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"Used in many female given names". I don't think this is a suffix, an inflectional ending or a combining form. It seems to be just a string of letters. Does anyone think that Linda is really L +‎ -inda? Mglovesfun (talk) 11:42, 27 April 2010 (UTC)

-inda is a genuine name suffix, kind of a diminutive as far as I can tell. However, many of these names are not from it. Some are from Esperanto, some are from -linda (with Linda standing as a short form for many of them, apparently). I'll try and root some of these out. -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 12:00, 27 April 2010 (UTC)
Ok, done. The names now left are genuinely from -inda. -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 12:12, 27 April 2010 (UTC)
I'm not withdrawing my rfd, however. Mglovesfun (talk) 17:18, 27 April 2010 (UTC)
It's listed in our etymologies of Clarinda and Melinda. If those are correct (which I don't know), then this would seem to be, too.​—msh210 18:43, 27 April 2010 (UTC)
Just Melinda now, apparently. I agree totally with your point. All we need now is some evidence of some sort. Mglovesfun (talk) 18:48, 27 April 2010 (UTC)
Well...there's this and this. Truth be told, I don't have any good onomastics materials. Maybe I'll ask EP. -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 13:13, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
My sources say that it is a formative suffix in English for the formation of feminine given names. The names currently listed are all identified as originating in English via addition of the suffix -inda. --EncycloPetey 00:17, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
Ok abstain. Mglovesfun (talk) 13:15, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
Probably came by consonance with the famous and noble name Irmilinda (whole mild in ancient German) where -Linda means mild. In . Used as a favorable endearment. I think it's better not to delete.--Pierpao 19:14, 29 April 2010 (UTC)
Possibly, but there are other Germanic names in other Germanic languages using that same deuterotheme. Guessing that it's tied to a particular name is unsupported. --EncycloPetey 05:52, 30 April 2010 (UTC)
I choose that because some (very few actually) sources say that probably it's the more ancient name, in such a kind, since is strictly linked to the Odin's myth. Original significance should be "source of Odin". But does not sounds so good to me. I want to look for the root of German: Lind, that is very different, in meaning, from the Anglo Saxon term Lind.--Pierpao 06:11, 1 May 2010 (UTC)

Kept, thanks y'all. Mglovesfun (talk) 12:39, 9 May 2010 (UTC)