[ 2 syll. lin, li-n ] The baby girl name Lin is also used as a boy name. It is pronounced LIYIYN †.
1: Lin has its origins in the Germanic, Old English, Welsh languages. It is used largely in Chinese and English. Lin is well-used as a middle name.
Forms of Lin include the Chinese Lin Lin, the English Linelle, the name Linh, the name Linley, the name Linn, and the name Linne.
2: Lin is of Chinese origin. Here, the meaning is 'forest; beautiful jade'.
In addition, Lin is an English shortening of Linda.
Lin is also an English shortening of the English and Scottish Lindsay.
Lin is also an English spelling variant of the English and German Lynn.
See also the related categories, forest, english, beautiful (fair), chinese, and welsh.
Lin is not often used as a baby girl name. It is not in the top 1000 names. Within the family of girl names directly related to Lin, Linda was the most popular in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Lin include Lien, Line, Laeni, Laenie, Lainey, Laini, Lainie, Lami, Lamya, Lana, Lanae, Lanee, Lanei, Laney, Lani, Lanie, Lanna, Lanney, Lanni, and Lannie.
† English pronunciation for Lin: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"