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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Linda
This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Linda in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the girl's name Linda:
Records indicate that 1,449,391 girls in the United States have been named Linda since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 99,534 people in the U.S. were given the name Linda. Those people are now 71 years old.
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Comments about the name Linda
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44 Positive Comments
"It's my name and also the name of 7 neighbours in an apartment complex of 65. Often we had to go by our name & middle initial in school. I'm quite happy my mother didn't give me my grandmother's name - Nellie. Imagine the nicknames." Jun. 6, 2017:
"i like my name soooooooooooooooooo much am 65 years old" Mar. 16, 2017:
"I'm called Linda and I love my name. I insist on being called Linda and not Lynn or Lin. Its a beautiful name and looks nice written down. I asked my daughters to call their daughters middle names Linda I got a big fat "NO! its too old fashioned" and they "don't like it"" Sep. 17, 2016:
"My name is Linda. I was born in 1952. I was told I was named after an actress Linda Christian who my dad probably had a thing for." May. 24, 2016:
"The name Linda is beautiful,, sweet, adorable, intelligent, kind, caring, sophisticated and pretty. It's my name and I am all of these things! i believe your name really makes you who you are! I am glad my parents named me Linda in 1965!" Jan. 25, 2016:
"Born 1963. I feel old with the name, but I also like the way it sounds. I think it will make a huge comeback starting in about 5 years. The trend will probably start with a celebrity who chooses the name for their child. It's a pretty sounding name with a retro vibe so it is well poised for a comeback." Sep. 14, 2015:
"I just uploaded a picture of a group of 42 women named Linda in front of the Linda fire station :-)
If your name is Linda/Lynda you can join the L.I.N.D.A. club.
Visit www.lindaclub.org" Jul. 28, 2015:
"My name is Linda. I haven't meant other Linda's when going to school. But I do see a street named Linda Square which is very amusing. Even though I don't see many names like this I would like to see at least one person with my name so that I wont be the only one with the name Linda in this year." Jun. 15, 2015:
"Linda, a perfect name. Easy to say, easy to spell. It has a great meaning - beautiful. And it rhymes with nothing. Go ahead think about it, mean kids will not be able to create a mean rhyme using Linda. The name Lisa has the same attribute. "I hate Kate" "Kirk is a jerk" "Tracy is spacey"" Mar. 27, 2015:
"I love my name Linda due to being named after my Godmother who made a major impact in my life. I don't really meet a lot of Linda's but when I do, We get along fine." Jan. 19, 2015:
"My name is Linda emala. I was born in 1992. I love my name so much.In my country(India) the name Linda is very very rare." Oct. 25, 2014:
"I LoVe My name L1NDA ,meaning beautiful.pretty. in spanish i always get complimented by people saying my parents chose well in nameing me L1NDA fits me well.I love the way it sounds in spanish.Lots of spanish songs have my name in it n my middle name is Lucy i love it as well Lucy means light so my meaning is pretty light ;-) i like that. Like the pretty sunrise n the pretty light it gives off,In spanish it sounds so pretty Linda Luz,Thanks Mom n Dad i wouldn't have it any other way its a special meaning to me." Oct. 11, 2014:
"I was born in 1949 and yes I went to school with a lot of Linda's. I was named after a song from the 40's "I walk with my arm's around Linda" Buddy Clarke & Ray Noble - Linda it became a popular son in the 60's again recorded by Jan and Dean I believe in 63. My best friend that I knew for over 30 years was Linda Anne same middle name mine just didn't have the "e" lost her a couple of years back." Jun. 30, 2014:
"I was born in 1991 and I absolutely love my name. I love how my name is both easy to pronounce both in English and in Spanish. -Linda" Apr. 5, 2014:
"My name is Linda and I was born Dec 28, 1963. My parents almost named me Diane. When I was One, I was at The White House for a Christmas Party. My dad was a White House Police Officer. My grandmother was holding me and a women came up to me and patted by head and asked what my name was. My grandmother said "Linda". The women asked if I was named after the President's daughter, Lynda B. Johnson. My grandmother said she did not think so. My grandmother had no idea that it was Lynda Johnson who patted my head. It made the newspapers. There were always a couple of Linda's in my class throughout school. But as I approach 50, I only find a few people with that name. I have not heard of anyone being named Linda since the 70s. I love my name. I have found that children have a hard time saying Linda." Dec. 10, 2013:
