13th- to 14th-century coat of arms of the
Current region England Earlier spellings de Lindsay, Lyndsay Place of origin England Lindsay is an English surname, originally derived from the territory of Lindsey in Lincolnshire, from the Old English toponym " Lindesege Lindum Isle", i.e. "marshlands of Lincoln".
In the late 19th century, the surname gave rise to the
given name Lindsay (and variants Lindsey, Lyndsy, etc.) in the United States, at first as a male given name, and since the mid-20th century increasingly as a female given name. Its popularity as a girls' name is due to the actress [1 ] Lindsay Wagner (born 1949 as Lindsay Jean Wagner), who became famous in 1976 as . It was the 314th most popular name for girls born in the The Bionic Woman United States in 2007, having ranked among the top 200 names for girls from the 1970s through the 1990s. The alternative spelling Lindsey ranked as the 226th most popular name for girls born in 2007 in the United States. Surname [edit ]
The surname is ultimately connected to the Anglo-Saxon
kingdom of Lindsey.
The surname of Lindsay continued to be borne by the
Earls of Balcarres and Earls of Crawford, down to the current holder of the title, Robert Lindsay, 29th Earl of Crawford (b. 1927), while the Earls of Lindsay have used the additional surname of Lindesay since its adoption by Reginald Lindesay-Bethune, 12th Earl of Lindsay in 1919.
The names of
John de Lindsay (d. 1335), Ingram Lindsay (15th century) David Lyndsay (c. 1490–c. 1555) and Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie (1532–1580) are early examples of the name being used as "surname" by members of lower nobility in Scotland. Lindsay was used in the United Kingdom by younger sons of the Lindsay clan chiefs, acquiring the status of common surname in the course of the 19th century: Alec Lindsay (born 1948), English international footballer (Liverpool FC) David Lyndsay (poet), also spelled Lindsay, renaissance poet in the court of James V of Scotland Duncan Morton Lindsay, Scottish football player (1902-1972) Sir Harry Lindsay (1881-1963), British civil servant and administrator James Lindsay (Conservative politician) (1906–1997) James Alexander Lindsay (1815–1874), British Conservative Member of Parliament for Wigan, second son of James Lindsay, 24th Earl of Crawford Joseph Lindsay (1858–1933), Scottish international footballer Sir Martin Lindsay, 1st Baronet, British politician and explorer (1905–1981) Maurice Lindsay (1918–2009), Scottish broadcaster, writer and poet Maurice Lindsay (rugby league), rugby league administrator (Wigan) Patrick Lindsay (politician), Second Minister for the Gaeltacht (1914– 1993) Robert Lindsay (disambiguation) Ronald Lindsay (1877–1945), Former UK Ambassador to the United States, fifth son of James Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford Sandie Lindsay, 1st Baron Lindsay of Birker (1879–1952), Master of Balliol College, Oxford, son of Thomas Martin Lindsay Reverend Thomas Martin Lindsay (1843–1914) Ireland [edit ]
The surname Lindsay is also found in
Northern Ireland. Irish people called Lindsay are either descended from members of the Scottish clan Lindsay who migrated to Ireland, or alternatively of the Gaelic O'Loinsigh sept, who sometimes anglicized their name as Lindsay, even though more common anglicizations were Lynch or Linchey. In addition, the MacClintock ( MacIlliuntaig) family anglicized their name as Lindsay in the 17th century. Americas and Oceania [edit ]
At the same time, Scottish emigrants to America or Australia tended to adopt their clan's name as surname; as a
Scottish American surname, Lindsay is introduced by the late 18th century, with the immigration of on Anthony Lindsay from Scotland. [2 ] Alvin Francis Lindsay, American politician, Missouri state representative Arto Lindsay, American musician (b. 1953) Chike Lindsay, American kickboxer (b. 1983) Germaine Lindsay, Jamaican-born British Islamist terrorist (1985–2005) Jeff Lindsay (writer), American fiction writer (b. 1952) John Lindsay, American politician (1921–2000) Kellyn Lindsay, American actress, model and martial artist (b. 1986) Mark Lindsay, American pop singer (b. 1942) Reg Lindsay, Australian country and western singer (1929–2008) Ryan Lindsay (ice hockey), Canadian former professional ice hockey player (b. 1976) Ted Lindsay, American former professional ice hockey player (b. 1925) Vachel Lindsay, American poet (1879–1931)
The boy's given name
Lindsay appears to arise from the Scottish surname in the early 20th century in North America and Australia / New Zealand, also given to girls by the mid-20th century, and rising to popularity in the 1970s. Surname Lindsey [edit ] Adrian Lindsey (1895–1980), American athlete and coach Ben Lindsey (basketball), American collegiate basketball coach Ben Lindsey (jurist) (1869–1943), American judge and social reformer Charles H. Lindsey, British computer scientist Isaac Coleman Lindsey (1892–1968), Louisiana politician David L. Lindsey, novelist Geoff Lindsey, writer George Lindsey, American actor Hal Lindsey, American evangelist and Christian writer Hillary Lindsey, country music songwriter Jim Lindsey, University of Arkansas trustee Johanna Lindsey, novelist Lawrence B. Lindsey, economist Martin Lindsey, English vice-chancellor Melvin Lindsey, broadcaster Steven W. Lindsey, astronaut Theophilus Lindsey, theologian, founder of Unitarianism in England Given name [edit ]
