Lindsay - Meaning of Lindsay
[ 2 syll. lin-(d)say, li-nds-ay ] The baby boy name Lindsay is also used as a girl name, with the latter form being much more common. It is pronounced as LIHNDZiy- †. Lindsay is used predominantly in the English and Scottish languages, and it is derived from Old English origins. The name's meaning is Lincoln's wetland, Lincoln's island. It is from the element 'ey' 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.
Lindsay is a widely used name; it has 26 variants. Variants include Lind, Lindse, Lindsea, Lindsee, Lindseigh, Lindsy, Linsay, Linsey, Linsie, Linsy, Linzee, Linzi, Linzy, Lyndsey, Lyndsie, Lynnsey, Lynnzey, Lynsey, Lynzee, Lynzey, Lynzi, Lynzie, and Lynzy. The diminutive form Lynn (also used in Welsh), and the variant spellings Lindsey (also used in Scottish) and Lyndsay are other English forms.
Lindsay is unusual as a baby name for boys. Its usage peaked modestly in 1904 with 0.009% of baby boys being given the name Lindsay. It ranked at #669 then. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity, and is currently of very light use. Among all boy names in its group, Lindsay was nonetheless the most regularly used in 2018. There were times before 1966 that the name Lindsay was given more often to boys, but it is more popular as a girl name today. In 1985, the name Lindsay was given to 95 times as many girls than boys.
Baby names that sound like Lindsay include Lindsey, Lyndsay, Lyndsey, Landa, Landice, Landis, Landise, Landiss, Lantos, Lantus, Lenci, Leontes, Leónidas, Lindse, Lindsee, Lindseigh, Lindsy, Loundas, Loundis, and Loundos.
† 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)"