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SOURCE: Location & Other
PRONOUNCED: LIN-deh (Swedish)
OTHER FORMS: Lind
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 5/10/2014
Meaning & History
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde
, Scandinavian lind
. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word. The word was also used in a number of Old High German women’s personal names, with the meaning "shield" or "spear".
Spanish topographic name for someone who lived on a boundary, from Spanish linde
"boundary", or habitational name from any of the places called La Linde in Spain.