"My first serious girl friend was named Linda and two other girl friends after her were named Linda. Haven't met any others since as far as I can remember but holds fond memories for me!" Aug. 27, 2013:
"Hi I am a Linda but some people call me Lynn. I dont mind that though. I was born in 1965 and my mum said she named me after the actress Linda Darnell. I like my name and it suits me and it sounds nice when you say it." Aug. 3, 2013:
"I am a Linda and have always loved my name. Love the meaning, love how it sounds, love how it is written. My mom had a dream that she named me Linda, so that makes it even more special for me. :)" Jun. 6, 2013:
"I love my name, Linda. I was born in 1965. My parents had two sons before me but if wither one of them had been a girl, they would have had my name. It is a beautiful, cool, now retro sounding name." Apr. 27, 2013:
"I love it I hope it makes a comeback what a cool name Linda is!" Nov. 3, 2012:
"I have an 8-month-old daughter, and I named her Linda. She is named after her paternal grandmother who passed away at a fairly young age. I love my daughter's name! It suits her very well, as she is very beautiful! Everyone knows it, but nobody her age is named it. Anytime I tell people her name, they almost always say, "Wow, you never hear that name anymore!" I'm sure it will make a comeback one day....seems like people are always on the lookout for pretty 'retro' names." Oct. 10, 2012:
"It is an awesome name ! I love it ! People call me Lin for short and some just call me straight by it. Some also calls me Linny/Linniee but I love my name ! Not many people these days have this name which makes it so speacial. It meants beautiful/pretty. <3" Aug. 21, 2012:
"Overall I like the name. I was born in '67 so most Linda's I meet are a little bit older than I am. I do get the line...oh your name means beautiful in Spanish which is nice. I've at times felt it was boring but it does stand out as there aren't that many people with my name. I have a pretty unique last name so that makes up for my more neutral first name." Jul. 7, 2012:
"My name is Linda, and I have always liked it a lot. My Dad named me. The only problem I had was my Godmother who is also my aunt used to insist on spelling it Lynda. That is a pretty way to spell it but it is not me!! I get compliments on my name from time to time. My husband likes it too." May. 5, 2012:
"My name is Linda and I have to admit I use to hate it and think it was such a boring name but I grew up to love it! I love how it means pretty in spanish." Feb. 25, 2012:
"My name is Linda and I love it, Does anyone know of any get-together groups for all Linda's" Nov. 2, 2011:
"I really adore my name, it isn't very common and It is just a beautiful name. My husband said my parent's couldn't have picked a more perfect and fitting name for me." Oct. 19, 2011:
"My is Linda and I love the name my parents gave me in 1948. I had five friends in high school who were also named Linda. One of them also had the same last name. Only our middle names were different. That was a bit confusing. I wish I had been more interested in my family tree back then. We may have been related." Apr. 2, 2011:
"my name is linda and i was born in 1996 i LOVE my name not many people my name have it and so im remembered not like the millions of emilys or hannahs that are in my school that are always confuzed with one another. im the only linda in there so im never confuzed with anyone else. i like my name is retro :)" Jan. 3, 2011:
"My mom went into labor and was rushed to the hospital. My dad left work and was driving there when he heard a song about not being able to sleep for "Thinking About Linda." So that is what I was named and I love it." Dec. 2, 2010:
"I've been surrounded by Lindas. My first lady friend in the 1970s was a LYnda. A future lady friend was a LInda! A sister-in-law was named Linda! Names come in cycles and indeed this one did!!" Aug. 19, 2010:
"My parents named me Linda in 1959.They thought it was an exotic name; my father heard it in Panama when he was stationed there in the Navy. When I lived in Brazil people thought it was funny. If you say "My name is Linda" in Portuguese it means "My name is beautiful". So people say, "what is this beautiful name of yours", or sometimes men will flirt, "Hi Beauty, I'm the Beast" or "Hi Beauty, this is my friend Ugly!" Sometimes men passed by and leaned out of their cars yelling "Leeeeen-dahhh!" It was as if they knew my name! But in school there were 8 other Lindas in my class." Apr. 28, 2010:
"Yep--I'm a Linda--I was born in 1951 when it was popular. Now it is rare to find another Linda. The upside is that I am able to call people on the phone and when I say Linda-they know who it is!!! When I was in grade there were two Linda's in my class." Jul. 6, 2009:
"I love the name Linda. I was born in 1979 and all of my friend's mother's share my name, but I have never met a Linda my age!" Oct. 19, 2008:
"My name is Linda and I was born in 1988. I like my name even thou I don't have many nicnames but the ones I have I like, like linna and Linn. I think the name sounds simple but beautiful and its just right for me. :)" Apr. 13, 2008:
