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The name Lindsey or Lindsay can also mean "Linden trees by the water" or something to that effect.
This is my last name which was changed from Lindsay to Lindsey in the 16th century when they came to England from Scotland. We are a very old Scottish family that can be traced as far back as Sir James Lindsay of the clan Lindsay of Scotland in 1010. They are known financial supporters of William Wallace.
As is the case with America, Lindsey, in England and Wales, is the most popular spelling compared to Lindsay, Linzi, Lynsey etc.
As I said when I made a comment about Lindsay, Lindsey (along with Lindsay) began to be used much more frequently for girls in England & Wales in the 1950s or 1960s. In 1966, excluding those without a middle name or only an initial in their (1st) middle name in birth records (provided by ancestry. Co. uk), 314 females and 12 males were given the name Lindsey. When combined with Lindsay, Linsay, Linsey, Linzi, Lyndsay, Lyndsey and Lynsey, the combined total would be would be 710 females and 53 males.
The name increased further in popularity in the 1970s with variants like Lyndsay, Lyndsey and Lynsey being especially used more frequently thanks in part to Lynsey De Paul, the English singer-songwriter who became famous in 1972 for her songs (i.e. "Sugar Me"). In 1973, 561 females and 6 males were given the name Lindsey with a combined total of 1, 310 females and 40 males.
The peak of the popularity occurred in the first half of the 1980s. In 1980, 767 females and 13 males were given the name Lindsey with a combined total of 2, 522 females and 43 males. By then, its popularity began to decrease and by 1996, 80 females and around 2 males were born with the name Lindsey with a combined total 255 females and around 5 males (which, for the combined total, is just under a tenth of what it was in 1980).
By 2013, Lindsey, along with other variants (with the exception of Lindsay and Lyndsey where 3 girls each were given one of these names), became, pretty much, unusable for a baby in England & Wales.
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