Lin Name Meaning

Chinese : from a word meaning ‘forest’. Bi Gan was a half-brother to Zhou Xin, the cruel and corrupt last king (1154–1123 bc) of the Shang dynasty. Bi Gan criticized his half-brother’s excesses, and for this he had his belly ripped open and his heart cut out. His wife fled to Chang Forest, where she gave birth to a son. When Zhou Xin was toppled by the new Zhou dynasty, the new Zhou ruler granted the son some land together with the name Lin. Chinese : variant of Lian 1. Scottish and English: perhaps a variant of Lynn. Dutch: probably a variant of Lyn.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Li, Jin, Ling, Yin, Lien, Lim, Xin, Lu, Lyn, Liu

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  • Carter

    20%
  • Coach Painter

    20%
  • Gardener Domestic

    20%
  • Mariner

    20%

In 1881, Carter, Coach Painter and Gardener Domestic were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Lin. The most common Lin occupation in the UK was Carter. 20% of Lin's were Carters. A less common occupation for the Lin family was Mariner.

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Between 1963 and 2004, Lin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Lin in 1963 was 67, and 67 in 2004.

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