Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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.
  2. Chinese: variant of Lian 1.
  3. Scottish and English: perhaps a variant of Lynn.
  4. Dutch: probably a variant of Lyn.
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