Linken is a variant spelling of Lincoln, a surname derived from a place name. It comes from Brythonic *lindo meaning “pool, lake” combined with Latin colonia “colony” from colōnus (farmer; colonist) derived from PIE *kʷel- (to move; to turn around). Linken is also a German word meaning “left”. It also seems to be a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Line which is a short form of Caroline, the feminine form of Charles which is derived from Germanic Karl from Proto-Germanic *karilaz meaning “free man”, used to refer to men who were not thralls or servants but who still lived at the bottom of society so it connotes the idea of a free man.
Origin: Brythonic, Proto-Indo-European
- Lincoln (English)