Meaning and name origin
Lynn \l(y)-nn\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Lynn), is pronounced lin. It is of English origin. Variant of Flann (Irish, Gaelic) "ruddy-complected". The surname is also possibly of Old English and Gaelic origin, meaning "lake", "waterfall" or "pool", and probably would have been given to a family living near such a body of water. Sometimes used as a diminutive of Linda (Spanish) "pretty". Used especially as a middle name and as a feminine beginning or ending in many name blends, such as Kaylyn and Lynlee. Actress Lynn Redgrave.
There is 1 masculine form of Lynn: Linn.
Lynn is a very popular first name for females (#166 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#862 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Lynn for girls. Lynn reached its highest rank of #67 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Lynn and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Evelyn (#16), Madeline (#89), Brynn (#261), Ashlynn (#323), Marilyn (#405), Linda (#615), Bryn (#965), Rosalyn (#985), Lynne, Kaylyn, Linn, Lyn, Lynette and Lynn. (2014 statistics).
Lynn is also pronounced similarly to Lane, Layne, Leann, Lene, Liann and Luann. Other suggested similar baby names are Lana, Lani, Lanna, Lanny, Lena, Lenna, Leyna, Lina, Linna, Lona, Loni, Lonna, Lonni, Luna, Lyna, Lynah, Lynea, Lynnae, Lynnea, Rynn and Wynn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lynn.