the name Lynn Petra Alexander on March 5th, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. She left this life on November 22nd, 2011.

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Lynn Compton

Lynn Compton is a los angeles county district attorney. His military service ended in 1945.

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Lynn Swann

Lynn Swann is a football player. Lynn was born on March 7th, 1952 in Alcoa, Tennessee.

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  • Lynn Anderson
    (singer)
  • Lynn Hung
    (important human)
  • Lynn Tilton
    (collateralized loan obligation manager)
  • Lynn-Holly Johnson
    (figure skater)
  • Lynn Wyatt
    (famed somebody)
  • Lynn Hamilton
    (actress)
  • Lynn Conway
    (scientist)
  • Lynn Westmoreland
    (Deputy Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee)
  • Lynn Jenkins
    (Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference)
  • Lynn Shelton
    (film director)
  • Lynn Borden
    (actress)
  • Lynn Fontanne
    (actress)
  • Twinkle
    (musician)
  • Lynn Franks Johnston
    (comics creator)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Lynn

Common

Common is a hip hop music musician. He holds the title Go!" excerpt. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Common was given the name Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr. on March 13th, 1972. Common is also known as Common.

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Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn is a country music, honky-tonk, and gospel music singer-songwriter, author, commercial spokesperson, and actress. She plays Guitar and Vocals. She has been prominent since 1960. Loretta was given the name Loretta Webb on April 14th, 1932 in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, United States. Loretta is also known as The Coal Miner's Daughter, The First Lady of Country Music, The Decca Doll, and The Queen of Country Music.

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Dame Vera Lynn

Dame Vera Lynn is a traditional pop music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1935 to present. Dame was given the name Vera Margaret Welch on March 20th, 1917 in East Ham, Essex, England. Dame is also known as Welch and Vera Margaret.

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Betty Lynn

Betty Lynn is an actress and actor. She was most prominent from 1940 to present. Betty was given the name Elizabeth Ann Theresa Lynn on August 29th, 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri. Betty is also known as Betty Ann Lynn.

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Anthony Lynn

Anthony Lynn is a football player. Anthony was born on December 21st, 1968 in McKinney, Texas.

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Lera Lynn

Lera Lynn is an americana (music) musician. Lera was born on December 5th, 1984 in Houston, Texas, United States.

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What does the name Lynn mean?

Lis for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

Yis for yes, always open to new possibilities

Nis for notable, distinguished are your feats

Nis for name, a pleasant one indeed.

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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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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