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Derived from the Czech element lib meaning "love".
LIBERIAfLate Roman
Feminine form of LIBERIUS.
Simply from the English word liberty, derived from Latin libertas, a derivative of liber "free". Interestingly, since 1880 this name has charted on the American popularity lists in three different periods: in 1918 (at the end of World War I), in 1976 (the American bicentennial), and after 2001 (during the War on Terrorism).
Means "my heart" in Hebrew.
LIBITINAfRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown. Libitina was the Roman goddess of funerals, corpses and death.
Italian feminine form of LIBORIUS.
Derived from the Czech element lib meaning "love". In Czech legend Lubuše was the founder of Prague.
Czech diminutive of LUDMILA.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH or LYDIA.
LÍDIAfPortuguese, Catalan, Hungarian
Portuguese, Catalan and Hungarian form of LYDIA.
LIDIAfPolish, Italian, Spanish, Romanian
Polish, Italian, Spanish and Romanian form of LYDIA.
LIDIJAfSlovene, Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Slovene, Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian form of LYDIA.
LIDIYAfRussian, Bulgarian
Russian and Bulgarian form of LYDIA.
Polish diminutive of LIDIA.
Russian diminutive of LIDIYA.
Dutch diminutive of ANGELIQUE or names ending in lia.
From Sino-Vietnamese (liên) meaning "lotus, water lily".
Short form of CAROLIEN and other names ending in lien.
LIESfGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH.
German diminutive of ELISABETH.
Dutch variant of ELISABETH.
LIESEfGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH.
German diminutive of ELISABETH.
Dutch diminutive of ELISABETH.
German short form of ELISABETH.
Short form of GODELIEVE.
LIGAYAfFilipino, Tagalog
Means "happiness" in Tagalog.
LIGEIAfGreek Mythology, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λιγυς (ligys) meaning "clear-voiced, shrill, whistling". This was the name of one of the Sirens in Greek legend. It was also used by Edgar Allan Poe in his story 'Ligeia' (1838).
Portuguese form of LIGEIA.
Means "she is mine" in Hebrew.
Short form of KAROLIINA.
Estonian short form of ELIISABET.
LIISAfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian short form of ELISABET or ELIISABET.
LIISIfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian diminutive of ELISABET or ELIISABET.
Estonian diminutive of ELIISABET.
Dutch form of ELIZABETH.
LILA (1)fIndian, Hindi
Means "play, amusement" in Sanskrit.
LILACfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the shrub with purple or white flowers. It is derived via Arabic from Persian.
Means "lilac" in Hebrew.
LILAVATIfIndian, Hindi (Rare)
Means "amusing, charming, graceful" in Sanskrit. The 12th-century mathematician Bhaskara named one of his systems of mathematics after his daughter Lilavati. This was also the name of a 13th-century queen of Sri Lanka.
Irish form of LILY.
Scottish form of LILLIAN.
LILIfGerman, French, Hungarian
German, French and Hungarian diminutive of ELISABETH, also sometimes connected to the German word lilie meaning "lily". In Hungarian, it can also be diminutive of KAROLINA or JÚLIA.
LILIAfSpanish, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian
Spanish and Italian form of LILY, as well as a Russian and Ukrainian variant transcription of LILIYA.
LÍLIANfPortuguese (Brazilian)
Portuguese variant of LILLIAN.
LILIANf & mEnglish, French
English variant of LILLIAN, as well as a French masculine form.
Hungarian form of LILLIAN.
French form of LILLIAN.
Scottish form of LILLIAN.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
LILIJAfLithuanian, Latvian
Lithuanian and Latvian cognate of LILY.
Slovene form of LILLIAN.
Latvian form of LILITH.
LILITHfSemitic Mythology, Judeo-Christian Legend
Derived from Akkadian lilitu meaning "of the night". This was the name of a demon in ancient Assyrian myths. In Jewish tradition she was Adam's first wife, sent out of Eden and replaced by Eve because she would not submit to him. The offspring of Adam (or Samael) and Lilith were the evil spirits of the world.
LILIYAfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian cognate of LILY.
LILJAfIcelandic, Finnish
Icelandic and Finnish cognate of LILY.
Macedonian form of LILLIAN.
Hungarian diminutive of LÍVIA or LÍDIA.
LILLIfGerman, Finnish
German variant of LILI and a Finnish variant of LILJA.
Short form of LILLIAN or an elaborated form of LILY.
Probably originally a diminutive of ELIZABETH. It may also be considered an elaborated form of LILY, from the Latin word for "lily" lilium. This name has been used in England since the 16th century.
Scottish form of LILLIAN.
Variant of LILY.
LILLYfEnglish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish
English variant of LILY. It is also used in Scandinavia, as a form of LILY or a diminutive of ELISABETH.
Short form of LISELOTTE.
Either a diminutive of French names containing the sound lee or a combination of LILI and LOUISE.
From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium.
LILYAfRussian, Ukrainian
Variant transcription of LILIYA.
Bulgarian form of LILLIAN.
LIMm & fChinese
Hokkien Chinese form of LIN.
LIMBANIm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "be strong" in Chewa.
LIMBIKANIm & fSouthern African, Chewa
Means "work hard" in Chewa.
LINm & fChinese
From Chinese (lín) meaning "forest" or (lín) meaning "fine jade, gem". Other characters can also form this name.
LINA (1)fArabic
Means either "palm tree" or "tender" in Arabic.
LINA (2)fEnglish, Italian, Spanish, Lithuanian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Short form of names ending in lina.
LINA (3)fIndian, Hindi
Means "absorbed, united" in Sanskrit.
LINDAfEnglish, Dutch, German, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, French, Latvian, Finnish, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Ancient Germanic
Originally a medieval short form of Germanic names containing the element lind meaning "flexible, soft, mild". It also coincides with the Spanish and Portuguese word linda meaning "beautiful".
Means "the day is born" in Albanian, from lind "to give birth" and ditë "day".
LINDIWEfSouthern African, Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Swazi
Means "waited for, awaited" in Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele and Swazi.
LINDSAYf & mEnglish, Scottish
From an English and Scottish surname which was originally derived from the name of the region Lindsey, which means "LINCOLN island" in Old English. As a given name it was typically masculine until the 1960s (in Britain) and 1970s (in America) when it became popular for girls, probably due to its similarity to Linda and because of American actress Lindsay Wagner (1949-).
LINDYm & fEnglish
Originally this was a masculine name, coming into use in America in 1927 when the dance called the Lindy Hop became popular. The dance was probably named for aviator Charles Lindbergh. Later this name was used as a diminutive of LINDA.
LINEfDanish, Norwegian, French
Short form of CAROLINE and other names ending in line.
LINGf & mChinese
From Chinese (líng) meaning "spirit, soul", (líng) meaning "bell, chime", or other Chinese characters which are pronounced similarly.
LINHf & mVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (linh) meaning "spirit, soul".
LINNfSwedish, Norwegian
Short form of LINNÉA and other names containing the same sound.
LINNAEAfEnglish (Rare)
From the word for the type of flower, also called the twinflower (see LINNÉA).
From the name of a flower, also known as the twinflower. The Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus named it after himself, it being his favourite flower.
LINNETfEnglish (Rare)
Either a variant of LYNETTE or else from the name of the small bird, a type of finch.
Diminutive of LINDA and other names beginning with Lin.
LINZAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LINDA.
LIORm & fHebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
Strictly feminine form of LIOR.
Strictly feminine form of LIOR.
Variant transcription of LYUBA.
LIRONm & fHebrew
Means "song for me" or "joy for me" in Hebrew.
LISAfEnglish, German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Italian
Short form of ELIZABETH, ELISABETH, ELISABET or ELISABETTA. This is the name of the subject of one of the world's most famous paintings, the 'Mona Lisa', the portrait of Lisa del Giocondo by Leonardo da Vinci.