"My daughter, who was born in 2004, was named Linda, not after anyone we knew but because the name is so beautiful! We don't know any other "young" Linda's which is another reason we chose it." Dec. 6, 2007:
"My daughter Linda was born in 1982. Even though it was not a very popular name in the 80's I named her after she was born and I saw her. She was 'Beautiful' (Spanish meaning), 'Soft and Tender' (Germanic meaning) and still is today. She likes the fact that every second person doesn't have her name." Oct. 28, 2007:
"I just had a little girl, and I named her Linda. It is not a common name and that's why I named her Linda. This name means beautiful in Spanish,and she is. I hope she grows up to like it-Miami,Fl" May. 20, 2007:
"Linda is my name, I love it, my parents chose the name because it means "pretty". My parents wanted a beautiful name for a little girl. I often meet other women with the same name." May. 2, 2007:
"I was born in 1980 making the name uncommon at the time for my generation, to this day i only know one Linda close to my age.. made it really easy when someone said Linda at a party or school." Aug. 30, 2006:
"I named my daughter "Linda" in 1994. I wanted a name that was pretty, flexible, easy to spell and pronounce, but not very common for 1994 babies. Linda has met all the criteria, and she likes her name.
The only problem is that sometimes people confuse us and call ME Linda. I was born in 1956, when Linda was a very common name." Jun. 13, 2006:
"It is a great name to have. Easily spelled, pronounced, and usually people of hispanic origin always come up to me and ask me if I know what it means. They proceed to tell me it means "beautiful". I do not meet others with the same name frequently. I was born in 1963.
Linda" Jul. 18, 2005:
"This is my name, and I really do like it. I don't hear alot of people called Linda, which works well for me, since I prefer having a somewhat uncommon name. I thought I was naming my daughter something equally uncommon, but not unusual - but it turns out, it's becoming quite popular. So disappointing!" Jul. 10, 2005:
"My Dad loved Linda Darnell, the actress, hence my name." Jul. 8, 2005:
6 Negative Comments
"I was born in 1949 supposedly named after a singer Linda Darnell? I would change my name if I could. There are so many women my age group with the same name and many of them seem to work in the grocery store. Nothing wrong with the job but the poor gals working there are approx. 65 years old with little hope of retirement." Apr. 16, 2015:
"I never really liked my name, Linda. I am born in 1969 and it is just really old fashioned. I didn't grow up with many Linda's. There are worse names but there are many more I wished I had. At least I will be remembered more than a common name in school, so one good thing I guess." Oct. 5, 2014:
"I remember when I was 4 or 5 years old I insisted that everyone called me "Honey." I knew at an early age that I didn't like my name (Linda) and I still don't. I like names that are more exotic or have some interesting historical significance like biblical names. I like names that mean something--not just the latest fad." Dec. 1, 2010:
"I'm 22 and my name is Linda. Every time I meet someone my age they say "Oh I have an aunt named linda!" or "That's my grandma's name!" Makes me feel old-fashioned and homely." Nov. 23, 2009:
"HATE IT ...ITS MY NAME AND IS SO COMMON I WAS BORN IN THE 50'S AND THERE WAS 8 LINDAS IN MY CLASS AT SCHOOL COULD OUR MOTHERS NOT HAVE USED THEIR IMAGINATION A LITTLE ?" Nov. 6, 2007:
"I hate it! I was born in 1957 and since the first day of Kindergarten I have never been the only Linda anywhere! I don't have to worry about being stranded on an island because another Linda is sure to appear!" May. 19, 2006:
36 Neutral Comments
"Born in 1982 growing up i always hated my name. Named after my dads mother my grandma and was not even close to her. wasn't until last year that i like my name now and i hope 1 of my 2 daughter's name their daughter linda after me one day." Jan. 13, 2018:
"My name is Linda I was born in 1991 I have yet to meet many girls near my age named Linda I was named after my nana. I can say though many people have said the name Linda suits me well cause of the personality of Linda?s is kind caring sweet beautiful loving and I have been told I have all of these characteristics I love my name regardless if people think it?s old fashioned or not." Dec. 16, 2017:
"Born in 1952, I believe my mother picked Linda. My father, searching for a middle name, used the alphabet for inspiration. He wanted to use "K" as my middle name. My mother insisted I would be explaining that K was my name, and not an initial, for the rest of my life. So I became Linda Kay. My mom's reasoning seemed to make sense when I was young but when I reached my teens, I thought K would have given me some distinction. Linda was much too common. Also I could have had fun irritating the people who found a one letter name difficult to comprehend. I could have made up a new name that starts with k every time someone asked.
