Linnet

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Linnet

  1. A female given name derived from the linnet bird. Occasionally recorded since the 19th century.
    • 2004 Anne Tyler, The Amateur Marriage, ISBN 0701177349, page 105
      Lindy herself hated the name Lindy. She said it sounded like a girl in pink gingham. At the beginning of this school year she'd started making all the teachers address her by her full name, Linnet. ( She'd been named for an English bird that a soldier had mentioned to their mother during the war.) At first Karen had tried to call her that too, but it had felt so unnatural that she'd gradually given it up. Still, she sympathized, and once when a teacher phoned and asked for "Lin-NET Anton's mother or father" - stressing the wrong syllable,as everyone tended to do - Karen had felt a kind of bruise deepening in her chest.