The baby name Lyn is the perfect unisex name if you have a Linda or a Lyndon in your family. It is a great way to give these ancestors respect while offering your child a modern twist. Though not a top 1,000 baby name, Lyn still has a sweet and simple sound.

Meaning of the name Lyn:

English: pretty, lake, linden tree hill

Origin of the name Lyn:

Lyn is a variation of the original spelling Lynn. Most believe that it began as a surname in England that came from the Welsh word “llyn.” The name only found use among girls in the 1900s. In modern times, it can even be a shortened form of Linda or Lyndon, depending on the gender.

Symbolism of the name Lyn:

When utilizing the theory that Lyn came from the surname Lynn, then you must consider the Welsh word “llyn” which means “lake,” as seen in the meaning. When Lyn is shortened for Linda, it has the same meaning as Linda, which is “pretty.” When short for Lyndon, however, it means “linden tree hill.”

Style of the name Lyn:


Gender of the name Lyn:

Lyn is a baby name for boys or girls, but spellings with a y are more popular among girls.

Pronunciation of the name Lyn:


Number of syllables in the name Lyn:


Emotion evoked from the name Lyn:

Lyn feels simple, informal, and natural. It is a common name perfect for any humble family.

Alternative spellings for the name Lyn:

  • Lynn 
  • Len
  • Lin
  • Lenn
  • Linn

Nicknames for the name Lyn:

  • Lynnie
  • Lynni
  • Lynee
  • Lyndi
  • Lyndie
  • Lyndee
  • Lyna

Popularity of the name Lyn:

Lyn was a top 1,000 baby name in America from 1939 at rank 985 to 1969 at rank 989. This baby name was most popular in 1953 at number 534. Lynn is much more popular, however, lasting on the top 1,000 list until 1996. Len also lasted on the top 1,000 list until 1971.

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Great middle names for Lyn and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Lyn:

  • Lyn Ashley (actress, “Quest for Love”)
  • Lyn Brown (MP in Britain)
  • Lyn Collingwood (actress, “Annie's Coming Out”)
  • Lyn Hejinian (poet)

Lyns in popular culture:

  • Lyn (character from “Fire Emblem”)