I had a classmate named Linda a couple of times. One of my best friends in first grade was a Linda. We were opposites, much to my delight. I was blue-eyed and very, very blonde. She had the beautiful, straight, black hair and almond eyes of the East (I don't know which nationality).
My father used to imitate a neighbor's child who pronounced my name with a Spanish accent. I think he thought it cute, but it irritated me. I would not even have noticed the spanish way of saying Linda except for him. He also told me what Linda meant in spanish. I liked the meaning.
My father's mother always spelled my name Lynda Kay. This irritated my mom a lot but I liked it. The spelling made my name more exotic, different. And she always said my first and middle name together. This also my my name more unique. I always wished I had a name less common, unique even.
When I grew up, married, and moved to another state, I decided to give myself a new name. I never expected those who called me Linda to change, but whenever I was introduced to someone new as Linda, I would quickly say, call me Lin. It worked great. Soon everyone except my husband called me Lin. I noticed my family sometimes said Lin, too, but when they wrote my name Linda.
What really ticked me off was when someone wrote my name as Lynn, especially when I told them better, more than once sometimes. When I applied for a new phone, one person wrote Lynn even while I spelled it out-loud, L-i-n. I learned to not say my name at all, but to just spell it when applying for anything. Now that I am older, I really don't care. If someone is taking my information for something important, I make them spell it correctly. If it is for something like a fast food order, I just say Lin and do not spell it.
When I had surgery, the anesthesiologist wanted to know whether I would be more likely to respond to Linda or Lin. It was very important, he said, because he needed me to wake up after the surgery. I could only say either one. I respond to both equally. He found that hard to believe.
Lately I have not told doctors or other business people to call me Lin. It is simpler to just use Linda if it is necessary for their record. I like Linda a lot better than I used to anyway." Nov. 6, 2017:
"Mom read a book with the female named Linda. She liked the name and decided if she ever had a daughter that is what she wanted to name her. I was born in 1947 and the song ?Linda? by Buddy Clark came out in 1946 and everyone One and their brother named daughter Linda.
When I go to sleep
I never count sheep
I count all the charms about Linda" Oct. 31, 2017:
"I was born in 1958 My Dad chose my name Lynda. I love my name." Feb. 12, 2017:
"I was born in 1947. I was named after a famous actress that my Dad thought was pretty, Linda Darnell. I like my name but my siblings all have "ie" at the end of their names. "IE" names sound cute when you are little. I had to grow up a little to like the "duh" at the end of my name. I feel that being a Linda is like being in a special club of baby boomers." Oct. 12, 2016:
"I was born in 1957 and named Linda. My sister who was 18 mths older than me was named Tina. People thought we were twins because our names sorta sounded alike. I never really thought Linda was a bad name but in school it was a popular name. It's a pretty-sounding name, and my middle name was Kathleen. I was always thankful that I was given that as a middle name as it was my mother's middle name. After all, she could have given me her first name which was Gertrude. Ugh!! Never liked the sound of that name. I am happy to know that others are naming their daughters Linda because it is a pretty name! To the Lindas of the world "Unite"!!" Oct. 4, 2016:
"I am the 1948 version. There were 4 Lindas in my 1st grade class, 5 in the 2nd grade. In the 3rd grade I began to use my middle name and used it the rest of the way through school, though my family always called me Linda. My parents named me for the song and they loved the name. It took me until my 40's to reconcile myself to my name. By then, we Lindas could recognize each other as baby boomers. But, it made me very uptight about naming my own children because I realized just how easy it is to give a name they don't necessarily like. The most fun I have had with my name is belly dancing with another Linda and using the name Dos Lindas." May. 15, 2015:
"Born in 1948. Tons of Lindas! In my classes, churches and neighborhood. I often wish my parents could have just called me "Lynn" why did they have to add the "DUH"?? Makes me feel dumb. Lin DUH." Oct. 28, 2014:
"Do not like it at all never have. Especially when the meaning is pronounced in Spanish" Jul. 20, 2014:
"The girl name Linda . . . In late the 1940s there was a catchy tune called Linda & the refrain went "Lil-lil-lil-lil-lililil-linda!" so when my parents were expecting me, their 6th and running out of names, they (I guess liked the song and ) decided that if I were a girl I would either be named Karen or Linda, and they went with the latter. Growing up there were plenty of peers with my name, but I didn't mind then. I married a Scandinavian & have lived in my husband's homeland for 40 years. When I came here it was in vogue that summer that many girl babies were named Linda, but since then the name seems to have disappeared into the woodwork.
