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 Lindsay Wagner (born 1949 as Lindsay Jean Wagner), who became famous in 1976 as The Bionic Woman. It was the 314th most popular name for girls born in the 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.
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'Loinsighsept, 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
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.
Kellyn Lindsay, American actress, model and martial artist (b. 1986)
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.
^"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
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