Lincoln Name Meaning

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Fact: The name Lincoln is most famously associated with Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, known for leading the country during the Civil War and abolishing slavery.

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A Deep Dive

Lincoln Overview

Meaning

Lake colony, town by the pool

Gender

Boy

Origin

English

Etymology

Derived from a British place name, originally from the Latin “Lindum Colonia,” meaning “colony by the lake.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈlɪŋkən/

Popularity

Lincoln is a name that has gained popularity in English-speaking countries, especially in recent years. Recently, Lincoln has consistently ranked within the top 50 names for boys in the USA.

Syllable

2 syllables

Length

7 letters

Numerology

7 (Analytical, Studious, Knowledgeable)

Name Styles

Modern, Cool, Classic, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, intelligent, dependable, charismatic
A Deep Dive

Lincoln Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Lincol, Linkoln, Lincon, Lincolne, Lincohn

Common Nicknames

Linc, Link, Cole, Lonnie

Diminutives

Linky, Linn, Col, Linny

Famous People

  • Lincoln Chafee
    (American Politician)
  • Lincoln Peirce
    (American Cartoonist)
  • Lincoln Steffens
    (American Journalist)
  • Lincoln Brewster
    (American Musician)
  • Lincoln Melcher
    (American Actor)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector"
    (TV Series)
  • "The Island"
    (Film)
  • Lincoln Burrows
    ("Prison Break," TV Series)
  • Lincoln Campbell
    ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," TV Series)
  • Lincoln Hawk
    ("Over the Top," Film)

Places

  • Lincoln City
    (Nebraska, USA)
  • Lincoln Park
    (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
  • Lincoln River
    (Victoria, Australia)
  • Lincoln City
    (Oregon, USA)
  • Lincoln National Forest
    (New Mexico, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Lincoln?

Lincoln means “town by the pool.” People with this name are often seen as thoughtful and strong-willed, with a natural ability to lead and inspire others.

What Is the Origin of The Name Lincoln?

Lincoln has English origins. The name comes from a city in England, which was originally called “Lindum Colonia” by the Romans. It means “town by the pool” and has a rich history associated with it.

Lincoln Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Lincoln in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#402020#412017#412018

