US Popularity:13371
Other Origin(s):British, Greek
Meaning:Forest; Fine jade, gem; Bright; Linden hill; Flax, linen
Lin is a boy’s name that is Chinese in origin. While it is primarily a surname, it can also be given as a personal name. Depending on the kanji characters used, Lin has several meanings, including “fine jade” or “gem.” However, the most common characters, , mean “forest.” This comes from an ancient story of King Zhou of Shang, the last emperor of the Shang dynasty, who lived in the 12th century BCE. Zhou was a cruel king, whose loyal advisor Bi Gan tried to persuade him to change his ways. When Bi Gan was arrested for treason, his wife fled to the forest. There, she gave birth to a son. After Zhou was deposed, the next king restored Bi Gan’s son to his rightful place and gave him the surname Lin to honor his birthplace. It is a name rich in meaning and history and may even inspire baby with a lifelong love of nature. Additionally, the name is said to have Burmese origins, where it means “bright;” English origins, where it means “linden hill” and comes from Lydon; and finally, Greek origins, where it means “flax” or “linen,” and comes from the name Linus. As you can see, there is a lot to love about Lin!

Lin Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Lin is currently #3010 on The Bump
Girl:Lin is currently #2064 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Lin is currently #13371 in U.S. births
Girl:Lin is currently #16529 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 6436
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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