Many years ago I heard that men like to say names that begin with "L", a soft sound that moves the tongue like licking. Never heard this told since, but the thought pops up now and then. Mothers do well in selecting a name that gives and extra charm to it, we can't get enough charm certainly- & Linda has a non-serious sounding ring to it. Might put some people at ease, who knows.
Advice: namewise find something with a softness. Forget naming your daughter something hardwood like Atwood or Morgan (no offence to anybody) they're probably not going to do better in school being named Emerson.
Gretchen has a hard ring to it, and incidently my middle name is Gretchen. Which I have not really enjoyed, but my mother's name was Gisela, which my German grandmother pronounced "Geese-ulla"
Deep Down we have to believe that most parents have surely given a great deal of thought in picking out a name for their offspring.
i like to think so, anyway... on the other hand I ran into a family in Illinois that named their dachsund Gretchen.
And, well, here in Europe I've also heard Linda used as a dog's name!
For a while I thought it might be advantageous to change my name to something with more punch or clout, but why bother?" Mar. 20, 2014:
"I was born in 1950 and called Linda never liked it as a child but now I have come to like it as I have only ever come across one other Linda but spelt with a y . At school there was never another Linda . Come on you other Linda 's where are you ? Should start a Linda club ." Apr. 22, 2013:
"My last name is Linda. Bob Linda. Im in the military so The Drill instructor had some fun with it but im proud of my name" Nov. 30, 2012:
"my name is Linda, I have always liked my name most people shorten it, I never say anything but I prefer to keep my name as Linda I was born in 1960." Oct. 10, 2012:
"Itís interesting how you state in your prifole that you were not involved in the new high school boundary decision making process however your home resides within the new high schoolís boundaries. I might add that your home (based on public information) is much further than mine and I am walking distance to the new school but yet my children cannot attend it due to the way the boundaries were set. It was a travesty the way the entire boundary issue was handled and completely reeks of favoritism by Superintendent Smith. Itís not a big secret that the Superintendent always favored one boundary scenario and now I can only wonder if it was to reward those that worked on passing his bond measure other pet projects. Just to let you know, I also voted for approval of the bond measure and that is what infuriates me even more. To have been fooled into thinking that this measure would benefit the entire community after the new high school was built. In actuality this was not the case and only a select few benefited. I am not pointing any fingers but I would like to remind you that now that you have been elected to the City Council you are here to serve the ENTIRE community. This is something that Superintendent Smith and the former school board completely lost sight of back when they decided on the new high school boundaries. Thanks for listening." Jul. 10, 2012:
"My name is Linda and I dont like it, its very plain" Jul. 8, 2011:
"The name Linda is from the Spanish word meaning beautiful, which I am. I was born in 1943, and I have five Linda & Lynda friends.
Keep the name going, it's a beauty!" May. 4, 2011:
"I am a LYNDA and really hate it when people do nto speel it correctly!" Sep. 10, 2010:
"I'm Linda, in the 8th grade there were 9 Linda B's, I was born in 1951...so many Lindas, Brendas, Melindas, Belindas, even Lucindas..." Jul. 5, 2010:
"I was born in 1970 and only knew 1 Linda in Junior High and 1 in High School. Here in California, most people know it means beautiful and I LOVE it when they say I match my name (awwww). I actually love that it can NOT be shortened (Linn is a whole different name=Lynn) and my dad use to always call me Lindalou (and it's in a song by Lynerd/Skynerd- that was cool). I have yet to meet a baby with my name :(" Oct. 16, 2009:
"I m LINDA KAY from 1951
what i want to know is who do you know named LYNDIA which I am told is the origination of the name from Troy and "The Gods"???
Right that there are d***ed few LINDA's and we are ALL BEAUTIFUL!!
I learned that BEAUTIFUL is the meaning of my name when in US "third grade" when a S.A. embassy group visited my grade school!
