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LUCIANOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LUCIANUS.
LUCIANUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was derived from the Roman praenomen LUCIUS. Lucianus (or Λουκιανος in his native Greek) of Samosata was a 2nd-century satirist and author. This name was also borne by a 4th-century saint and martyr from Antioch.
LUCIEfFrench, Czech
French and Czech form of LUCIA.
French form of LUCIANUS.
Feminine form of LUCIEN.
LUCIFERmJudeo-Christian Legend
Means "bringing light", derived from Latin lux "light" and ferre "to bring". In Latin this name originally referred to the morning star, Venus, but later became associated with the chief angel who rebelled against God's rule in heaven (see Isaiah 14:12). In later literature, such as the 'Divine Comedy' (1321) by Dante and 'Paradise Lost' (1667) by John Milton, Lucifer became associated with Satan himself.
Latvian form of LUCIA.
LUCIJAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of LUCIA.
Croatian form of LUCIAN.
Spanish form of LUCILLA.
Portuguese feminine form of LUCILIUS.
LUCILIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of LUCILIUS.
Italian form of LUCILIUS.
LUCILIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which was a derivative of the given name LUCIUS. This was the family name of the 2nd-century BC Roman satirist Gaius Lucilius.
LUCILLAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Latin diminutive of LUCIA. This was the name of a 3rd-century saint martyred in Rome.
LUCILLEfFrench, English
French form of LUCILLA. A famous bearer was American comedienne Lucille Ball (1911-1989).
LUCINAfRoman Mythology
Derived from Latin lucus meaning "grove", but later associated with lux "light". This was the name of a Roman goddess of childbirth.
LUCINDAfEnglish, Portuguese, Literature
An elaboration of LUCIA created by Cervantes for his novel 'Don Quixote' (1605). It was subsequently used by Molière in his play 'The Doctor in Spite of Himself' (1666).
Variant transcription of LUSINE.
Variant transcription of LUSINE.
Portuguese form of LUCIUS.
LUCIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of LUCIUS.
LUCIUSmAncient Roman, Biblical, English
Roman praenomen, or given name, which was derived from Latin lux "light". This was the most popular of the praenomina. Two Etruscan kings of early Rome had this name as well as several prominent later Romans, including Lucius Annaeus Seneca (known simply as Seneca), a statesman, philosopher, orator and tragedian. The name is mentioned briefly in the New Testament belonging to a Christian in Antioch. It was also borne by three popes, including the 3rd-century Saint Lucius. Despite this, the name was not regularly used in the Christian world until after the Renaissance.
Polish feminine form of LUCIUS.
Variant of ŁUCJA.
Polish form of LUCIANUS.
Polish form of LUCIANUS.
Esperanto diminutive of LUDWIG.
LUCKYm & fEnglish, Indian, Hindi
From a nickname given to a lucky person. It is also sometimes used as a diminutive of LUKE.
LUCRÈCEf & mFrench
French form of both LUCRETIA and its masculine form Lucretius.
LUCRETIAfAncient Roman, Roman Mythology
Feminine form of the Roman family name Lucretius, possibly from Latin lucrum "profit, wealth". In Roman legend Lucretia was a maiden who was raped by the son of the king of Rome. This caused a great uproar among the Roman citizens, and the monarchy was overthrown. This name was also borne by a saint and martyr from Spain.
LUCRETIUSmAncient Roman
Masculine form of LUCRETIA. This name was borne by 1st-century BC Roman poet Titus Lucretius Carus.
Italian form of LUCRETIA.
English form of LUCIA, in use since the Middle Ages.
Polish form of LUCINA.
Swedish diminutive of LUDVIG.
Diminutive of LUDVÍK and other names beginning with Lud.
LUDGERmGerman, Dutch
From the Germanic name Leudagar which was derived from the elements leud "people" and ger "spear". Saint Ludger was an 8th-century Frisian Benedictine bishop who founded a monastery at Munster.
Latvian form of LUDWIG.
Possibly from a feminine form of LEUTWIN. It was popularized in the 1970s by a character from the television miniseries 'Les Gens de Mogador'.
Polish form of LUDMILA.
LUDMILAfCzech, Russian
Means "favour of the people" from the Slavic elements lyudu "people" and milu "gracious, dear". Saint Ludmila was a 10th-century duchess of Bohemia, the grandmother of Saint Václav. She was murdered on the orders of her daughter-in-law Drahomíra.... [more]
LUDMILLAfRussian, Bulgarian
Variant transcription of LYUDMILA.