Lindsay Gender both male and female Origin Word/name English. Meaning clan name; toponym Other names Related names Lindsey, Linsay, Linsey, Lyndsay, Lyndsey, Lynsey, Lynsay, Linzey, Lynzi, Lynzie, Lynsi, Linzie, Linzi, Lindsy, Lyndsy, Lynnsey, Lindsee, Lynsie
Look up in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Lindsay Male [edit ] Lindsay Rogers (1891-1970), Burgess Professor of Public Law, Columbia University (1920–1959); Director, Social Science Research Council (1934–36) Lindsay Crosby (1938-1989); American actor and singer Lindsay Weir (1908–2003), New Zealand cricketer Lindsay Brown (1911–1987), American baseball player Lindsay Hassett (1913–1993), Australian Test cricketer Lindsay Tuckett (born 1919), South African cricketer Lindsay Anderson (1923–1994), India-born English film director Lindsay Kline (born 1934), Australian Test cricketer Lindsay Gaze (born 1936), Australian basketball player and coach Lindsay Hoyle (born 1957), Labour Member of Parliament for Chorley (England) Lindsay Dawson (born 1959), American artist Lindsay Hamilton (born 1962), Scottish footballer Lindsay Knapp (born 1970), Football player Lindsay Kemp (born 1938), British dancer, actor, teacher, mime artist and choreographer Lindsay Scott (born 1960), American football player Lindsay Tait (born 1982), New Zealand basketball player Lindsay G. Merrithew (born 1964), Canadian entrepreneur, executive producer, producer, and actor. Female [edit ] 1970s 1980s Fictional characters named Lindsay [edit ] Lindsay Monroe, a character on CSI: NY Lindsay Rappaport, a character on One Life to Live Lindsay Weir, a character on , played by Freaks and Geeks Linda Cardellini Lindsay Bluth Fünke, a character on , played by Arrested Development Portia de Rossi Lindsay, a character on Total Drama Island Lindsay Dole, an attorney on , played by The Practice Kelli Williams Lyndsay, a character in the Wii and DS games , MySims Kingdom and MySims Agents MySims SkyHeroes Lindsay, a character on , played by The New Adventures of Old Christine Alex Kapp Horner Lindsay Boxer, a character on , played by Women's Murder Club Angie Harmon Lindsay Marriott, a character in by Farewell, My Lovely Raymond Chandler People named Lindsey [edit ]
Lindsey Pronunciation Lin-zee Gender Unisex Origin Meaning Linden trees by the brook Region of origin Lincolnshire Other names Related names Lindsay [3 ]
Look up in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. Lindsey Lindsey Berg, American volleyball player Lindsey Buckingham (born 1949), American guitarist, singer, composer, and producer, member of Fleetwood Mac Lindsey Cardinale, American singer and American Idol contestant (born 1985) Lindsey Davis, novelist Lindsey Durlacher (1974–2011), US Greco-Roman wrestler Lindsey Evans, American fashion model and beauty queen (born 1989) Lindsey German, politician Lindsey Graham (born 1955), United States Senator Lindsey Haun, American actress and singer (born 1984) Lindsey Hilsum, news reporter Spessard Lindsey Holland, politician Lindsey Hugh Holliman, politician Lindsey Hughes, historian Lindsey Hunter (born 1970), American basketball player Lindsey Jacobellis (born 1985), American snowboarder Lindsey Lamar, American football player Lindsey McKeon, American actress (born 1982) Lindsey Nelson (1919–1995), American sportscaster Lindsey Rayl, American actress and singer (born 1994) Lindsey Shaw, American actress (born 1989) Lindsey Stirling, American violinist Jay Lindsey Tibbs, baseball player Lindsey Vonn, alpine skier Lindsey Vuolo, photographer's model Lindsey Ann Way, Musician and bassist for Mindless Self Indulgence (born 1973) Lindsey Witten (born 1988), American football player Lindsey Wright, American professional golfer (born 1979) Lindsey Van, American ski jumper (born 1984) Fictional characters [edit ] Notes [edit ] ^ Behind the Name ^ "For over a hundred years, there have been many disputes concerning the originating founder of the Lindsay family in America. Most of these stories originated with the Lindsay Family Association of America. During its twenty years of existence, several reports were issued. [...] Margaret Isabelle Lindsay, author of 'The Lindsays of America' [...] wrote, 'Having been furnished with two or three records of this family, in justice to those who kindly sent each to me, I insert them all.'" The conflicting accounts make the Anthony "the Immigrant" Lindsay either "a wealthy Scotch sea captain" who arrived about 1784, or one of three Scottish brothers who landed in Charleston, South Carolina. Five men called Linsey are recorded as heads of families in the 1790 Federal Census of Prince Georges County. ancestry.com, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000. Josephine Lindsay Bass and Becky Bonner ^ Lindsey-Meaning and origin of the name Lindsey