One of them said to me, AHHHH LINDA but it was more LYYYNDDAA~
Thanks for your help`
We LINDA's might be a "code group" for Let's save the world and we know how~~
Linda from Colorado
1951!" Oct. 10, 2009:
"Born in '82. Never had a problem with the name, it's quite a challenge to try to make fun of it... never happened to me growing up! I liked the fact that I was always the only Linda. I only met one other Linda in high school. Apart from that my best friend's mom was Linda, and we called her 'Mrs. Linda' :) I personally can't stand it if anyone calls me 'Lin', but it rarely happens. A select few call me Lindle :)" Oct. 9, 2009:
"I am a Linda also. I was born in '58. What I want to know is if anybody out there acts like a "Linda"? I am very free-spirited, spontanious and a bit crazy at times. I have a blast whenever I'm out. My kids think I'm a nut which makes a wonderful close bond between us. I always use the saying "there is nothing you could do, that I haven't done myself!!! I have a many friends and one particular one that I'm close to is Linda!" Aug. 23, 2009:
"My name is Linda and I was born in 71. There was only one other Linda I knew while growing up. My parents were going to name me Jennifer but at the last minute changed it to Linda because it wasn't as popular. I'm glad they did. I love my name... Linda Elizabeth. My family calls me Liz and my close friends call me Lin." Jul. 12, 2009:
"I was born in 1945, I was born in Scotland ns literally didn't meet another Linda until I came to the U.S. when I ws Eighteen. My Miaden name is Lee and my parents wanted a to give me anunusaul name and a double monogram. My name is Linda Lee. I'e always liked. My problem was mu middle name "edith" for my paternal Grandmother, but I even like it now, it is a very old name, mediaval really and it honors my Grammy whom I loved." May. 11, 2009:
"My name is Linda. I've only ever met 3-4 other people with my name. One in high school and the others are all at least 10 years older than me. I was born in 1968. My parents named me that because they just liked the name and my mother didn't know anyone with that name. She's from PA. I've learned since then that it was a popular southern name which works well, because I was born and raised in TX!!" Mar. 17, 2009:
"yeah my name is also Linda,I was born in 1988.Though Linda is not popular name nowadays but I really do like it.But someone who isnt so beautiful and have this name they probably can be anxious cuz in spanish it means beautiful" Jul. 29, 2008:
"Linda is a beautiful name and i would definately name my daughter this(if i was old enough lol)" Mar. 6, 2008:
"What's to say..... I was named Linda in 1945 a popular yr. for the name. My father had never heard of the name before then. There were a couple other Lindas in high school and now I find one occassionaly but never on a neew born. I would be more than honored if any of my children would have a daughter and named her Linda. I was named that by my parents who loved me and I see no reason to hate my name. A person is more apt to be accepted for who they are not what their name is." Jan. 26, 2008:
"I was born in 1956 in Montreal, Canada and my parents named me Lynda and I prefer this spelling to that of Linda. Most people's names are given because it will suit them so for the Linda born in 1990 think of who you are and see what your assets are, for the people who carry the name Lynda or Linda, will most certainly be attractive in looks or have an attractive personality, your own personal beauty and maybe you are soft and tender of nature also. I'm not so sure though about serpents and lime trees as I have just read an article about the name Linda and Melinda. In appears that in 1830 English speaking Americans running into Spanish Mexican culture began naming their daughters Malinda, spanish for "my pretty girl". Then Melinda appears as a variant and by the late 1800's crossed over into British usage and never appeared as Malinda. Linda then appeared as a standard name in the 1940's and was probably as a result of modernising, by shortening the name Melinda. I am still trying to get to the bottom of where the spelling of Lynda truly came from." Jan. 10, 2008:
"My name and I was born in 1990 *sigh*. It's an ok name, but it's odd for a teenager, and hard to nickname. I don't know anyone my age with that name, and whenever I meet someone who has it they are 40-60. I wasn't even named after anyone special so it's not like my parents had an excuse. I would almost rather have an uncommon name (as long as it isn't impossible to spell) then such an "old-fashioned" one. My preference would probably be something moderately common name like Rachel, Rebecca, Catherine (that one is a little old fashioned but I know plenty of people with it and it can be shortened to Cathy)...or maybe Elizabeth since it has like 1,000,000 nickname options. I'm just not that found of Linda. Still, I guess there's worse names." Dec. 25, 2007:
"I was born in 1951. As a young girl, no other Linda's in my class until high school then quite a few. I work in a large company; just alone in my department there are five Linda's; all women of the 50's. It took me a long time to like my name. I'm usually called Mom, Nana or Honey, so Linda is okay." Nov. 13, 2007:
"well my one of my bfs name is linda and she i svery beautiful"