Meaning and Name Origin
Linda \l(i)-nda, lin-da\ as a girls' name is pronounced LIN-dah. It is of Spanish origin, and the meaning of Linda is "pretty". Originally derived from "linde", a German name element referring to the lime tree. The name also existed as a part of other English names such as Belinda and Melinda. Actresses Linda Evans, Linda Hunt; singer Linda Ronstadt; journalist Linda Ellerbee; fashion designer Lindka Cierach.
Linda▼ has 23 more different forms via Belinda, Melinda: Bel, Belenda, Belindra, Belle▼, Bellinda, Bellynda, Belynda, Bindy, Linnie▼, Maillie, Malina, Malinda▼, Malinde, Mallie▼, Mally, Malynda, Mandy▼, Melina▲, Melinde, Meline, Mellinda, Melynda and Velinda.
Linda is a very prominent first name for women (#3 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#24475 out of 88799, Top 28%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Linda for girls. Linda reached its top position of #2 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is presently at #615. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Linda and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Linda (#615 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Belinda, Belle, Lindy, Linn, Linnie, Lyn, Lynda, Lynn, Lynne, Malinda, Mallie, Mandy, Melina (#598 last year) and Melinda. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1950-1959 and are now much less widespread, with versions such as Belinda, Linda, Malinda, Mallie and Mandy becoming somewhat dated. Melina (#598) is the most contemporarily stylish birth name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Linda▼ is pronounced similarly to Leanda, Lenda, Leonda, Luanda, Lundy and Lyndi. Other suggested similar baby names are Cinda▼, Hinda, Lida▼, Lina▼, Lind, Linea, Linet, Linna and Minda. These names tend to be less commonly used than Linda.