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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Lynn

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Lynn in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Lynn:

  • Records indicate that 51,022 boys in the United States have been named Lynn since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 1,778 people in the U.S. were given the name Lynn. Those people are now 73 years old.

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    Comments about the name Lynn

    69% Approval Rating
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      9 Positive Comments

  • "I'm a male "Lynn", born early 50's. I'm named after my uncle (middle name Lynn), who was named after his uncle (first name Lynn). I gave my oldest son Lynn as his middle name. It's mostly unique (in the year that I was born about 1600 males were given the first name Lynn) - much better, in my opinion, than Bill or Bob. Coincidentally, my second wife (who I met when I was 36) had named her son Lynn, 22 years earlier! Yes I get mail addressed to Ms. Lynn Xxxxx, but that way I immediately know that it's junk mail!!" Dec. 13, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi I?m proud of my name Lyn. It was quite popular in West Wales. I know quite a few men called Lyn, lynn, and lynne. I?ve never been teased and would recommend the name for a boy." Nov. 28, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in Iowa in the late 50's and there were a lot of male "Lynn's" (classmates, counsins, etc). But outside of that area I found out it was less common. I have met other Lynn's but also could count on 1-2 hands. I wouldn't trade for any other name though. Much better than Dave or Mike or Steve or..." Oct. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "The drawbacks of being named Lynn. (I have never disliked my name, but it has come with a price.) 1. I don't know how many times I've had to correct people when I tell them my name is Lynn (even having to spell it out) because they thought I said "Glen." 2. Unless someone has actually met me or spoken to me on the phone, they assume I'm female. They usually tell me that they thought I was a woman. (I do the same thing, and it's my own dang name!😁) 3. I have never met someone named Lynn (who was male) who was younger than me, and I'm in my 40s. The number of men I've known with that name, I could count on one hand. At a travel stop in Alabama, the cashier had the same name as me, as did the guy standing behind me! I should have taken a picture. The odds of that happening are astronomical!" Aug. 31, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I?m 60, male, and my middle name is Lyn...and I go by this name. People remember me easily and I?ve met other men with the same name, but not many. I like my unique name." Jun. 14, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Lynn and people always assume it's a girls name. I've always argued that it's more common for guys (I know more guys with the middle name Lynn than girls), but from this website I see that's not the case. I'm 30 and named after my granddad named Deward Lynn. I like Lynn as a middle name since it's unique, not sure I would like it as a first name..." Jan. 25, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lyn and I'm 53. Like Sting, everyone knows me by this name alone." May. 8, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Proud of the name since i was named after my dad. Dont get made fun of alot unless i make fun of the other person lol. But ive never met another guy named lynn but still proud. wouldnt want to be named anything else." Dec. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named "Lynn" after my father and I am very proud of this name. Sometimes it is misspelled, but I have never been ridiculed." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "I am a male named Lynn. I was born in the 1960's. The majority of the girls had the first or middle name of Lynn during school in the 1970's. I was teased a lot for the name. My mother said she picked the name from a Doctor Lynn on the soap operas. My siblings have normal names for girls and boys. Yes, I still get mail with Ms. Lynn..... I do write Mr. Lynn ..., so hopefully they get it. I started using my first and middle initial during my military service days. I still us my initials to this day. The majority of my adult friends and associates do not know my real first name. My family still calls me Lynn. I have a male cousin named Kim, so he had it bad growing up also. The good part is that we had other men (some famous) named Lynn, when I was growing up. Parents should think twice, when naming their children." Apr. 12, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a man 60ish and my middle name is Lynn. That is what my parents called me. It has been a pain my entire life. I would have done anything to have started life with a normal name." Sep. 4, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first name is Lynn and had I been given a choice I would have picked a different name. Actually, I would compare my circumstances to the old Johnny Cash song "A boy named Sue". I'm short, quick and somewhat muscular and have been in many a confrontation over someone making fun of it, call me insecure if you will, but I guess it did kinda toughen me up a bit. Also, I still to this day get mail addressed to Ms. Lynn and boy you should see the look on the female doctors face when they first meet me, expecting a female instead of a male. LOL" Nov. 26, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "Its been hard dealing with this as my middle name. At least in Texas, it is considered feminine and was a source of "character-building" (read as "ridicule") while growing up in a small town. After years of using "L." as my middle name, most of my legal documentation and diplomas of devoid of my middle name....thankfully." Jun. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

      5 Neutral Comments

  • "Lynn has English origins meaning "lake." I was born in Minnesota of Scandinavian and English ancestors at a time when Lynn was supposedly more common as a boy's name according to research I found. If a man has a problem with that name he would have problems with any another name and countless other aspects in adjusting to life. I like it and can provide no sympathy for others who are ashamed of their name. This is an elementary school problem and anyone can legally change their name or use a nickname. I cannot recall a single instance of anyone making fun of my name at any stage of my life." Nov. 5, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Twice in my life I was in company with two other male Lynn's, making 3 at one time in the same place which is very unusual. I do business with people from all over the world and Lynn is always assumed to be an American female. I always prefix my signature with Mr. but not always effective." Sep. 10, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Myy middle name is Lynn and my first name is Jamie. Yep, I'm the girl my mother never had. Jamie Lynn isn't quite as bad as a boy named Sue but I can tell you it is close. Especially in grade school where several teachers insisted on always calling me by both names. I can't say that I even considered giving my sons that either name but all in all, it hasn't been that bad. Being big and strong helped!" Apr. 1, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a great stage name for a guy, but all the world's a stage? Not really." Jun. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named after two men named Lynn, though most of my life I ran into women with the name using varied spellings. I was often ridiculed for having a "girls" name, and no one could ever spell it, or even pronounce it. I got Glen, Lenn, Lane. Spellings vary, mostly Lyn, Lynne, Linn, but rarely Lynn. I pronounce it Linn. I wouldn't recommend this name for another male. Nicknames are Lynda, Lynnie, Lynnardo, Lynnford, Lynnie the Pooh." Mar. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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