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Linda is a female given name.
- The name might be derived from the same root as the linden tree, from Germanic lind meaning "soft, tender" ultimately from a Celtic root. The image of the tree is used to indicate a gentle personality.
- It may also come from the neo Latin language (Italian, Spanish or Portuguese) word linda, which is the feminine form of lindo, meaning "beautiful, pretty, cute" (Spanish) and "clean" (Italian).
- Alternatively it may be derived from the mythical creature/concept known as ouroboros, in the variations "Celt Lindworm" (a wingless bipedal dragon) and "Scandinavian Lindworm" (a seaserpent).
- Muchalinda, Mucalinda or Mucilinda is also the name of the naga (snake-like being), who protected the Buddha from the elements after his enlightenment.
In some languages, such as German, the name is frequently used in combination with another name, using the suffix "-linde", for example in Sieglinde or Heidelinde.
Lynda is a common variant spelling of the name in English. Among other names in use in English speaking countries that include the -linda suffix are Melinda, Belinda, Carlinda, Celinda, Rosalinda and Mirlinda.
It can also be a related name for Lindsay.
The name days for Linda are on September 1 (Czech Rep.), June 20 (Sweden), April 15 (Finland/Germany), February 13 (Hungary, Poland), September 2 (Slovakia), September 4 (Poland) and August 21 (Latvia). Linda's name day in Switzerland is on the 19th of June.
- Linda Barker, British television presenter
- Linda L. M. Bennett, administrator and professor of political science at University of Southern Indiana
- Linda Blair, American actress
- Linda Bove, American actress
- Belinda Carlisle, American singer
- Linda Chung, Chinese-Canadian actress
- Linda Clement, Scottish field hockey player
- Linda Coffee, American lawyer famous for representing Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade
- Linda Consolante, Canadian football (soccer) defender
- Linda Darnell, American actress
- Linda de Mol, Dutch entertainer
- Linda Evans, American actress
- Linda Evangelista, Canadian supermodel
- Linda Fiorentino, Italian-American actress
- Linda Grant, British journalist and author, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction and nominated for the Booker Prize
- Linda Gray, American actress
- Linda Hamilton, American actress
- Linda Hogan, wife of Hulk Hogan
- Linda Knowles, British high jumper
- Linda Lampenius, Finnish violinist
- Linda Lavin, American actress
- Linda Liao, Taiwanese celebrity
- Linda Lingle, governor of Hawaii
- Linda Lovelace, American pornographic actress, later an anti-pornography activist
- Linda Lusardi (born 1958), British actress, television presenter and former glamour model
- Linda McCartney, first wife of Paul McCartney
- Linda Olofsson, Swedish freestyle swimmer
- Linda Papadopoulos, English - Greek Psychologist
- Linda Perry, an American singer, songwriter and record producer
- Linda Pétursdóttir, Miss World from Iceland and businesswoman
- Linda Ronstadt, American singer
- Linda Schrenko, American politician from the state of Georgia
- Linda Seppänen, Swedish singer and one of the contestants in Swedish Idol 2006
- Linda Sheskey, American middle distance runner
- Linda Smith, British comedienne and radio personality
- Linda Staudt, Canadian long-distance runner
- Linda Thompson (disambiguation)
- Linda Tripp, a Pentagon employee involved in the Lewinsky scandal of U.S. President Bill Clinton
- Linda Voortman, Dutch politician
- Linda Wagenmakers
- Linda Züblin, Swiss heptathlete
- Linda (Estonian mythology), in the Estonian national epic Kalevipoeg, mother of the main hero, wife of Kalev
- Linda Lee or Linda Lee Danvers, secret identity of Supergirl (Kara Zor-El)
- Linda Danvers, a different Supergirl (Linda Danvers)
- Linda (Sesame Street), on the children's program Sesame Street
- Linda Flynn, the mother of Phineas and Candace Flynn and stepmother of Ferb Fletcher from the Disney Channel original series Phineas and Ferb
- Linda Gunderson, the owner of Blu in the animated film Rio
- Linda van Schoonhoven, news anchor in the animated series Futurama
- Linda Stotch, the mother of Leopold "Butters" Stotch in the animated series South Park
- Linda, in John Carpenter's 1978 horror movie Halloween and in Rob Zombie's remake