Meaning and Origin of: Lincoln

Meaning and Origin of Lincoln

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old English : Home by the pond

What does Lincoln mean and stand for?

The name Lincoln is of English origin and means "town by the pool."

Syllables: 2

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : habitational name from the city of Lincoln, so named from an original British name Lindo- ‘lake’ + Latin colonia ‘settlement’, ‘colony’. The place was an important administrative center during the Roman occupation of Britain and in the Middle Ages it was a center for the manufacture of cloth, including the famous ‘Lincoln green’.
  • Abraham Lincoln (1809–65), 16th president of the United States, was the son of an illiterate laborer, descended from a certain Samuel Lincoln, who had emigrated from England to MA in 1637.

Famous people who gave their babies this name


Lincoln is the number forty-one most popular boys name in the US, according to 2019 Social Security Administration data. It has been consistently popular, remaining as number 41 since 2017, and in the top 100 since 2013.

However, it is the 18th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Isabella was at its peak popularity in July 2017.

Lincoln is seen as a more "old-fashioned" name, usually causing people to immediately think of Abraham Lincoln. The name broke the top 50 in 2016, suggesting it is making a comeback. Bill Murray named his son Lincoln and Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard gender-bent the name for their daughter.

Where is it Popular?

Lincoln was searched for most often in the following states:

Pairs well with these middle names