Gender: Male Meaning of Lincoln: "town by the pool" Origin of Lincoln: English Lincoln's Popularity in 2018: #40

Lincoln Origin and Meaning

The name Lincoln is a boy's name of English origin meaning "town by the pool".

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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Rank in US: #40

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Pop Culture References for the name Lincoln

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.