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What does Lin mean?

Lin Pronunciation of Lin [lin] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Lin) is pronounced lin. It is of Chinese and English origin. Family name in Chinese. In English, short form for names like Linden and Linette.

Related girl names: Linda and Lynn.


3 relations via Linden, Linette: Lindon, Linet and Linnet.

Creative forms:
(female) Lein, Loin, ..

(male) Lie, Lim, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lin Emily (L.E.), ..

How popular is Lin?

Lin is a very prominent first name for females (#1923 out of 4276, Top 45%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#624 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with similar and related girl names. Linda (#670 the previous year), Lynn and Linette are the popular alternative forms of Lin (unlisted). These relations of Lin reached the apex of their popularity in the 1940s (usage of 5.3%) and are now significantly less widespread. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Linda, Linette, Lynn in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Linda outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lin is pronounced similarly to Laine, Lane, Layne, Lean, Leann, Lene, Leoine, Leone, Liahne, Liane, Liann, Lianne, Linn, Luane, Luann, Lyn and Lynne. Other recommended names are Jin, Lia, Lib, Lil, Lina, Lind, Lis, Liv, Liz, Min, Win and Zin. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lin.

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