Last name origins & meanings:
- German, Dutch, and Scandinavian: topographic name for someone
who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, Middle High German, Dutch
linde, Scandinavian lind. There are several places,
especially in North Germany, named with this word, and the name may be
a habitational name from any of these. The word was also used in a
number of Old High German women’s personal names, with the meaning
‘shield’ or ‘spear’ (these being made from the hard wood of the lime);
it is possible that the surname in some cases is from a short form of
one of these. As a Swedish name it is often ornamental rather than
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental adoption of German
Linde ‘lime tree’ (see 1).
- Spanish: topographic name
for someone who lived on a boundary, from Spanish linde ‘boundary’, Latin limes or habitational name from any of the places called La Linde in Oviedo (Oviéu) and Biscay provinces.
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