Quick Facts on Lindsay
- English, Scottish
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Characteristics of Lindsay
Etymology & Historical Origin - Lindsay
Lindsay is an English surname derived from a location, so-called Lindsey in Lincolnshire which in Anglo-Saxon times was known as the Kingdom of Lindsey. In this case, Lindsey would come from the Olde English elements “Lelli” (an ancient personal name with uncertain meaning) and “eg” meaning “island” (Lelli’s island). Since Lindsey in Lincolnshire is located on the east coast of England, this would make some sense given the presence of water along the North Sea. The name is also connected with Lincoln, a name that comes to us from ancient Celts (Brythonic rather than Gaelic tribe) and means “lake settlement”. Clearly we have a water theme going on here. We also have read that Lindsay means “linden tree by the water”, which is a tree native to Britain so there could be some truth to this claim, as well (although we were unable to verify it). Lastly, Lindsay is a Scottish Lowlands clan name probably originating from ancient Anglo-Saxon ancestors (others speculate the Normans). Because the family has had loyalties on both sides of the border, they have a history of sometimes aligning themselves with the Scots and sometime with the English. Historically both Lindsey and Lindsay have been considered unisex names but the modern day usage is now almost exclusively female.
Popularity of the Name Lindsay
Lindsay made her first brief appearance on the female naming charts in the early 1950s, but she didn’t stick around for long. The name was revived in the mid-1970s mostly thanks to actress Lindsay Wagner who had a recurring role on a very popular TV series called “The Six Million Dollar Man” (1974-1978) before receiving her own spin-off series “The Bionic Woman” (1976-1978). These shows were quite popular in their day so audiences across America took notice of the pretty blond actress’s name and started using it with more frequency. In fact, it wasn’t before long that Lindsay shot up to the Top 100 list of most commonly used girl’s names, an honor she achieved in 1978. Lindsay would remain a Top 100 favorite for only about 16 years; her success was apparently a fleeting fad influenced by pop-culture. Today the name continues its backwards trajectory – even Lindsay Lohan can’t save this one (in fact a lot of people think she’s ruined its appeal). In any case, Lindsay saw her heyday during the 1980s when many other unisex names were becoming more and more female (Lindsay, Stacy, Courtney, Ashley, Shannon, Kelly and Lauren to name a few). When you put them together, Lindsey and Lindsay do moderately well in America today all things considered. It’s still a strong, modern and hip sounding name. Lindz is a common nickname.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lindsay
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lindsay
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lindsay
Lindsay We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Lindsay.
Popular Songs on Lindsay
Lindsay Quit Lollygagging - a song by Chiodos
Children's Books on the Baby Name Lindsay
Lindsay the Luck Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, Lindsay the Luck Fairy brings a dose of magical good luck to readers everywhere! St. Patrick's Day is full of magic, and Lindsay the Luck Fairy is the one who keeps it that way! But when Jack Frost's goblins steal her special lucky charms, Lindsay's luck runs out. Now everyone, everywhere will have a horribly unlucky St. Patrick's Day! Rachel and Kirsty are determined to help Lindsay find her magic. But where do they start? And without luck on their side, do they stand a chance of outsmarting the goblins? Find the lucky charms in all three stories inside this Rainbow Magic Special Edition and help bring good luck back to St. Patrick's Day! Recommended for ages 6-9.
Famous People Named Lindsay
Famous People Named Lindsay - Lindsay Lohan (actress); Lindsay Wagner (actress); Lindsay Buckingham (musician); Lindsay Ellingson (supermodel); Lindsay Davenport (tennis player)
Children of Famous People Named Lindsay
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Lindsay - Billy Crystal (comic/actor); Bing Crosby (actor/singer); Cheryl Ladd (actress); Joan Lunden (TV personality)
Lindsay - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Lindsay - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lindsay.
Personality of the Girl Name Lindsay
The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.
Variations of the Baby Name - Lindsay