Meaning and Origin of: Lin
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Girl name origins & meanings:
- Chinese : Beautiful; jade
- Spanish : Pretty
- Scandinavian : Lime tree
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Boy name origins & meanings:
- Old English : Linden tree
- German : Mountain of linden trees
- English : Verbose; waterfall
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Family name origins & meanings:
- Chinese : from a word meaning ‘forest’. Bi Gan was a half-brother to Zhou Xin, the cruel and corrupt last king (1154–1123 bc) of the Shang dynasty. Bi Gan criticized his half-brother’s excesses, and for this he had his belly ripped open and his heart cut out. His wife fled to Chang Forest, where she gave birth to a son. When Zhou Xin was toppled by the new Zhou dynasty, the new Zhou ruler granted the son some land together with the name Lin.
- Chinese : variant of Lian 1.
- Scottish and English : perhaps a variant of Lynn.
- Dutch : probably a variant of Lyn.