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Linn Name Meaning

Scottish: variant spelling of Lynn. Irish: reduced and altered form of McLean. Compare McLinn. German: habitational name from a place called Linn, named with lin ‘swamp’, ‘bog’, ‘marsh’. German: from a Germanic personal name, Linto, formed with Old High German lind(i) ‘soft’. Eastern German and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from Slavic lin ‘tench’, a metonymic occupational name for someone who caught and sold tench or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a tench.

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

Similar surnames: Kinn, Lins, Lynn, Lind, Pinn, Finn, Line, Sinn, Lien, Zinn

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Where is the Linn family from?

You can see how Linn families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Linn family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Linn families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 83 Linn families living in Ontario. This was about 67% of all the recorded Linn's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Linn families in 1911.
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What did your Linn ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Linn. 45% of Linn men worked as a Farmer.

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

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
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Census Records

There are 83,000 census records available for the last name Linn. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Linn census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Linn. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 18,000 military records available for the last name Linn. For the veterans among your Linn ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Linn lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Linn life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Linn in 1943 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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