Lindsay (name)

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Lindsay CoA.png
13th- to 14th-century coat of arms of the de Lindsay Lords of Crawford.
Current region England
Earlier spellings de Lindsay, Lyndsay
Place of origin England

Lindsay is an English surname, originally derived from the territory of Lindsey in Lincolnshire, from the Old English toponym Lindesege "Lindum Isle", i.e. "marshlands of Lincoln".

In the late 19th century, the surname gave rise to the given name Lindsay (and variants Lindsey, Lyndsy, etc.) in the United States, at first as a male given name, and since the mid-20th century increasingly as a female given name.[1] Its popularity as a girls' name is due to the actress Lindsay Wagner (born 1949 as Lindsay Jean Wagner), who became famous in 1976 as The Bionic Woman. It was the 314th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007, having ranked among the top 200 names for girls from the 1970s through the 1990s. The alternative spelling Lindsey ranked as the 226th most popular name for girls born in 2007 in the United States.


The surname is ultimately connected to the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Lindsey.

The surname of Lindsay continued to be borne by the Earls of Balcarres and Earls of Crawford, down to the current holder of the title, Robert Lindsay, 29th Earl of Crawford (b. 1927), while the Earls of Lindsay have used the additional surname of Lindesay since its adoption by Reginald Lindesay-Bethune, 12th Earl of Lindsay in 1919.

The names of John de Lindsay (d. 1335), Ingram Lindsay (15th century) David Lyndsay (c. 1490–c. 1555) and Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie (1532–1580) are early examples of the name being used as "surname" by members of lower nobility in Scotland. Lindsay was used in the United Kingdom by younger sons of the Lindsay clan chiefs, acquiring the status of common surname in the course of the 19th century:


The surname Lindsay is also found in Northern Ireland. Irish people called Lindsay are either descended from members of the Scottish clan Lindsay who migrated to Ireland, or alternatively of the Gaelic O'Loinsigh sept, who sometimes anglicized their name as Lindsay, even though more common anglicizations were Lynch or Linchey. In addition, the MacClintock (MacIlliuntaig) family anglicized their name as Lindsay in the 17th century.

Americas and Oceania[edit]

At the same time, Scottish emigrants to America or Australia tended to adopt their clan's name as surname; as a Scottish American surname, Lindsay is introduced by the late 18th century, with the immigration of one Anthony Lindsay from Scotland.[2]

The boy's given name Lindsay appears to arise from the Scottish surname in the early 20th century in North America and Australia / New Zealand, also given to girls by the mid-20th century, and rising to popularity in the 1970s.

Surname Lindsey[edit]

Given name[edit]

Gender both male and female
Word/name English.
Meaning clan name; toponym
Other names
Related names Lindsey, Linsay, Linsey, Lyndsay, Lyndsey, Lynsey, Lynsay, Linzey, Lynzi, Lynzie, Lynsi, Linzie, Linzi, Lindsy, Lyndsy, Lynnsey, Lindsee, Lynsie




Fictional characters named Lindsay[edit]

People named Lindsey[edit]

Pronunciation Lin-zee
Gender Unisex
Meaning Linden trees by the brook
Region of origin Lincolnshire
Other names
Related names Lindsay

Fictional characters[edit]

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  • Joseph Linsey (1899–1994), organized crime figure in Boston's underworld during Prohibition
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  1. ^ Behind the Name
  2. ^ "For over a hundred years, there have been many disputes concerning the originating founder of the Lindsay family in America. Most of these stories originated with the Lindsay Family Association of America. During its twenty years of existence, several reports were issued. [...] Margaret Isabelle Lindsay, author of 'The Lindsays of America' [...] wrote, 'Having been furnished with two or three records of this family, in justice to those who kindly sent each to me, I insert them all.'" The conflicting accounts make the Anthony "the Immigrant" Lindsay either "a wealthy Scotch sea captain" who arrived about 1784, or one of three Scottish brothers who landed in Charleston, South Carolina. Five men called Linsey are recorded as heads of families in the 1790 Federal Census of Prince George's County., 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000. Josephine Lindsay Bass and Becky Bonner
  3. ^ Lindsey-Meaning and origin of the name Lindsey