Lynn (name)

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Gender Unisex
Word/name Celtic
Meaning Pond, Waterfall, Pool, Lake
Other names
Related names Lin, Linda, Linn, Linnell, Lyn, Lynae, Lynelle, Lynette, Lynna, Lynne, Lynnelle, Lynnette

Lynn or Lynne is a surname and given name in English speaking countries.


It has a number of separate derivations:

  • A locational surname from any of a number of places in England, the place name in turn may have derived from Brittonic lenna (pool or lake).[1]
  • A locational surname in Scotland, the place name derived from Scottish Gaelic linne, in turn from Old Irish linn; meaning water feature or pool.[1]
  • A surname derived from a personal name in the north of Ireland, originally O'Fhloinn, later O' Loinn, O'Lynn and Lynn.[1] {See also the surnames Flynn and O'Flynn.}[2]

The earliest recorded instance of the surname is Aedricus de Lenna of King's Lynn (1177).[1][3]

Given name[edit]

As a given name, Lynn is predominantly female. Now it is more popular as a middle name than as a first name. It is also popular as a suffix for female first names, such as Madalyn/Madalynn, Jocelyn/Jocelynn, Ashlyn/Ashlynn, Kaylynn and Emmalyn/Emmalynn. In the year 2013, only ninety girls were given the name Lynn in the United States (variant spellings not included), according to Social Security's "Beyond The Top 1000" name lists, available for download on their website.[citation needed]

Notable people named Lynn[edit]



Fictional characters named Lynn[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Internet Surname Database – Linn (Lynn)
  2. ^ Internet Surname Database – Flynn
  3. ^ Discovering Surnames, Freeman JW, Shire Publications, 3rd ed. 2001, (reprinted 2007), pp 37 (Lynn, Linn, Lenn)