Lindquist last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Lindquist is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Lindquist.

Meaning of Lindquist

A Swedish toponymic surname derived from the words "lind" (linden tree) and "kvist" (twig or branch).

Lindquist, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Lindquist surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Lindquist in America

Lindquist is the 3189th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Lindquist surname appeared 11,337 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 people would have the surname Lindquist.

We can also compare 2010 data for Lindquist to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 3189 2945 7.96%
Count 11,337 11,229 0.96%
Proportion per 100k 3.84 4.16 -8.00%

The history of the last name Lindquist

The surname Lindquist has its origins in Sweden, tracing back to the late 16th or early 17th century. It is a locative name, derived from the Swedish words "lind" meaning a linden tree, and "kvist" meaning a twig or branch, suggesting that the name referred to someone who lived near or was associated with a linden tree.

The earliest known record of the name Lindquist can be found in the Swedish church records from the late 1600s, with the first documented instance being Johan Lindquist, born in 1689 in the parish of Törnevalla, Östergötland County. The name was particularly prevalent in the regions of Östergötland, Småland, and Västergötland during this time period.

In the 18th century, the name Lindquist appeared in various historical records, such as the Swedish Census of 1775, where several families bearing this surname were registered in different parts of the country. One notable individual was Carl Gustaf Lindquist (1742-1815), a Swedish military officer who served in the Russo-Swedish War of 1788-1790.

As the 19th century dawned, the name Lindquist continued to spread across Sweden, with several individuals gaining recognition in various fields. One such figure was Nils Lindquist (1808-1888), a Swedish lawyer and politician who served as the Mayor of Stockholm from 1863 to 1879.

In the literary realm, the name Lindquist gained prominence with the Swedish author August Lindquist (1856-1935), who was known for his novels and short stories depicting rural life in Sweden. Another notable bearer of the name was the Swedish botanist Gustav Lindquist (1884-1963), who made significant contributions to the study of Nordic flora.

As the 20th century unfolded, the name Lindquist continued to be carried by individuals in various professions and fields. One prominent example is Sven Lindquist (1936-2019), a Swedish writer, photographer, and traveler who authored several acclaimed travelogues and essays.

Throughout its history, the surname Lindquist has been a part of Swedish cultural heritage, with its roots tracing back to the country's rural landscapes and its association with the linden tree, a symbol of strength and resilience.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Lindquist

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Lindquist.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Lindquist was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 94.40% 10,702
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.75% 85
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.73% 83
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.43% 49
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.68% 190
Hispanic Origin 2.01% 228

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Lindquist has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 94.40% 95.84% -1.51%
Black 0.75% 0.53% 34.38%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.73% 0.57% 24.62%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.43% 0.40% 7.23%
Two or More Races 1.68% 1.12% 40.00%
Hispanic 2.01% 1.53% 27.12%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Lindquist was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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