Combination of LISA and ANNE (1).
LISBETfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian short form of ELISABET.
German short form of ELISABETH.
Dutch variant of LISELOTTE.
Swedish variant of LISELOTTE.
Short form of ALICIA, FELICIA, and other names ending with the same sound.
LISHANf & mEastern African, Amharic
Means "award" in Amharic.
Short form of ELISABET.
Short form of MELISSA.
Diminutive of ELISABET.
Short form of names ending in lita. This name was brought to the public eye in the 1920s due to Lita Grey (1908-1995), who was the second wife of Charlie Chaplin. Her birth name was Lillita Louise MacMurray.
Means "my dew" in Hebrew.
Lithuanian form of LUCIA.
Lithuanian feminine form of LUDWIG.
Scottish form of LUCIA.
LIV (1)fSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Derived from the Old Norse name Hlíf meaning "protection". Its use has been influenced by the modern Scandinavian word liv meaning "life".
LIV (2)fEnglish
Short form of OLIVIA.
LÍVIAfPortuguese, Hungarian, Slovak
Portuguese, Hungarian and Slovak form of LIVIA (1).
LIVIA (1)fItalian, Romanian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of LIVIUS. This was the name of the wife of the Roman emperor Augustus.
LIVIA (2)fEnglish
Short form of OLIVIA.
LIVIANAfItalian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman family name Livianus, which was itself derived from the family name LIVIUS.
LIVIEfFrench, Czech
French and Czech feminine form of LIVIUS.
Means "white" in Hebrew.
Variant of LIVNA.
Diminutive of OLIVIA.
Polish form of LIVIA (1).
Short form of ELIZABETH. This is the familiar name of actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932-).
Short form of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
LJERKAfCroatian, Serbian, Slovene
Derived from South Slavic lijer meaning "lily".
Short form of LJILJANA.
LJILJANAfSerbian, Croatian
Derived from South Slavic ljiljan meaning "lily".
LJUBAfSerbian, Croatian, Czech, Slovene, Macedonian
From the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
Macedonian feminine form of LYUBEN.
LJUBICAfSerbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Slovene
From the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love" combined with a diminutive suffix. It can also come from Serbo-Croatian ljubicica meaning "violet".
Slovene form of LUDMILA.
Welsh form of LUCIA.
Feminine form of LLYWELYN.
Means "linnet, finch" in Welsh. The linnet (species Linaria cannabina) is a small European bird in the finch family.
Catalan form of LUCIA.
Catalan feminine form of LOUIS.
LOANEfFrench (Rare)
Feminine form of ELOUAN.
LOCHANAfIndian, Hindi
Feminine form of LOCHAN.
Feminine diminutive of LODEWIJK.
LOGANm & fScottish, English
From a surname which was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" in Scottish Gaelic.
Spanish form of LOIS (1).
LOIS (1)fEnglish, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Possibly derived from Greek λωιων (loion) meaning "more desirable" or "better". Lois is mentioned in the New Testament as the mother of Eunice and the grandmother of Timothy. As an English name, it came into use after the Protestant Reformation. In fiction, this is the name of the girlfriend of the comic book hero Superman.
LOLAfSpanish, English
Diminutive of DOLORES.
LOLICIAfEnglish (Rare)
Elaborated form of LOLA.
Diminutive of LOLA.
LONDONf & mEnglish (Modern)
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain. As a surname it was borne by the American author Jack London (1876-1916).
Short form of ABELONE.
LORAfEnglish, Italian
Variant of LAURA. It is also used as an Italian diminutive of ELEONORA or LOREDANA.
LORE (1)fGerman
German contracted form of ELEONORE.
LORE (2)fBasque
Means "flower" in Basque.
Variant of LORE (2).
LOREDANAfItalian, Romanian
Used by the French author George Sand for a character in her novel 'Mattea' (1833) and later by the Italian author Luciano Zuccoli in his novel 'L'amore de Loredana' (1908). It was possibly based on the Venetian surname Loredan, which was derived from the place name Loreo.
