The given name Lynn derived from an English surname of Welsh origin and was a masculine name in former times, but today it is mostly a girl’s name. Lynn is as well a short form of names like Linda, Lina or Carolyn.
What is the meaning of the name Lynn?
Lynn means “lake” (from Welsh “llyn”) and e.g. “soft”, “mild” and “flexible” (from Old High German “lind”) or “free woman” (from Lina and Carolyn).
Varieties of the name Lynn
Even though Lynn is a unisex name, it is mostly used as a girl’s name in English speaking countries. Lynn is a popular middle name and has different variants, like Lyn, Lin, Lynne or Lynna. If you want to choose the name Lynn, a double name or pretty middle name can be nice. Options for these are: Amy Lynn, Lynn Emily, Mary-Lynn, Lynn Ellen, Lynn Victoria, Lynn Amelia, Cassie-Lynn, Hannah Lynn and Lynn Madeleine.
Famous people with the name Lynn
One of the famous name bearers is Jamie-Lynn Sigler (born 1981), an American actress and singer. Jamie-Lynn is mostly known for her role as Meadow Soprano in the HBO series “The Sopranos” (1999 - 2007), where she plays the daughter of the New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano. She starred in many TV-productions, for example in one episode of the famous sitcom “How I met your mother”.
Another Jamie Lynn is Jamie Lynn Spears (born 1991), famously known as the younger sister of Popstar Britney Spears. Jamie Lynn started her professional career with the Teenie sitcom “Zoey 101” (2005 - 2008), where she plays the lead role. After this role, she focused primarily on her music career. Today, Jamie Lynn is very present in media due to the controversy of her relationship to sister Britney and the mistreatment Britney faced from her family.
Actress Jeri Lynn Ryan rose to fame with her roles in the “Star Trek” movies. Jeri Lynn was born in Munich, Germany in 1968 as a daughter of a master sergeant of the U.S. military and grew up on several military bases through the United States. In 2001, she won a Saturn Award for her role in the sci-fi TV-Show “Star Trek: Voyager”.
Did you know that world-famous Jennifer Lopez also has the middle name Lynn? Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J.Lo, is an American Popstar and actress with Puerto-Rican roots. Her over thirty year lasting career includes many top hit songs and movies.
Fictional characters named Lynn
The name Lynn gained some popularity through the TV-sitcom “ALF”. The show, that aired from 1986 to 1990 is about ALF (acronym for: Alien Life Form), an alien who accidentally lands in the house of an American middle class family, who now has to deal with the uninvited guest. One of the characters is named Lynn Tanner, the teenage daughter of the family, who is portrayed by Andrea Elson.
Additionally, Lynn is a character in the novel trilogy “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. The novels are set in a post-apocalyptic dystopian setting and are targeted for teenagers.