Linden comes from a surname as well as a place name meaning “linden tree” or “lime tree” from Germanic element lind, which comes from Proto-Germanic *lindo meaning “soft, tender, flexible”. It was used to refer to someone who lived near a lime/linden tree.

Spelled Lindon, or Lyndon, it comes from an Old English surname derived from a place name meaning “flax hill” from Old English lin (flax) and dun (hill).

Origin: Proto-Germanic



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  1. I love Linden, but where I live lindens are non-native street trees, which, while lovely, isn’t the direction I’d be going in for a tree name. I’m kind of partial to Tamarack.


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