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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Lin Family Origin

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Lin Family Occupations

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In 1939, Assistant Importer (chu) and Drapers Sales Lady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Lin. 10% of Lin men worked as an Assistant Importer (chu) and 20% of Lin women worked as a Drapers Sales Lady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lin were Chief Steward Ss Torina 20939 and Chinese Nurse

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Assistant Importer (chu)
    10%
  • Builders Foreman (layer Sites dra (heavy Worker
    10%
  • Chief Steward Cooks C N 13467
    10%
  • Chief Steward Ss Torina 20939
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Drapers Sales Lady
    20%
  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    20%
  • Ceassier
    10%
  • Chinese Nurse
    10%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, 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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