What does Lin mean?
Lin [lin] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Lin) is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Lin is "linden tree hill". Lin is a variant form of Linn (Old English). Lin is also a variant of Lyndon (Old English): surname.
(male) Lie, Lown, ..
(female) Line, Lini, .. Middle name pairings:
Lin Duke (L.D.), ..
How popular is Lin?
Lin is a rare given name for men but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#624 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Lin entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its top position of #1713 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Lin are Linden (#1765 in 2015), Lindon, Lindy, Linn, Linnie, Lyn, Lyndon (#1200) and Lynn. These relations of Lin were at the top of their popularity in the 1940s (adoption of 0.11%) and are now significantly less popular (adoption 0.01%, ▼88.7%), with the form Lynn becoming less trendy.
Lin is alike in pronunciation to Laine, Lane▲, Layne▲, Len, Lenn, Leon▼, Leone, Lion, Lon▼, Lonn, Lonne, Lunn and Lyon. Other recommended names are Fin, Linc, Lind, Link, Lino, Vin and Win. These names tend to be more commonly used than Lin.See names in meaning and etymology.