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Alternative forms[edit]


From place names in Norfolk and Scotland, Scottish Gaelic linne (stream, pool) or from corresponding Old English/Celtic words.

  • The female name is used as a fanciful spelling variant of Lyn, shortened from the common -lyn/-line ending of women's names, as in Carolyn, Evelyn, Gwendolyn.


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. Any of several place names (outside Britain named for persons with the surname).
    1. A town in Alabama.
    2. A town in Arkansas.
    3. A town in Indiana.
    4. A city in Massachusetts.
    5. A town in Norfolk, England, officially King's Lynn.
    6. An unincorporated community in West Virginia.
    7. A town in Wisconsin.
    8. A community in Nova Scotia.
  3. A male given name usually appearing as a middle name.
  4. A female given name, popular as a middle name.

Derived terms[edit]


  • 1595 William Shakespeare, King Henry VI, Part 3, Act IV, Scene V
    King Edward. But whither shall we then?
    Hastings. To Lynn, my lord; and ship from thence to Flanders.
  • 1989 Ann Richards, Peter Knobler, Straight from the Heart: My Life in Politics and Other Places, Simon and Schuster, →ISBN, page 91
    David's father's name was Leon, and those people who didn't call him Dick called him Lynn. And I loved my former professor Ralph Lynn, so I named my baby Lynn Cecile.
  • 2007 Susan Richards Shreve, Warm Springs: Traces of a Childhood at FDR's Polio Haven, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, →ISBN, page 67
    He called me Mary because I had told him my middle name was Mary and I was called by that name at home, although my middle name was Lynn. But neither Susan or Lynn seemed right for a Quaker girl converting to Catholicism.