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Subject: about lin:...(m)
Author: Menke   (Authenticated as menke)
Date: September 10, 2004 at 7:24:32 AM
Reply to: i think we're both wrong :( because...(m) by Menke
Lynn from Ashlyn has most likely the same origin as the component lin , which is believed to be from the Germanic word linde meaning 'soft, tender' according to BtN, but according to the Meertens Instituut there are three possible meanings:

1) 'snake' (symbolic meaning is 'knower of secrets')
e.g. Latin lentus means 'supple, pliant' (which snakes are) and Old High German lint (snake) and Old Norwegian linnr (snake)

2) referring to weapons made of lime-wood
e.g other English word for lime is linden and Old Teutonic linda and the Dutch words linde and lende and Old High German linta

3) 'soft, tender'
e.g. Old High German lindi and English lithe ('supple, pliant') and Spanish lindo ('nice, proper')

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