Short form of LUDOVICUS or LUDOLF.
LUDOLFmGerman, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Hludwolf which was composed of the elements hlud "famous" and wolf "wolf".
Medieval Latinized form of LUDWIG. This was the name of an 1833 opera by the French composer Fromental Halévy.
Latinate feminine form of LUDWIG.
Latinate form of LUDWIG.
LUDOVICUSmAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of Chlodovech (see LUDWIG).
Esperanto form of LUDWIG. This is the Esperanto name of the philologist Ludwig Zamenhof (1859-1917), the creator of the Esperanto language.
LUDVIGmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of LUDWIG.
Latvian form of LUDWIG.
Czech form of LUDWIG.
Slovene form of LUDWIG.
From the Germanic name Chlodovech, which was composed of the elements hlud "famous" and wig "war, battle". This was the name of three Merovingian kings of the Franks (though their names are usually spelled in the Latinized form Clovis) as well as several Carolingian kings and Holy Roman emperors (names often spelled in the French form Louis). Other famous bearers include the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), who contributed to logic and the philosophy of language.
Polish form of LUDWIG.
Polish feminine form of LUDWIG.
LUGmIrish Mythology
Old Irish form of LUGH.
LUGAIDmIrish Mythology
Old Irish form of LUGHAIDH.
LUGHmIrish Mythology
Probably an Irish form of LUGUS. In Irish mythology Lugh was a divine hero who led the Tuatha De Danann against the Fomorians who were led by his grandfather Balor. Lugh killed Balor by shooting a stone into his giant eye.
LUGHAIDHmIrish, Irish Mythology
Derived from the name of the Irish god LUGH. This was the name of several characters in Irish legend, including the king Lughaidh mac Con.
LUGUBELENUSmAncient Celtic
Older form (possibly) of LLYWELYN.
LUGUSmCeltic Mythology
Probably from early Celtic meaning "light", ultimately from the Indo-European root *leuk "light, brightness". This was the name of a Celtic (Gaulish) god of commerce and craftsmanship, who was equated by the Romans with Mercury. He probably forms the basis for the characters and names of Lugh (Irish) and Lleu (Welsh).
Italian form of LOUIS.
Italian feminine form of LOUIS.
Diminutive of LUIGIA.
Diminutive of LUIGI.
LUIGSECHfAncient Irish
Derived from the name of the Irish god LUGH.
Portuguese form of LOUIS.
Spanish form of LOUIS.
Feminine form of LUÍS.
LUISAfSpanish, Italian
Feminine form of LUIS.
German form of LOUISE.
Modern form of LUIGSECH.
Diminutive of LUISA.
Diminutive of LUISA.
Portuguese diminutive of LUÍS or LUIZ.
Diminutive of LUISA.
LUITGARDfGerman, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Leutgard which was derived from the elements leud "people" and gard "enclosure". This was the name of a 13th-century Flemish nun, the patron saint of easy deliveries.
LUITPOLDmGerman (Rare)
German variant of LEOPOLD.
LUIZmPortuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of LOUIS.
LUIZAfPolish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian
Polish, Portuguese and Romanian feminine form of LOUIS.
Means "silver" in Arabic.
LUJZAfHungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak feminine form of LOUIS.
Hungarian form of LUKE.
LUKÁŠmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of LUKE.
LUKASmGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Lithuanian
German, Scandinavian and Lithuanian form of LUKE.
Polish form of LUKE.
LUKEmEnglish, Biblical
English form of the Greek name Λουκας (Loukas) which meant "from Lucania", Lucania being a region in southern Italy (of uncertain meaning). Luke was a doctor who travelled in the company of the apostle Paul. According to tradition, he was the author of the third gospel and Acts in the New Testament. He was probably of Greek ethnicity. He is considered a saint by many Christian denominations.... [more]
Basque form of LUCIANUS.
Means "luxurious" in Esperanto.
Diminutive of LOUISE and names that begin with Lu.
Means "flower" in Albanian.
LULITfEastern African, Amharic
Means "pearl" in Amharic.
Means "flower of life" in Albanian, from lule "flower" and jetë "life".
LULU (1)fGerman
Diminutive of names that begin with Lu, especially LUISE.
