Linda: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Linda

Linda

Pronunciation: LIN-də (key)

Origin of the name Linda:

Of various derivations, Linda is formed from the Spanish linda (beautiful, pretty). It is also a short form of any of the Germanic compound names containing the element lind (tender, soft, weak). Alternatively, Linda is used as a short form of Belinda, which is a name of uncertain origin.

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Related Names:

Lindy, Lynda, Lynn

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Comments and insights on the name Linda: | Edit

It is my mother's name and sounds very much of her generation. But my niece is Anna Linda which sounds fresher.

Linda is an example of how much a name can date a person. All Lindas seem to be between 45 and 65.

Growing up in the 80's-90's in Australia, there were quite a few Lindas in my classes, so I don't see it as an 'older' name.

Personal experiences with the name Linda: | Edit

Being a 20-something with a 60-something name I've never been especially fond of it....but I'm used to it so I couldn't really imagine being anyone else!

Nicknames for Linda: | Edit

Lynn, Lindy, Lindy-Lou

Meanings and history of the name Linda: | Edit

The name Linda means "beautiful"in Spanish but has a Germanic origin meaning soft, tender. It's also Teutonic (Old German) for 'serpent' or 'lithe as a serpent'. In Afrikaans it means 'wait'. In Kiswahili it means to guard, protect or defend.

Famous real-life people named Linda: | Edit

Linda Evans, Dynasty actress
Linda Lovelace, porn star
Linda Lavin, "Alice" actress
Linda McCartney, wife of Paul McCartney
Linda Ronstadt--singer
Linda Scott 60's singer of "Ive told every little star"

Linda in song, story & screen: | Edit

Linda Lee Danvers, Supergirl's human name (DC comics)
Songs:
"Linda lu "written by blues artist Ray Sharpe
"Linda" sung by Buddy Clark,& Jan and Dean
"Oh Linda" sung by Gordon Lightfoot
"The lovely Linda" by Paul Mccartney
"Lynda,( Do You Wanna Dance?)Steve Wariner
"Bella Linda" The Grass Roots
"Linda on my mind " Conway Twitty
"Where is Linda" Curtis Little
"My Sweet Linda" Eric Stone
"Little Miss Linda" Mac Curtis
"Linda Lou " Kenny and The BeeBops
"Linda Darling" The Hawking Brothers
"Linda is the girl for me" Rikki Troy
"Linda" Tulsa tradition
"Baby Linda" Porter Wagoner
"Lady Linda" The Beach Boys
"Don't listen to Linda" The monkeys
"A Linda Song" Barry Manilow
"Oh Linda" Gordon Lightfoot
Linda Hanson, in the 2007 film "Premonition"
Linda Lue Linden, in the 1993 film "The Thing Called Love"

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