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Lincoln

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202364
(-10 from 2022)
4842
(-776 from 2022)
0.26442
202254
(-9 from 2021)
5618
(-1073 from 2021)
0.29995
202145
(-5 from 2020)
6691
(-363 from 2020)
0.35712
202040
(+1 from 2019)
7054
(-415 from 2019)
0.38137
201941
No change from 2018
7469
(+65 from 2018)
0.38865
201841
No change from 2017
7404
(-791 from 2017)
0.38091
201741
(+10 from 2016)
8195
(+1069 from 2016)
0.41407
201651
(+15 from 2015)
7126
(+1126 from 2015)
0.35179
201566
(+21 from 2014)
6000
(+1177 from 2014)
0.29348
201487
(+8 from 2013)
4823
(+784 from 2013)
0.23536
201395
(+37 from 2012)
4039
(+1127 from 2012)
0.19988
2012132
(+47 from 2011)
2912
(+754 from 2011)
0.14351
2011179
(+20 from 2010)
2158
(+287 from 2010)
0.10623
2010199
(-10 from 2009)
1871
(-141 from 2009)
0.09107
2009189
(+22 from 2008)
2012
(+195 from 2008)
0.09486
2008211
(+13 from 2007)
1817
(+162 from 2007)
0.08333
2007224
(+77 from 2006)
1655
(+546 from 2006)
0.07472
2006301
(+194 from 2005)
1109
(+607 from 2005)
0.05058
2005495
(+60 from 2004)
502
(+89 from 2004)
0.02360
2004555
(-7 from 2003)
413
(+3 from 2003)
0.01954
2003548
(+62 from 2002)
410
(+81 from 2002)
0.01951
2002610
(+6 from 2001)
329
(+20 from 2001)
0.01592
2001616
(+94 from 2000)
309
(+62 from 2000)
0.01494
2000710
(+38 from 1999)
247
(+33 from 1999)
0.01183
1999748
(+130 from 1998)
214
(+49 from 1998)
0.01050
1998878
(+8 from 1997)
165
(+9 from 1997)
0.00814
1997886
(+11 from 1996)
156
(+7 from 1996)
0.00781
1996897
(-121 from 1995)
149
(-42 from 1995)
0.00744
1995776
(-7 from 1994)
191
(+4 from 1994)
0.00950
1994769
(+25 from 1993)
187
(+9 from 1993)
0.00917
1993794
(+49 from 1992)
178
(+22 from 1992)
0.00862
1992843
(-5 from 1991)
156
(+3 from 1991)
0.00743
1991838
(+17 from 1990)
153
(+10 from 1990)
0.00722
1990855
(+65 from 1989)
143
(+21 from 1989)
0.00664
1989920
(-62 from 1988)
122
No change from 1988
0.00582
1988858
(-22 from 1987)
122
(-2 from 1987)
0.00609
1987836
(+159 from 1986)
124
(+38 from 1986)
0.00636
1986995
(-172 from 1985)
86
(-31 from 1985)
0.00448
1985823
(-90 from 1984)
117
(-24 from 1984)
0.00608
1984733
(+91 from 1983)
141
(+29 from 1983)
0.00751
1983824
(-15 from 1982)
112
(-7 from 1982)
0.00601
1982809
(-5 from 1981)
119
No change from 1981
0.00631
1981804
(+107 from 1980)
119
(+24 from 1980)
0.00639
1980911
(-29 from 1979)
95
(-3 from 1979)
0.00512
1979882
(-2 from 1978)
98
(+3 from 1978)
0.00547
1978880
(-184 from 1977)
95
(-54 from 1977)
0.00556
1977696
(-29 from 1976)
149
(-2 from 1976)
0.00872
1976667
(+11 from 1975)
151
(+4 from 1975)
0.00925
1975678
(+96 from 1974)
147
(+39 from 1974)
0.00906
1974774
(+9 from 1973)
108
(+5 from 1973)
0.00662
1973783
(-105 from 1972)
103
(-37 from 1972)
0.00638
1972678
(-60 from 1971)
140
(-41 from 1971)
0.00836
1971618
(+66 from 1970)
181
(+35 from 1970)
0.00996
1970684
(+78 from 1969)
146
(+41 from 1969)
0.00766
1969762
(+100 from 1968)
105
(+34 from 1968)
0.00574
1968862
(-123 from 1967)
71
(-28 from 1967)
0.00400
1967739
(-48 from 1966)
99
(-16 from 1966)
0.00556
1966691
(-35 from 1965)
115
(-13 from 1965)
0.00633
1965656
(-102 from 1964)
128
(-74 from 1964)
0.00676
1964554
(+14 from 1963)
202
(+9 from 1963)
0.00997
1963568
(+80 from 1962)
193
(+51 from 1962)
0.00935
1962648
(+51 from 1961)
142
(+23 from 1961)
0.00676
1961699
(+126 from 1960)
119
(+34 from 1960)
0.00552
1960825
(+28 from 1959)
85
(+6 from 1959)
0.00393
1959853
(+36 from 1958)
79
(+7 from 1958)
0.00365
1958889
(-127 from 1957)
72
(-25 from 1957)
0.00334
1957762
(+118 from 1956)
97
(+25 from 1956)
0.00443
1956880
(-88 from 1955)
72
(-13 from 1955)
0.00335
1955792
(+100 from 1954)
85
(+17 from 1954)
0.00407
1954892
(-130 from 1953)
68
(-19 from 1953)
0.00329