LULU (2)fArabic
Means "pearl" in Arabic.
Means "snow" in Finnish.
Means "little light", derived from Romanian lumina "light" combined with a diminutive suffix.
LUMUSIfWestern African, Ewe
Means "born face down" in Ewe.
LUNAfRoman Mythology, Italian, Spanish, English
Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.
LUNEDfWelsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Variant of ELUNED. In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is a servant of the Lady of the Fountain who rescues the knight Owain.
LUNGILEf & mSouthern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "correct, right, good" in Zulu and Ndebele.
LUNINGNINGfFilipino, Tagalog
Means "brilliance" in Tagalog.
LUPEf & mSpanish
Short form of GUADALUPE.
Diminutive of GUADALUPE.
LUPUSmLate Roman
Latin form of LOUP.
Portuguese form of LOURDES.
Means "moon" in Armenian.
Variant transcription of LUSINE.
Turkish form of LUTFI.
LUTFImArabic, Indonesian
Means "kind, gentle" in Arabic.
Turkish feminine form of LUTFI.
Turkish form of LUTFI.
LUTGARDISfAncient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Germanic name LUITGARD.
From a German surname, itself from the Germanic given name LEUTHAR. The surname was borne by Martin Luther, a 16th-century monk and theologian, who started the Protestant Reformation by nailing his famous 95 theses to a church door. It has since been used as a given name in his honour, especially among Protestants. A notable bearer from the modern era was the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929-1968).
Icelandic form of LUDWIG.
German diminutive of LUDWIG.
Dutch form of LUKE.
Finnish form of LUKE.
Means "poetry" in Estonian.
LUUSfDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish form of LUCIA.
Possibly a form of LAVINIA. It has been used in America since the 19th century.
LUXf & mVarious
Derived from Latin lux meaning "light".
Means "light" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Luz, meaning "Our Lady of Light".
LUZIAfPortuguese, German
Portuguese and German form of LUCIA.
LYALLmEnglish (Rare)
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the Old Norse given name Liulfr (which was derived in part from úlfr "wolf").
LYCURGUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυκουργος (Lykourgos), derived from λυκος (lykos) "wolf" (genitive λυκου) and εργον (ergon) "work, deed". In Greek legend this was the name of a king who was driven mad by the gods because of his impiety. This was also the name of a Spartan legislator of the 9th century BC.
LYCUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυκος (Lykos) meaning "wolf". This name was borne by several characters in Greek mythology including a legendary ruler of Thebes.
Perhaps a variant of LYDIA.
LÝDIAfSlovak, Faroese
Slovak and Faroese form of LYDIA.
LYDIAfEnglish, German, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor, said to be named for the legendary king LYDOS. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
Czech form of LYDIA.
French form of LYDIA.
LYDOSmAncient Greek
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the semi-legendary king who gave his name to the region of Lydia in Asia Minor.
Means "good fortune, happiness" in Danish.
Variant of LEILA.
From an English surname which was derived from Norman French l'isle "island".
Variant of LILOU.
Variant of LYNN.
Variant of LINDA.
From an English surname which was derived from a place name meaning "linden tree hill" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973).
Form of LUNED first used by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his poem 'Gareth and Lynette' (1872). In modern times it is also regarded as a diminutive of LYNN.
LYNNf & mEnglish
From an English surname which was derived from Welsh llyn "lake". Before the start of the 20th century it was primarily used for boys, but it has since come to be more common for girls. In some cases it may be thought of as a short form of LINDA or names that end in lyn or line.
LYNNAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of LYNN.
Variant of LYNN.
Diminutive of ALEKSEY.
The name of the constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. It is said to be shaped after the lyre of Orpheus.
LYRICfEnglish (Modern)
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικος (lyrikos).
Frisian diminutive of ELISABETH. It also coincides with the French word for "lily".
LYSANDERmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυσανδρος (Lysandros), derived from Greek λυσις (lysis) meaning "a release" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). This was the name of a notable 5th-century BC Spartan general and naval commander.
LYSANDRAfAncient Greek
Feminine form of Lysandros (see LYSANDER).
Variant of LISANNE.
LYSIMACHUSmAncient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυσιμαχος (Lysimachos), derived from λυσις (lysis) "a release, loosening" and μαχη (mache) "battle". This was the name of one of the generals under Alexander the Great. After Alexander's death Lysimachus took control of Thrace.
