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Lincoln Surname Origin
(Locality). From Lincoln in England. The name is derived from Lin in the Gaelic, Welsh, and Cornish British, which signifies a pool, pond, or lake, and coln, the ridge or neck of a hill, so called from its situation, as it occupies the top and side of a steep hill on the river Witham, which here divides into three streams.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Lincoln Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Lincoln family history than the origin of your surname:
A Lincoln Family History Thought:
'He who has no knaves, fools, or beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightening.' --Old English Proverb