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What does Lynn mean?

Lynn Pronunciation of Lynn [lynn] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Lynn) is pronounced lin. It is of English, Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Lynn is "ruddy-complected". Variant of Flann. 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.

Associated with: irish, surname, old, lake (river), water, pretty (beautiful), blends.


Lynn has 17 variants: Lin, Linell, Linn, Linnell, Lyn, Lynae, Lyndel, Lyndell, Lynell, Lynelle, Lynette, Lynlee, Lynley, Lynna, Lynne, Lynnelle and Lynnett.

Affiliated girl names: Ashlynn, Brandilyn, Bryn, Brynn, Evelyn, Mandoline, Marilyn, Marlin, Rosalyn, Zolynn and Madeline.

8 more related forms via Kaylyn, Linda: Kalynn, Lindi, Lindy, Lynda, Lynde, Lyndy, Lynnda and Lynndie.

1 masculine form: Linn.

Creative forms:
(female) Lann, Lyne, ..

(male) Lylyn, Lynie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lynn Melani (L.M.), ..

How popular is Lynn?

Lynn is a very popular first name for females (#166 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#847 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Lynn reached its highest position of #67 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Ashlynn (#375 in recent rankings), Bryn (#1177), Brynn (#259), Evelyn (#15), Kalynn, Kaylyn (#1270), Linda (#670), Lindy, Linn, Lyn, Lynda, Lynell, Lynelle, Lynette, Lynlee (#1904), Lynnda, Lynne, Madeline (#90), Marilyn (#426) and Rosalyn (#1134) are the prominent variation forms of Lynn appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Lynn reached the top of their popularity during 1940-1949 (average #1111) and have become significantly less conventional since (#1396, 83%), with forms like Lynda becoming less in vogue. Evelyn has historically been popular among parents, although Brynn seems to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lynn, Ashlynn, Bryn, Brynn, Evelyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kalynn, Kaylyn, Linda, Lindy, Linn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lyn, Lynda, Lynell, Lynelle, Lynette in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lynlee, Lynnda, Lynne, Madeline, Marilyn, Rosalyn in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Lynn is alike in pronunciation to Laine, Lane, Layne, Lean, Leann, Leanne, Leeann, Lene, Leone, Leyanne, Liane, Liann, Lianne, Louann, Luane, Luann and Luanne. Other suggested similar names are Ann, Dyann, Elynn, Erynn, Glynn, Gwynn, Jann, Jenn, Lana, Lani, Lanna, Lanny, Lena, Leni, Lenna, Leyna, Lina, Lind, Linna, Lona, Loni, Lonna, Lonni, Luna, Lyda, Lyla, Lyna, Lynah, Lyndi, Lynea, Lynnae, Lynnea, Lynnet, Lynzi, Lynzy, Lyra, Lys, Lysa, Lyse, Lyz, Lyza, Lyzz, Nann, Ryann, Rynn, Wynn and Yann. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lynn.