1953762
(-41 from 1952)
87
(-8 from 1952)
0.00435
1952721
(+85 from 1951)
95
(+19 from 1951)
0.00481
1951806
(-70 from 1950)
76
(-11 from 1950)
0.00398
1950736
(-14 from 1949)
87
(-3 from 1949)
0.00478
1949722
(+67 from 1948)
90
(+15 from 1948)
0.00499
1948789
(-82 from 1947)
75
(-19 from 1947)
0.00421
1947707
(+60 from 1946)
94
(+19 from 1946)
0.00506
1946767
(-127 from 1945)
75
(-14 from 1945)
0.00454
1945640
(+72 from 1944)
89
(+13 from 1944)
0.00649
1944712
(-44 from 1943)
76
(-16 from 1943)
0.00547
1943668
(-16 from 1942)
92
(-4 from 1942)
0.00632
1942652
(-4 from 1941)
96
(+8 from 1941)
0.00682
1941648
(+81 from 1940)
88
(+18 from 1940)
0.00701
1940729
(-58 from 1939)
70
(-8 from 1939)
0.00590
1939671
(+23 from 1938)
78
(+2 from 1938)
0.00688
1938694
(-3 from 1937)
76
(+1 from 1937)
0.00669
1937691
(+7 from 1936)
75
(+3 from 1936)
0.00686
1936698
(-5 from 1935)
72
(-4 from 1935)
0.00677
1935693
(-70 from 1934)
76
(-16 from 1934)
0.00711
1934623
(-13 from 1933)
92
(+1 from 1933)
0.00866
1933610
(-10 from 1932)
91
(-5 from 1932)
0.00892
1932600
(-39 from 1931)
96
(-14 from 1931)
0.00893
1931561
(+111 from 1930)
110
(+24 from 1930)
0.01028
1930672
(-70 from 1929)
86
(-15 from 1929)
0.00761
1929602
(-73 from 1928)
101
(-29 from 1928)
0.00912
1928529
(+7 from 1927)
130
(-1 from 1927)
0.01139
1927536
(-30 from 1926)
131
(-13 from 1926)
0.01127
1926506
(+5 from 1925)
144
(+2 from 1925)
0.01257
1925511
(-17 from 1924)
142
(-14 from 1924)
0.01233
1924494
(+35 from 1923)
156
(+23 from 1923)
0.01334
1923529
(+91 from 1922)
133
(+25 from 1922)
0.01175
1922620
(-44 from 1921)
108
(-12 from 1921)
0.00960
1921576
(-53 from 1920)
120
(-17 from 1920)
0.01055
1920523
(+32 from 1919)
137
(+20 from 1919)
0.01245
1919555
(-21 from 1918)
117
(-11 from 1918)
0.01152
1918534
(-25 from 1917)
128
(+1 from 1917)
0.01221
1917509
(-11 from 1916)
127
(-4 from 1916)
0.01324
1916498
(+15 from 1915)
131
(+13 from 1915)
0.01419
1915513
(-35 from 1914)
118
(+15 from 1914)
0.01340
1914478
(+67 from 1913)
103
(+40 from 1913)
0.01507
1913545
(+29 from 1912)
63
(+14 from 1912)
0.01175
1912574
(-68 from 1911)
49
(+15 from 1911)
0.01085
1911506
(-50 from 1910)
34
(-2 from 1910)
0.01408
1910456
(-20 from 1909)
36
(+3 from 1909)
0.01726
1909436
(+130 from 1908)
33
(+13 from 1908)
0.01866
1908566
(+169 from 1907)
20
(+7 from 1907)
0.01202
1907735
(-188 from 1906)
13
(-5 from 1906)
0.00820
1906547
(-22 from 1905)
18
(-1 from 1905)
0.01249
1905525
(+62 from 1904)
19
(+4 from 1904)
0.01327
1904587
(+109 from 1903)
15
(+4 from 1903)
0.01083
1903696
(-175 from 1902)
11
(-6 from 1902)
0.00851
1902521
(+162 from 1901)
17
(+7 from 1901)
0.01281
1901683
(-149 from 1900)
10
(-10 from 1900)
0.00865
1900534
(-13 from 1899)
20
(+6 from 1899)
0.01234
1899521
(+283 from 1898)
14
(+6 from 1898)
0.01215
1898804
(-248 from 1897)
8
(-6 from 1897)
0.00606
1897556
(+36 from 1896)
14
(+1 from 1896)
0.01148
1896592
(-224 from 1895)
13
(-13 from 1895)
0.01007
1895368
(+300 from 1894)
26
(+16 from 1894)
0.02053
1894668
(-53 from 1893)
10
(-1 from 1893)
0.00801
1893615
(-135 from 1892)
11
(-6 from 1892)
0.00909
1892480
(-24 from 1891)
17
(+2 from 1891)
0.01293
1891456
(+77 from 1890)
15
(+2 from 1890)
0.01373
1890533
(-35 from 1889)
13
(-1 from 1889)
0.01086
1889498
(+7 from 1888)
14
(-1 from 1888)
0.01176
1888505
(+174 from 1887)
15
(+7 from 1887)
0.01155
1887679
(+166 from 1886)
8
(+2 from 1886)
0.00732
1886845
(-268 from 1885)
6
(-5 from 1885)
0.00504
1885577
(-50 from 1883)
11
(-1 from 1883)
0.00949
18840
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1883527
(-13 from 1882)
12
(-1 from 1882)
0.01067
1882514
(+352 from 1881)
13
(+8 from 1881)
0.01065
1881866
(-266 from 1880)
5
(-5 from 1880)
0.00462
1880600
First SSA data recorded
10
First SSA data recorded
0.00845