LYSISTRATEfAncient Greek
Derived from λυσις (lysis) "a release, loosening" and στρατος (stratos) "army".
LYSSA (1)fEnglish
Short form of ALYSSA.
LYSSA (2)fGreek Mythology
Means "rage, fury, anger" in Greek. In Greek mythology Lyssa is a goddess associated with uncontrolled rage.
LYUBAfRussian, Ukrainian
Diminutive of LYUBOV.
Derived from the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
LYUBOVfRussian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Derived from the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
LYUDMILmBulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Bulgarian masculine form of LUDMILA.
LYUDMILAfRussian, Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Russian and Bulgarian form of LUDMILA. This was the name of a character in Aleksandr Pushkin's poem 'Ruslan and Lyudmila' (1820).
Ukrainian form of LUDMILA.
LYYDIAfFinnish (Rare)
Finnish variant of LYDIA.
LYYTIfFinnish (Rare)
Finnish diminutive of LYDIA.
Dutch diminutive of MARIA.
MAALAfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MAHLAH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
Means "owner, possessor, master" in Arabic.
Limburgish short form of HERMAN.
Finnish form of MARIA.
MAARIKAfEstonian, Finnish
Diminutive of MAARJA (Estonian) or MAARIA (Finnish).
Finnish form of MARGARET.
Estonian form of MARIA.
Dutch form of MARTIN.
Dutch feminine form of MARTIN.
Dutch short form of THOMAS.
Maori form of MARTHA.
MAAYANf & mHebrew
Means "spring of water" in Hebrew.
Medieval feminine form of AMABILIS. This spelling and Amabel were common during the Middle Ages, though they became rare after the 15th century. It was revived in the 19th century after the publication of C. M. Yonge's novel 'The Heir of Redclyffe' (1854), which featured a character named Mabel (as well as one named Amabel).
MABELLAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of MABEL.
Variant of MABEL. It also coincides with the French phrase ma belle meaning "my beautiful".
Variant of MABEL.
MABONmWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Derived from Welsh mab meaning "son". This was the name of an old Celtic god.
Means "youth" in Welsh. This was the name of an obscure 6th-century Welsh saint. She was one of the daughters of Saint Brychan.
From the name of a barrio (district) in Seville, which got its name from a temple which may have been named for a person named Macarius (see MACARIO). The Virgin of Macarena, that is Mary, is widely venerated in Seville.
Feminine form of MACARIO.
Spanish form of the Latin name Macarius, derived from the Greek name Μακαριος (Makarios), which was in turn derived from Greek μακαρ (makar) meaning "blessed, happy". This was the name of several early saints.
Anglicized form of the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha meaning "son of life", implying holiness. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king. Shakespeare based his play 'Macbeth' loosely on this king's life.
MACHLAHf & mBiblical Hebrew
Hebrew form of MAHLAH.
Dutch form of MATILDA.
Variant of MACY.
Polish form of MATTHIAS.
MACK (1)mEnglish
From a surname which was originally a shortened form of various Gaelic surnames beginning with Mac or Mc (from Gaelic mac meaning "son"). It is also used as a generic slang term for a man.
MACK (2)mMedieval English
Medieval short form of MAGNUS, brought to Britain by Scandinavian settlers.
MACKENZIEf & mEnglish
From the Gaelic surname Mac Coinnich, which means "son of COINNEACH". A famous bearer of the surname was William Lyon MacKenzie (1795-1861), a Canadian journalist and political rebel. As a feminine given name, it was popularized by the American actress Mackenzie Phillips (1959-).
Welsh form of MAXIMUS. Magnus Maximus (known as Macsen in Welsh) was a 4th-century co-ruler of the Western Roman Empire. In Wales he was regarded as the founder of several royal lineages. He appears in the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth.
From an English surname which was from various towns named Massy in France. The towns themselves were originally named from a Gallo-Roman personal name that was Latinized as Maccius. This is the name of a chain of American department stores founded by Rowland Hussey Macy (1822-1877).
Means "Medes" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of a son of Japheth. He was the ancestor of the Medes, an ancient people related to the Persians.
Irish form of MAGDALENE.
Portuguese form of MAGDALENA.
Romanian form of MAGDALENE.
MADALITSOm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "blessings" in Chewa.
