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Gender: Male Meaning of Lincoln: "town by the pool" Origin of Lincoln: English Lincoln's Popularity in 2017: #41

The name Lincoln is a boy's name of English origin meaning "town by the pool". Lincoln is ranked #41 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like American Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "What would be the perfect twin?".

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Lincoln cracked the Top 50 for boys' names for the first time in 2016, more than 150 years after the death of its most famous bearer. This is especially remarkable because, as crazy as it seems now, Lincoln was deeply out of fashion as recently as the late 90s, consistently hovering near the bottom of the Top 1000. This admirable presidential choice with a stylish two-syllable sound projects the tall, rangy, upright, image of Honest Abe. Bill Murray is father to a son named Lincoln, and Kathryn Erbe's boy Carson has Lincoln for his middle name. Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard gender-bent it for their daughter.

Lincoln Steffens was an influential muckraking writer, author of The Shame of the Cities. Lincoln is also a Teen Mom name, which may have had some impact, and is a major character on TV's Broad City. Abraham Lincoln has also been a popular subject of fiction in his own right in recent years, having been the subject of revered short story writer George Saunders' first novel and an Academy Award winning movie by Steven Spielberg.

The nickname Linc has a nice sixties 'Mod Squad' feel.

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Famous People Named Lincoln

Lincoln Davenport Chafee, American politician; 74th governor of Rhode Island
Lincoln Carter Almond, American politician; 72nd Governor of Rhode Island
Lincoln Rafael Diaz-Balart, U.S. Congressman from Florida
Lincoln Clay Lewis, Australian actor
Lincoln Younes, Australian actor
Lincoln Ellsworth, American polar explorer
Lincoln Edward Kirstein, American artist; founder of NYC Ballet
Lincoln Joseph Steffens, American journalist
Lincoln Child, American novelist
Lincoln Mahan, oldest son of Brooke Mahan, co-host on YouTube channel "whatsupmoms"
(Tamerlane) Lincoln Kennedy, Jr., American NFL football player and commentator
Charles Lincoln "Link" Neal III, YouTuber of "Rhett & Link"
Lincoln Neal, son of Lincoln "Link" Neal III
Lincoln Bixby Cruz (b. 1995), son of actor Brandon Cruz
Lincoln William Holiday Alphin (b. 2005), son of country music singer Big Kenny
Lincoln Marshall Marroquin (b. 2013), son of reality TV personalities Javi and Kailyn Lowry Marroquin of "Teen Mom 2"
Lincoln William DeSanto (b. 2013), son of reality TV personality Janelle Pierzina ("Big Brother") and Jess DeSanto
Lincoln Roy Hoellein (b. 2015), son of American family vlogger Bonnie Hoellein
Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

Pop Culture References for the name Lincoln

Lincoln "Linc" Burrows, character on TV's Prison Break
Lincoln Hawk, main character in Over the Top, played by Sylvester Stallone
Lincoln Lee, character on TV's "Fringe"
Lincoln, character on TV's "The 100"
Lincoln Lee-Segal, character in Where'd You Go, Bernadette?
Lincoln, character in What Maisie Knew
Lincoln Six Echo/Tom Lincoln, character in The Island
Lincoln, character on TV's "Broad City"
Lincoln "Linc" Hayes, character on TV's "The Mod Squad"
Lincoln "Linc" Case, character on TV's "Route 66"
Lincoln Campbell, Inhuman character on TV show Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Lincoln Loud, character on animated series "The Loud House"
Lincoln Rosario, cut character from Broadway musical "In The Heights"
Lincoln Roth, female character in The Smokers
Lincoln, England, city from which the name derives
Port Lincoln, city in South Australia at the lower end of Eyre Peninsula

Linc, Lincon, Link, Lyncoln


hermioneameliastyles Says:


I adore this name. I can totally see myself with a little Lincoln. My boyfriend is not as fond of the name as I am.

I'm a Banana Says:


This could become confusing in history class.

Smollie Says:


I was born and most of my family come from a county in England called Lincolnshire. I go there quite often to see family and when I go, we usually visit the city of Lincoln, so I never thought of this a name for a child. However, someone suggested this and said that could use the nickname Link, and now I'm obsessed! If I were brave enough to use this, then I would.

whitlane Says:


Love everything about this name: the heritage, the sound, the way it seems to grow from a baby into an adult with ease.