Lincoln Name Meaning

A rugged name with presidential polish, Lincoln has been moving and grooving on the charts in recent years. An English name meaning “lake colony”, Lincoln is the new Landon, wearing well on today’s playgrounds.

Lincoln has enviable historical significance, as President Lincoln is best known for abolishing slavery and helping heal the divide of the Civil War, a wonderful association for any name. A name with natural charisma and leadership qualities, it’s no surprise that parents are loving Lincoln.

While widely well-known, Lincoln manages to fly under the radar in many ways, avoiding the trendy feel often associated with other names. He fits in the surname style seen in Jackson and Carter, but avoids feeling timestamped or overused.

Lincoln has an adventurous side that is perfect for a little boy on the move, free of the stuffy feel often found in other surname choices. He also has the super cool nickname of Link, a word name find that fits in with Chase and Dash. At the same time, Lincoln works just as nicely on an adult, not at all juvenile.

A versatile pick for today’s little one, Lincoln has a lot to offer. He’s presidential yet playful and rugged yet stately.

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Lincoln Name Popularity

How popular is the name Lincoln? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Lincoln was the 40th most popular boys name, representing 0.5363% of boy births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Lincoln has been the 402nd most popular boys name, representing 0.0386% of boy births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 779 9 0.0018%
1913 772 12 0.0021%
1914 571 42 0.006%
1915 687 39 0.0043%
1916 575 62 0.0064%
1917 569 73 0.0073%
1918 631 58 0.0054%
1919 670 50 0.0048%
1920 685 51 0.0046%
1921 681 55 0.0048%
1922 692 53 0.0048%
1923 594 75 0.0067%
1924 526 108 0.0093%
1925 567 84 0.0074%
1926 545 89 0.0081%
1927 656 58 0.0052%
1928 573 77 0.0072%
1929 666 50 0.0048%
1930 755 35 0.0034%
1931 592 64 0.0065%
1932 682 45 0.0046%
1933 638 47 0.005%
1934 683 42 0.0043%
1935 850 22 0.0023%
1936 797 26 0.0027%
1937 867 20 0.002%
1938 851 22 0.0021%
1939 851 21 0.0021%
1940 986 14 0.0013%
1941 673 45 0.004%
1942 746 37 0.0029%
1943 758 36 0.0028%
1944 766 31 0.0025%
1945 806 26 0.0021%
1946 895 23 0.0016%
1947 796 39 0.0023%
1948 1,051 15 0.0009%
1949 854 31 0.0019%
1950 866 27 0.0017%
1951 968 21 0.0012%
1952 752 47 0.0027%
1953 822 38 0.0021%
1954 1,013 20 0.0011%
1955 856 36 0.002%
1956 1,088 17 0.0009%
1957 940 28 0.0015%
1958 1,016 22 0.0012%
1959 1,074 19 0.001%
1960 954 27 0.0014%
1961 743 61 0.0032%
1962 695 78 0.0042%
1963 630 110 0.0061%
1964 608 122 0.0069%
1965 703 66 0.004%
1966 757 50 0.0032%
1967 807 42 0.0028%
1968 1,144 14 0.0009%
1969 841 44 0.0029%
1970 711 87 0.0055%
1971 667 105 0.007%
1972 729 74 0.0054%
1973 934 34 0.0026%
1974 822 54 0.0042%
1975 764 69 0.0054%
1976 749 76 0.0059%
1977 758 75 0.0056%
1978 985 35 0.0026%
1979 1,159 25 0.0018%
1980 1,024 36 0.0025%
1981 913 51 0.0035%
1982 895 56 0.0037%
1983 897 52 0.0035%
1984 890 57 0.0038%
1985 892 56 0.0037%
1986 1,124 32 0.0021%
1987 857 71 0.0047%
1988 965 58 0.0037%
1989 1,012 59 0.0037%
1990 946 75 0.0045%
1991 886 91 0.0056%
1992 845 102 0.0064%
1993 833 113 0.0072%
1994 797 125 0.0081%
1995 796 128 0.0085%
1996 991 78 0.0052%
1997 975 86 0.0058%
1998 939 102 0.0068%
1999 801 144 0.0096%
2000 740 183 0.012%
2001 621 262 0.0174%
2002 614 283 0.0189%
2003 567 350 0.023%
2004 547 378 0.0248%
2005 483 473 0.0309%
2006 299 1,088 0.0695%
2007 224 1,644 0.1042%
2008 211 1,808 0.117%
2009 187 2,003 0.134%
2010 198 1,854 0.1287%
2011 177 2,149 0.1508%
2012 132 2,905 0.2039%
2013 95 4,033 0.2833%
2014 87 4,816 0.3306%
2015 66 5,992 0.4118%
2016 50 7,114 0.4934%
2017 41 8,146 0.5837%
2018 40 7,368 0.5363%