From the Latvian name for a type of flowering plant, known as cleavers or bedstraw in English.
Means "girl" in German. It is not used as a name in Germany itself.
Italian form of MAGDALENE.
Diminutive of MADELINE or MADISON.
MADDOXmEnglish (Modern)
From a Welsh surname meaning "son of MADOC". It was brought to public attention when the actress Angelina Jolie gave this name to her adopted son in 2002.
Diminutive of MADELINE or MADISON.
MADEm & fIndonesian, Balinese
From Sanskrit मध्य (madhya) meaning "middle". This name is traditionally given to the family's second-born child.
Derived from Dutch madeliefje meaning "daisy".
MADELINEfEnglish, French
English form of MAGDALENE. This is the name of the heroine in a series of children's books by Ludwig Bemelmans, first published 1939.
Dutch form of MAGDALENE.
Diminutive of MARGARET.
MADHAVAmSanskrit, Hinduism
Means "vernal, of the springtime" in Sanskrit. This is an epithet of several Hindu gods. It was also the name of a 14th-century Hindu scholar.
MADHAVIfHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi
Feminine form of MADHAVA. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi.
MADHUf & mIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu
From Sanskrit मधु (madhu) meaning "sweet, honey". This is another name of Chaitra, the first month of the Hindu year (which occurs in March and April).
MADHUKARmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "bee, honey-maker" in Sanskrit.
MADHURm & fIndian, Hindi
Means "sweet" in Sanskrit.
MADHURIfIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada
Means "sweetness" in Sanskrit.
MADINAfKazakh, Avar, Chechen
From the name of the city of Medina, Arabic المدينة (al-Madinah), which means "the city". The Saudi city is considered an Islamic holy site because the Prophet Muhammad was based there for a period.
MADISONf & mEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of MAUD". It was not commonly used as a feminine name until after the movie 'Splash' (1984), in which the main character adopted it as her name after seeing a street sign for Madison Avenue in New York City. A famous bearer of the surname was James Madison (1751-1836), one of the authors of the American constitution who later served as president.
Czech diminutive of MARIE.
Possibly derived from Welsh mad "fortunate" combined with a diminutive suffix.
Variant of MADOC.
Georgian form of MADONNA.
From a title of the Virgin Mary meaning "my lady" in Italian. A famous bearer of the name is American singer Madonna Ciccone (1958-), known simply as Madonna.
Danish short form of MATHIAS.
Variant of MAY. A famous bearer was American actress Mae West (1893-1980), whose birth name was Mary.
MÁEDÓCmAncient Irish
Meaning unknown. Saint Máedóc (also known as Áedán) of Ferns was a 7th-century Irish bishop.
Icelandic diminutive of MARIA.
MAËLmFrench, Breton
French form of Breton Mael, which was derived from a Celtic word meaning "chief" or "prince". Saint Mael was a 5th-century Breton hermit who lived in Wales.
Breton form of MAËL.
Feminine form of MAËL.
MAELETHfBiblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Form of MAHALATH used in the Greek and Latin Old Testament.
MAËLLEfFrench, Breton
French feminine form of MAËL.
MÁEL MÁEDÓCmAncient Irish
Means "disciple of Saint MÁEDÓC" in Irish. Saint Máel Máedóc (also known as Malachy) was a 12th-century archbishop of Armagh.
Means "disciple of Saint SEACHNALL" in Irish. This was the name of two Irish high kings: Máel Sechnaill mac Máele Ruanaid who ruled all of Ireland in the 9th century; and Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill (called Malachy) who defeated the Norse of Dublin in the 10th century.
Feminine form of MAËL, possibly influenced by the spelling of MAILYS.
MAEVAfTahitian, French
Means "welcome" in Tahitian. It gained popularity in France during the 1980s.
MAEVEfIrish, Irish Mythology
Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Medb meaning "intoxicating". In Irish legend this was the name of a warrior queen of Connacht. Her fight against Ulster and the hero Cúchulainn is told in the Irish epic 'The Cattle Raid of Cooley'.
MAFALDAfItalian, Portuguese
Italian and Portuguese form of MATILDA.
Means "true, certain" in Chamorro.
MAGALIfFrench, Occitan
Occitan form of MAGDALENE.
Variant of MAGALI.
MAGDALÉNAfCzech, Slovak, Hungarian
Czech, Slovak and Hungarian form of MAGDALENE.
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