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Lynn is a baby girl’s name that was popular between 1946 and 1968. While Lynn has declined in popularity and is no longer in the top 1000 baby names in the US it remains a popular choice for middle names or as a part of longer modern names like Gracelynn and Adelynn.

Meaning and Origin of the name Lynn:

Lynn is a predominately female name of Welsh origin meaning “waterfall” or “lake.”

Lynn is an English baby girl’s name that comes from the Welsh name Llyn which means “lake.” Lynn is sometimes used as a nickname for the name Linda, which mean “pretty.”

Symbolism of the name Lynn:

Lakes and waterfalls are often sacred locations in Celtic mythology and associated with local deities.

Nicknames for the name Lynn:

Lynn is a sweet-sounding name for girls and boys. It is more commonly used as a middle name now but has been often used as a first name in the past. We put together the list below of nicknames for the name Lynn to help you find a great nickname for your baby.

  • Lynnie
  • Lina 
  • Lyli
  • Lili

Style of the name Lynn:


Gender of the name Lynn:

Lynn is largely a female name. On occasion, it's used for males.

Pronunciation of the name Lynn:


Number of syllables in the name Lynn:


Emotion evoked from the name Lynn:

Lynn evokes feelings of confidence and strength.

Alternative spellings for the name Lynn:

Popularity of the name Lynn:

According to the Social Security Administration, Lynn is a girl’s name that first became popular in 1908. Lynn was at peak popularity between 1946 and 1968 when it was in the top 100 names. Lynn fell off of the top 1000 popularity list in 1996.

Great middle names for the name Lynn and their meanings:

  • Leonore (meaning unknown)
  • Hanna (grace)
  • Hope (hope)
  • Alice (noble)
  • Daphne (laurel tree)
  • Clover (key)
  • Aster (star)
  • Margaret (pearl)
  • Esther (star)

Famous people with the name Lynn:

  • Lynn Redgrave (English actress)
  • Lynn Rene Anderson (American country music singer)
  • Lynn Berry (American TV journalist)
  • Lynn Whitfield (American actress)
  • Lynn Hilary (Irish singer-songwriter)
  • Lynn (literature, “Divergent” trilogy by Veronica Roth)
  • Lynn Robillard (television, “Criminal Minds”)
  • Lynn Holden (film, “The Wrong Guy”)
  • Lynn Loud (television, “The Loud House”)
  • Lynn Valerie Lewis (television, “Lewis”)
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