What does Lincoln mean?

Definitions for Lincoln
ˈlɪŋ kənlin·coln

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, President Lincoln, President Abraham Lincolnnoun

    16th President of the United States; saved the Union during the American Civil War and emancipated the slaves; was assassinated by Booth (1809-1865)

  2. Lincoln, capital of Nebraskanoun

    capital of the state of Nebraska; located in southeastern Nebraska; site of the University of Nebraska

  3. Lincolnnoun

    long-wooled mutton sheep originally from Lincolnshire


  1. lincolnadjective

    Pertaining to Abe Lincoln, as Lincoln Logs.

  2. Lincolnnoun

    A placename, originally in Lincolnshire, England.

  3. Lincolnnoun

    Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States during the Civil War.

  4. Lincolnnoun

    of American usage, originally in honor of Abraham Lincoln.

  5. Lincolnnoun

    A brand of American automobile.

  6. Lincolnnoun

    An English breed of sheep.

  7. Lincolnnoun

    The capital of Nebraska.

  8. Lincolnnoun

    A county in many U.S. states.

  9. Lincolnnoun

    A five-dollar bill.

  10. Lincolnnoun

    A high altitude, long range bomber based on the Avro Lancaster.

  11. Etymology: Lindcoln, from Lindum Colonia, from Lindo, Lindon, probably from *linn ‘pool’, in reference to the Brayford.


  1. lincoln

    Lincoln can refer to a few different concepts, most commonly: 1) Abraham Lincoln: The 16th president of the United States who served from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. He is best known for leading the country during the American Civil War and issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, which began the process of freeing the slaves in America. 2) Lincoln, Nebraska: The capital city of the U.S. state of Nebraska and the county seat of Lancaster County. 3) Lincoln Motor Company: A division of the U.S.-based Ford Motor Company that sells luxury vehicles under the Lincoln brand. 4) Lincoln (UK): A cathedral city and the county town of Lincolnshire in the East Midlands of England. The exact meaning is usually clear from the context in which it is used.


  1. Lincoln

    The City of Lincoln is the capital and the second-most populous city of the U.S. state of Nebraska, after Omaha. Lincoln is also the county seat of Lancaster County and the home of the University of Nebraska. Lincoln's 2010 Census population was 258,379. Lincoln was founded in 1856 as the village of Lancaster, and became the county seat of the newly created Lancaster County in 1859. The capital of Nebraska Territory had been Omaha since the creation of the territory in 1854; however, most of the territory's population lived south of the Platte River. After much of the territory south of the Platte considered annexation to Kansas, the legislature voted to move the capital south of the river and as far west as possible. The village of Lancaster was chosen, in part due to the salt flats and marshes. Omaha interests attempted to derail the move by having Lancaster renamed after the recently assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. Many of the people south of the river had been sympathetic to the Confederate cause in the recently concluded Civil War, and it was assumed that the legislature would not pass the measure if the future capital were named after Abraham Lincoln. The ploy did not work, as Lancaster was renamed Lincoln and became the state capital upon Nebraska's admission to the Union on March 1, 1867. The choice to name the capital city "Lincoln" caused quite a stir among the constituents, whose sentiments were mixed regarding who should have won the Civil War.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Lincoln

    capital of Lincolnshire, on the Witham, 130 m. N. of London; is a very old and quaint city, with one of the finest cathedrals in England, and many historic buildings. Its annual spring horse-fair is among the largest in the world. It manufactures agricultural instruments, and trades in flour. Its stands on the Oolitic Ridge, and commands a wide view of the Trent Valley.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. lincoln

    (anc. Lindum Colonia). A city of England, the capital of Lincolnshire, on the Witham. It was at the period of the Conquest rich and populous. It was taken several times by Saxons and Danes. Without Newport-gate, upon Lincoln plain, was fought the battle between the partisans of the empress Maud, commanded by the Earl of Gloucester, and the army of Stephen, in which the king was defeated and taken prisoner, February 2, 1141. Lincoln was the scene of important operations during the civil wars in the reign of King John; and here the party of the Dauphin was completely overthrown by the Earl of Pembroke during the minority of Henry III. During the great civil war the royalists obtained possession of the city, but it was stormed by the Parliamentary army under the Earl of Manchester, May 5, 1644.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Lincoln

    Originally Llyn-dun, the Celtic for “Pool hill,” or the town built on the eminence overlooking the Swanpool, which was not drained until the eighteenth century. When the Romans established themselves here they called it Lindum Colonia, or the colony beside the pool. Of this name, therefore, Lincoln is a softened abbreviation.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lincoln is ranked #2209 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lincoln surname appeared 16,477 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 would have the surname Lincoln.

    74.9% or 12,341 total occurrences were White.
    14.7% or 2,424 total occurrences were Black.
    3.6% or 606 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    2.8% or 470 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.5% or 414 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.3% or 222 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Lincoln' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4061

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lincoln in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Lincoln in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Lincoln in a Sentence

  1. The Lincoln Project:

    John Weaver led a secret life that was built on a foundation of deception at every level. The Lincoln Project Predator is The Lincoln Project Predator, a liar, and an abuser, we extend our deepest sympathies to those who were targeted by The Lincoln Project Predator deplorable and predatory behavior. We are disgusted and outraged that someone in a position of power and trust would use it for these means.

  2. David Plouffe:

    Make no mistake, Abraham Lincoln was chief political strategist : Abraham Lincoln relied on Abraham Lincoln aides maybe sometimes to do the dirty work, to be ruthless, to cut deals, but Abraham Lincoln was Abraham Lincoln.

  3. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    I could have spoken from Rhode Island where I have been staying ... But I felt that, in speaking from the house of Lincoln, of Jackson, and of Wilson, my words would better convey both the sadness I feel in the action I was compelled today to make and the firmness with which I intend to pursue this course until the orders of the federal court at Little Rock can be executed without unlawful interference. (On sending troops to enforce integration in Little Rock AR High School)

  4. Edward R. Murrow:

    After last night's debate, the reputation of Messieurs Lincoln and Douglas is secure.

  5. Author Unknown:

    What made the deepest impression upon you? inquired a friend one day of Lincoln, when you stood in the presence of the Falls of Niagara, the greatest of natural wonders? ---- The thing that stuck me most forcibly when I saw the Falls, Lincoln responded with the characteristic deliberation, was where in the world did all that water come from?

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