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What does Linda mean?

Linda Pronunciation of Linda [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.

Associated with: pretty (beautiful), tree.


Linda has 18 variants: Lin, Lindalee, Lindee, Lindey, Lindi, Lindie, Lindira, Lindka, Lindy, Linn, Lyn, Lynda, Lynde, Lyndy, Lynn, Lynnda, Lynndie and Lynne.

Affiliated girl names: Adelinde, Alinda, Arlinda, Barinda, Calandra and Derinda.

5 more different relations via Belinda, Melinda: Bindy, Linnie, Malinda, Mandy and Velinda.

Creative forms:
(female) Liada, Linta, ..

(male) Linky, Linlo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Linda Gentry (L.G.), ..

How popular is Linda?

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 (#26078 out of 150436, Top 17%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Linda reached its top position of #2 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is presently at #670. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Linda name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Linda (#670 last year) are Arlinda, Belinda (#1263 last year), Calandra, Lindy, Linn, Linnie, Lyn, Lynda, Lynn, Lynnda, Lynne, Malinda, Mandy, Melinda (#1381) and Velinda. These relations of Linda were popular with parents during 1940-1949 (median #989) and are now much less widespread, with versions such as Linnie becoming less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Linda, Arlinda, Belinda, Calandra, Lindy in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Linn, Linnie, Lyn, Lynda, Lynn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lynnda, Lynne, Malinda, Mandy, Melinda, Velinda in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Linda is pronounced similarly to Lawanda, Leanda, Lenda, Leonda, Luanda, Lundie, Lundy, Lyndee and Lyndi. Other suggested similar names are Anda, Cinda, Cynda, Gilda, Glinda, Hinda, Hynda, Jenda, Kenda, Laina, Lana, Landra, Lanna, Lauda, Leda, Leina, Lena, Lenna, Leoda, Leyda, Lia, Liba, Lida, Lidah, Lidia, Liesa, Ligia, Lilla, Lina, Lind, Linden, Lindon, Lindsea, Linea, Linet, Linna, Linnae, Linnea, Linzi, Linzy, Liora, Lisha, Lisia, Lissa, Lita, Livia, Livya, Liya, Lonna, Loyda, Lyda, Lynea, Minda, Nanda, Niada, Nilda, Olinda, Orinda, Randa, Rida, Ronda, Sanda, Vanda, Vieda, Zanda and Zenda. These names tend to be less commonly used than Linda.

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