Linden

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

Variants:

  • Lindon
  • Lyndon

 

 

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Linda

Origin: Germanic, Spanish, Portuguese

Meaning: Linda was originally a short form of Germanic element linde or lindi meaning “soft, tender” or “linden tree, lime tree” though it could also be associated with Germanic lind meaning “serpent, dragon, snake”.

Linda is also the Spanish and Portuguese word for “beautiful”.

Linda is also the name of the mother of Kalevipoeg in Estonian mythology.

Variants:

  • Lynda
  • Lindy
  • Lindi
  • Lindie
  • Lind
  • Linza (Old Germanic form of Linda)