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[ 2 syll. lin-(d)say, li-nds-ay ] The baby girl name Lindsay is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced as LIHNDZiy- †. Lindsay has its origins in the Old English language. It is used largely in English and Scottish. The name Lindsay means 'Lincoln's wetland, Lincoln's island'. It is from the word ey which is of the meaning 'island'. The name is from the Scottish family name, which is itself derived from an Old English place name from Lindsey in Lincolnshire. The surname was borne by Sir Walter de Lindesay, one of the followers of King David I of Scotland; he lived in Lindsey, Lincolnshire before taking the name to Scotland. The first name was adopted by English speakers from the 19th century, and it was mostly a male name then; today in Scotland, the name is still used as a boy's name. See Lindsay for more information.

The name Lindsay is used to a great extent; it has 49 forms. Forms of the name include Lendsey, Lendsi, Lendsy, Lensey, Lind, Linda, Lindse, Lindsee, Lindseigh, Lindze, Lindzey, Lindzy, Linsday, Linsey, Linsy, Linze, Linzee, Linzi, Linzy, Lyndsie, Lyndsy, Lynnsey, Lynnzey, Lynsay, Lynsey, Lynzey, Lynzie, and Lynzy. Other English forms include the contracted forms Lin and Lyn, and the spelling variants Lindsea, Lindsey (used in Scottish too), Lindsie, Lindsy, Lindzee, Lindzie, Linsay, Linsi, Linsie, Linzey, Linzie, Lyndsay, Lyndsea, Lyndsee, Lyndsey, Lynnzee, Lynzea, Lynzee, and Lynzi.

See also the related category island.

Lindsay is unusual as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 1983 with 0.482% of baby girls being named Lindsay. It had a ranking of #37 then. The baby name has experienced a substantial drop in frequency since then, and is currently used only on a very light scale. In 2018, among the family of girl names directly related to Lindsay, Linda was the most widely used. Though there were times prior to 1966 when more boys than baby girls were given the name Lindsay, the name is today more frequently used for baby girls. There were 95 times more baby girls than boys who were named Lindsay in 1985.

Baby names that sound like Lindsay include Lindsey, Lindzy, Lyndsay, Lyndsey, Lanata, Landa, Lantha, Lenci, Lenda, Lendsey, Lendsi, Lendsy, Linda, Lindka, Lindse, Lindsee, Lindseigh, Lindsie, Lindsy, and Llinda.

† Pronunciation for Lindsay: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"

Details of famous persons named Lindsay:
Actress Lindsay Lohan, born 2 July 1986, New York, New York.
Tennis Player Lindsay Davenport, born 8 June 1976, Palos Verdes, California.


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