American States Popularity Rankings for Lincoln

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#772021#912022#1022023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#52021#102022#142023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#132021#182022#222023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#332021#372022#432023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#682021#912022#1082023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#72021#102022#112023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#782021#1122022#1262023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#392021#502022#632023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#132021#322022#252023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#312021#412022#502023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#132021#172022#282023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#172021#152022#342023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#562021#552022#582023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#202021#182022#252023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#222021#412022#422023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#122021#182022#182023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#482021#692022#632023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#682021#762022#822023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#492021#602022#652023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#522021#562022#752023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#422021#442022#602023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#182021#232022#232023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#152021#242022#482023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#322021#402022#592023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#282021#312022#322023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#822021#932022#792023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#522021#792022#822023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#152021#332022#222023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#682021#402022#882023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#342021#892022#962023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#1282021#1232022#1662023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#92021#92022#112023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#212021#542022#612023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#732021#852022#1222023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#62021#172022#172023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#442021#332022#472023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#842021#722022#1032023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#202021#292022#182023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#102021#152022#222023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#662021#862022#1562023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#72021#202022#312023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#202021#212022#702023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#612021#1142022#1222023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#292021#622022#1892023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#552021#1832022#902023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#42021#202022#232023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#572021#842022#662023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#312021#132022#662023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#492021#702022#362023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#1752021#1812022#1272023

Popularity Rankings for Lincoln in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#272021#402022#592023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#332021#472022#842023

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

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Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#682021#642022#762023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#1412019#1492020#1642021

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#3262021#2342022#3952023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#3692020#3012021#3002022

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#4372021#3922022#3662023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#4542021#5092022#6602023

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#6452022#6522023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Lincoln a Name for Boys or Girls?

Lincoln is a boy’s name. Its strong and historical associations, along with its traditional use for boys, make it a popular choice for males.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Lincoln

Lincoln in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Abraham Lincoln (Politician, 1809–1865): The 16th President of the United States, known for leading the country during the Civil War and emancipating the slaves.
  • Lincoln Chafee (Politician, born 1953): An American politician who has served as a U.S. Senator, Governor of Rhode Island, and mayor of Warwick.
  • Lincoln Peirce (Cartoonist, born 1963): An American cartoonist and author, best known for creating the comic strip "Big Nate."
  • Lincoln Steffens (Journalist, 1866–1936): An American investigative journalist and one of the leading muckrakers of the Progressive Era.
  • Lincoln Brewster (Musician, born 1971): An American contemporary Christian musician and worship pastor.
  • Lincoln Melcher (Actor, born 2003): An American actor known for his roles in "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" and "Bunk'd."
  • "Lincoln" (2012 Film): Follows President Abraham Lincoln as he navigates the tumultuous political landscape to pass the Thirteenth Amendment.
  • Lincoln Burrows ("Prison Break," 2005 TV Series): A man wrongfully convicted of murder who is aided by his brother in escaping from prison.
  • "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011 Film): Centers on a defense attorney who works out of his Lincoln Town Car while taking on various cases.
  • Lincoln Campbell ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," 2013 TV Series): An Inhuman with the ability to manipulate electricity.
  • Lincoln Hawk ("Over the Top," 1987 Film): A truck driver and arm-wrestler who fights to win the affection of his estranged son.
  • Lincoln Loud ("The Loud House," 2016 TV Series): The only boy in a family with ten sisters, navigating the chaos of daily life.
  • "Lincoln in the Bardo" (2017 Novel by George Saunders): A narrative about the ghost of Abraham Lincoln's son, Willie, and his experiences in the afterlife.
  • Lincoln Potter ("Sons of Anarchy," 2008 TV Series): An Assistant U.S. Attorney known for his unorthodox methods in taking down the biker gang.
  • "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector" (2020 TV Series): Follows a retired forensic criminologist tracking down a notorious serial killer.
  • Lincoln Six Echo ("The Island," 2005 Film): A man who discovers that he is a clone and escapes from a facility to seek the truth about his existence.
  • Lincoln City (Nebraska, USA): The capital city of Nebraska, known for its vibrant arts scene and the University of Nebraska.
  • Lincoln Park (Chicago, Illinois, USA): A large park along Lake Michigan, famous for its zoo, conservatory, and museums.
  • Lincoln River (Victoria, Australia): A river in Victoria known for its scenic beauty and recreational fishing.
  • Lincoln City (Oregon, USA): A coastal city known for its beautiful beaches, kite festivals, and outdoor activities.
  • Lincoln National Forest (New Mexico, USA): A national forest known for its diverse ecosystems, hiking trails, and the birthplace of Smokey Bear.
  • Lincoln Bay (Antarctica): A bay located on the coast of Victoria Land, noted for its glacial formations and scientific research stations.
  • Lincoln Street (Boston, Massachusetts, USA): A historic street known for its architecture and cultural heritage in the city's South End.
  • Lincoln Township (Kansas, USA): A township in Cloud County, known for its rural charm and agricultural community.
  • Lincoln Island (British Columbia, Canada): An island in the Pacific Ocean known for its pristine environment and wildlife.
  • Lincoln Highway (USA): One of the first transcontinental highways for automobiles, spanning from New York to San Francisco.

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