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Quick Facts on Lincoln

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Celtic, English, Welsh
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 95
Simple meaning:
Lake settlement

Characteristics of Lincoln

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lincoln

Lincoln is the transferred use of an old English surname with Celtic/Welsh etymological roots. The origin of the surname comes from a place name, specifically the city of Lincoln, county town of Lincolnshire. The ancient city of Lincoln was founded by the Celtic people around the 1st century B.C. and called Lindon (a modern adaption of an old Celtic Brythonic word from the more modern Welsh “llyn” meaning ‘lake, pool’). The settlement was built around and named after the Brayford Pool, a deep section of the River Witham located in the center of the city. When the Romans occupied England in the 1st century A.D. they Latinized the name of Lindon to “Lindum Colonia” or ‘Lake Colony.’ This eventually morphed into Lincoln. As the need for surnames became important in England (for purposes of taxation) after the Norman Conquest (1066), Lincoln arose as an indentifying last name (derived from the location name) for people from this area. As a given name, Lincoln was popularized in the United States in homage to the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, who led the Union to victory in the Civil War and enforced the emancipation of the slaves.

Popularity of the Name Lincoln

The name Lincoln as a male given name has been on the U.S. naming charts constantly since the 19th century. Clearly, the name was popularized by President Abraham Lincoln, arguably the greatest President in the history of our country. Similar to the names Jackson, Jefferson and Harrison, Lincoln is another example of using U.S. presidential last names as first names. The “Last-Names-First” trend is extremely popular in America today; however, names like Lincoln, Jefferson and Jackson have predated the current fashions of the day (like the popular last names Mason, Logan, or Connor), and are considered much more historically significant and traditional. They are also more likely to withstand the changing fashions of the day. While the name Lincoln is a well-established male given name in America, the name’s popularity and usage has always been low to moderate. In fact, Lincoln is experiencing the height of his popularity right now. As recently ago as 1989, Lincoln came dangerously close to falling off the charts altogether. Today, the name is on the Top 200 list of most commonly used boy names. It is ranked very high in Utah (#28 in 2010) and South Dakota (the location of Mount Rushmore where the people of that state are constantly reminded of our great President). This doesn’t exactly make Lincoln a wildly popular choice, but it has enjoyed a resurrection of sorts. Lincoln is an American classic. We can’t think of a United States citizen who wouldn’t give this name a resounding thumbs-up!
Popularity of the Boy Name Lincoln
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lincoln

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lincoln

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lincoln

    Lincoln We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Lincoln.

  • Popular Songs on Lincoln

    Popular Songs on Lincoln

    Lincoln Avenue - a song by Train

    Lincoln Freed Me Today (The Slave) - a song by Joan Baez

    Lincoln Highway Dub - a song by Sublime

    Lincoln Town - a song by John Hiatt

    Mr. Lincoln - a song by Hank Williams Jr.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lincoln

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lincoln

    Abe Lincoln's Hat (Martha Brenner) - A far cry from the reverent tone of most children's books on Lincoln, this short, anecdotal biography actually humanizes him. Lincoln is shown as a struggling and somewhat disorganized lawyer who makes his way through goodwill and good sense. The book begins with his purchase of a tall black hat. Later, a group of boys rig up a high wire and knock it off his head, scattering the important papers he kept inside. Courtroom stories include Lincoln proving which man owned a young horse by letting the colt loose to go to its mother and his defense of a slave's right to be granted freedom in Illinois, a free state. The humor, lively lines, and soft, shaded colors of Cook's illustrations add to the book's appeal. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books (Kay Winters) - Using simple language, bare-bones details, and uncluttered illustrations, Winters introduces America's sixteenth president. She recounts events from Lincoln's childhood in Kentucky and Indiana and his young adulthood in New Salem, Illinois. The engaging narrative emphasizes Lincoln's love of books and reading, which flourished despite his lack of formal education. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Abraham Lincoln: Great Speeches (Abraham Lincoln) - Representative collection of 16 masterly orations, correspondence, including "House Divided" speech at the Republican State Convention (1858), the First Inaugural Address (1861), the Gettysburg Address (1863), the Letter to Mrs. Bixby (1864), expressing regret over the wartime deaths of her 5 sons, and the Second Inaugural Address (1865). Recommended for ages 9-12.

    L Is for Lincoln: An Illinois Alphabet (Kathy-Jo Wargin) - The home of one of America`s most revered presidents is also home to American icons such as the Ferris wheel and John Deere tractors. But even a lifelong "Illini" might not know the full story behind the Tully Monster, The Northern Corss, or Old Quincy. Children, teachers, and parents- from cities to farmlands- will enjoy the clever poems, rich illustrations, and revealing text in "L is for Lincoln." Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Lincoln's Legacy (Stacia Deutsch) - Third graders travel through time to keep history on track! Abigail loves Mondays, and so does the rest of class 305. That's the day Mr. Caruthers asks them cool questions about history. Today Mr. C asks, "What if Abraham Lincoln never freed the slaves?" Abigail and her friends are ready to put their thinking caps on. But this time Mr. C wants them to do more than put their heads together-he wants them to travel back in time! Turns out the "What If?" questions are real, and Mr. C has just come back from a visit to the past. He needs their help because it looks like President Lincoln might quit and never free the slaves! With a time-travel gadget and only two hours to spare, Abigail and her friends are going back to the past. But even though time traveling isn't hard, convincing Abraham Lincoln not to give up isn't going to be easy....Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Who Was Abraham Lincoln? (Janet Pascal) - Born to a family of farmers, Lincoln stood out from an early age - literally! (He was six feet four inches tall.) As sixteenth President of the United States, he guided the nation through the Civil War and saw the abolition of slavery. But Lincoln was tragically shot one night at Ford’s Theater - the first President to be assassinated. Over 100 black-and-white illustrations and maps are included. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Lincoln

    Famous People Named Lincoln

    Famous People Named Lincoln - Lincoln (Brazilian soccer player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lincoln

    Children of Famous People Named Lincoln

    Famous People who Named their Son Lincoln - Gutzon Borglum (artist/sculptor famous for creating the monumental presidents' heads at Mount Rushmore)

  • Historic Figures

    Lincoln - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Abraham Lincoln (12 Feb 1809 – 15 Apr 1865) - This American icon truly transcended the Presidency. Known as "The Great Emancipator" Lincoln basically preserved and restored our Union and finally put an end to this nation's greatest shame: slavery. Magnetic and powerful, Lincoln was either loved or hated - yet "Honest Abe" stood fast to his ideals and rose to the occasion. He was ambitious, decisive, humorous, and even vain. A man obsessed with military strategy and in love with the game of politics, he was a brilliant public speaker. Even after the South was defeated in the Civil War, Lincoln showed no malice or signs of vindictiveness. His second term would have focused on a nation that needed to heal itself, but his life was cut short on April 14, 1865 when Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth assassinated the greatest President who ever lived. Apropos, Abraham is a Hebrew name meaning "Father of a multitude (of nations)". Lincoln, which is also a widely used male name in America in homage to this great man, is a surname of Celtic origin meaning "lake settlement". A woman of history in her own right, the very vivacious and impulsive Mary Todd Lincoln was Abe's First Lady.

Personality of the Boy Name Lincoln

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Lincoln

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