[ 2 syll. lin-da, li-nda ] The baby girl name Linda is pronounced LIHN-Dah (English) †. Linda is of Germanic and Old English origin, and it is used largely in the Czech, Dutch, English, Italian, Scandinavian, Spanish, African, and German languages. Germanic origin, African, English, and German use: The name could be of mutiple origins. It could have developed from the diminutive of other names ending in '-linda', or Latinized from Germanic names with the last element lind (meaning 'weak, soft, gentle, friendly'). Other derivations suggest influence from the Germanic lindi, the Spanish 'linda' meaning 'pretty', or the Italian 'linda' meaning 'neat'. The name was first used at the end of the 19th century.
In addition, Linda is a pet form (Czech, Dutch, English, Italian, Scandinavian, and Spanish) of the English, German, Italian, and Spanish Belinda.
Linda is also a derivative (English) of the English and Scottish Lindsay.
The name Linda is used to a great extent; it has 40 derivatives that are used in English and foreign languages. Derivatives used in English include Delinda, Larinda, Lenda, Lind, Lindalee, Linday, Lindea, Lindey, Lindira, Lindita (also used in Spanish), Lindka, Linette, Linita, Linka, Linnie, Lueinda, Lyn (also used in German), Lynae, Lyndall, Lynde, Lyndea, Lyndee, Lyndy, Lynette, Lynna, Lynndie, and Lynne (also used in German). Other English forms include the contraction Lin, the pet forms Lindee, Lindi (also used in Spanish), Lindie, Lindy (also used in Spanish), Linn (also used in German), Lyndi, and Lynn (also used in German), and the variant spellings Llinda, Lynda, and Lynnda. Foreign derivatives of Linda include the Spanish Lindia and the Spanish Lyndia.
Linda is an all-time favorite. Today it is still somewhat popular as a baby name for girls, though it was in more widespread use before. At the peak of its usage in 1948, 5.520% of baby girls were given the name Linda. Its ranking then was #1. The baby name has since suffered a substantial decline in frequency, and is currently of only occasional use. In 2018, it ranked at #726 with a usage of 0.021%, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all girl names in its group. The name Linda has predominantly been a girl name, although it has also been given to boys in the past century. Linda as a girl name outnumbered its use as boy name by 321 times in 1965.
Baby names that sound like Linda include Lynnda, Lanata, Landa, Lantha, Lenci, Lenda, Lendsey, Lendsi, Lendsy, Lindka, Lindsay, Lindse, Lindsee, Lindseigh, Lindsey, Lindsie, Lindsy, Lindzy, Llinda, and Londa.
† Pronunciation for Linda: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"
Details of famous persons named Linda:
Actress Linda Blair, born 22 January 1959, St. Louis, Missouri.
Actress Linda Cardellini, born 25 June 1975, Redwood City, California.
Model Linda Evangelista, born 10 May 1965, Thorold, Ontario, Canada.
Singer Linda Ronstadt, born 15 July 1946, Tucson, Arizona.