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Names Like Lincoln

If you like Lincoln, you’ll love these other names like Lincoln.


What names are diminutives of Lincoln?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Lincoln sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Lincoln, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Linc

Lake colony

English

Link

English

#1,184 (0.0066%)  

What names sound like Lincoln?

If you like how Lincoln sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Lincoln.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Lindlea

Linden tree meadow

English

Lindlee

Linden tree meadow

English

Lindley

Linden tree meadow

English

Lindly

Linden tree meadow

English

Lindsay

Lincoln's marsh; island of linden trees

English

Lindsee

Lincoln's marsh; island of linden trees

English

Lindsey

Lincoln's marsh; island of linden trees

English

Linleigh

Flax meadow

English

Linton

Flax settlement

English

Linwood

Linden tree valley

English

Lyndon

Linden tree hill

English

#1,364 (0.0044%)  
Lynley

Flax field

English


What names are similar to Lincoln?

Find a name that’s like Lincoln, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Colton

Charcoal settlement

English

#68 (0.3838%)  
Davis

Son of David

English

#493 (0.0385%)  
Ford

River crossing

English

#612 (0.0271%)  
Hudson

Son of Hudd

English

#54 (0.476%)  
Jackson

Son of Jack

English

#17 (0.7514%)  
Landon

Long hill

English

#61 (0.4241%)  
Logan

Small hollow

Scottish

#10 (0.8991%)  
Reagan

Gaelic

#928 (0.0116%)  
Roman

One from Rome

Latin

#85 (0.3171%)  
Weston

West town

English

#102 (0.2732%)  

Lists With Lincoln

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Lincoln.


Siblings of Lincoln

Mamas with kids named Lincoln also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Finnley

Fair-haired courageous one

Irish

#596 (0.0288%)  
Eliana

My God has answered

Hebrew

#84 (0.2449%)  
Hadassah

Myrtle tree

Hebrew

#684 (0.0251%)  
Graham

Gravelled homestead

English

#181 (0.1566%)  
Davis

Son of David

English

#493 (0.0385%)  

6 Comments

  1. Cool, distinguished name. I wish it had an easier nickname to grab from it.

  2. Lincoln Zion Lincoln is after a car and Zion in after mt Zion in the Bible

  3. We picked Lincoln because our son needed a strong name. We had been bingeing a few shows that had a character named Lincoln. I fell in love with the name in general, but also In the show he was a very strong character that had gone through hell! Our little one needed a strong name as we found out there was a chance he’d have a hole in his heart. We paired Lincoln with Michael for a middle name after St. Michael. Gave him an even stronger name! Thankfully baby boy is doing great!

  4. My partner and I want a strong sounding name and worked well with his middle & surname.

  5. We heard it on a TV show and loved it! At that time it wasn’t very popular so we too liked that the same.

  6. Strong name, we gets lots of compliments on it.
    Abraham Lincoln was a great man. Our son loves his name


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