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Lin Family History

Lin Name Meaning

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

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

Similar surnames: Li, Jin, Ling, Yin, Lien, Lim, Xin, Lu, Lyn, Liu

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Where is the Lin family from?

You can see how Lin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Lin family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Lin families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 2 Lin families living in Ohio. This was about 40% of all the recorded Lin's in the USA. Ohio and 1 other state had the highest population of Lin families in 1840.
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What did your Lin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Cook and House Work were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Lin. 14% of Lin men worked as a Cook and 50% of Lin women worked as a House Work. Some less common occupations for Americans named Lin were Salesman and Teacher.

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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 1940

  • Cook
  • Waiter
  • Laborer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • House Work
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Lin. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 34,000 military records available for the last name Lin. For the veterans among your Lin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Lin lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Lin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Lin in 1963 was 67, and 67 in 2004.

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