Elaboration of LORA.
LORELEIfGermanic Mythology
From a Germanic name meaning "luring rock". This is the name of a rock headland on the Rhine River. Legends say that a maiden named the Lorelei lives on the rock and lures fishermen to their death with her song.
LORENm & fEnglish
Either a short form of LAURENCE (1) (masculine) or a variant of LAUREN (feminine).
LORENA (1)fSpanish, Portuguese, Italian, Croatian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of LORRAINE.
LORENA (2)fEnglish
Latinized form of LAUREN. This name was first brought to public attention in America by the song 'Lorena' (1856), written by Joseph Webster, who was said to have created the name as an anagram of LENORE (from the character in Poe's poem 'The Raven').
Elaboration of LORA.
LORENZAfItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
Variant of LORETO.
LORETOf & mItalian, Spanish
From the name of a town in Italy, originally called Lauretum in Latin, meaning "laurel grove". Supposedly in the 13th century the house of the Virgin Mary was miraculously carried by angels from Nazareth to the town.
LORETTAfEnglish, Italian
Either an elaboration of LORA or a variant of LAURETTA. It is also sometimes used as a variant of LORETO.
Diminutive of LAURA or LORRAINE.
Variant of LORI.
Elaboration of LORA.
Either a diminutive of LORA or a variant of LORETO.
Created by the author R. D. Blackmore for the title character in his novel 'Lorna Doone' (1869), set in southern England, which describes the dangerous love between John Ridd and Lorna Doone. Blackmore may have based the name on the Scottish place name Lorne or on the title 'Marquis of Lorne' (see LORNE).
From the name of a region in France, originally meaning "kingdom of LOTHAR". Lothar was a Frankish king, the great-grandson of Charlemagne, whose realm was in the part of France that is now called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen (from Latin Lothari regnum). As a given name, it has been used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, perhaps due to its similar sound with Laura. It became popular after World War I when the region was in the news, as it was contested between Germany and France.
Variant of LORI.
Variant of LORI.
LOTUSfEnglish (Rare)
From the name of the lotus flower (species Nelumbo nucifera) or the mythological lotus tree. They are ultimately derived from Greek λωτος (lotos). In Greek and Roman mythology the lotus tree was said to produce a fruit causing sleepiness and forgetfulness.
LOUf & mEnglish, French
Short form of LOUISE or LOUIS. Famous bearers include the baseball player Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) and the musician Lou Reed (1942-2013).
Combination of LOU and ANNE (1).
Combination of LOU and the popular name suffix ella.
LOUHIfFinnish Mythology
Variant of LOVIATAR. In Finnish mythology Louhi was another name of the death goddess Loviatar. She appears in the Finnish epic the 'Kalevala' as a witch ruling the northern area known as Pohjola. She is the primary antagonist to the hero Väinämöinen.
LOUISAfEnglish, German, Dutch
Latinate feminine form of LOUIS. A famous bearer was the American novelist Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), the author of 'Little Women'.
LOUISEfFrench, English, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, German
French feminine form of LOUIS.
Diminutive of LOUISE.
Greek feminine form of LOUIS.
LOUNAfFrench (Modern)
Possibly a variant of LUNA.
From the name of a French town. It became a popular center of pilgrimage after a young girl from the town had visions of the Virgin Mary in a nearby grotto.
LOVE (2)fEnglish
Simply from the English word love, derived from Old English lufu.
LOVIATARfFinnish Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Finnish mythology Loviatar, also known as Louhi, was a goddess of death and plague.
Finnish feminine form of LOUIS.
Estonian feminine form of LOUIS.
Swedish feminine form of LOUIS.
LOVISEfDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian feminine form of LOUIS.
Welsh form of LAURA.
LUANAfEnglish, Italian, Portuguese
From the movie 'Bird of Paradise' (1932), in which it was borne by the main character, a Polynesian girl. The movie was based on a 1912 play of the same name set in Hawaii.
Either a combination of LOU and ANN or a variant of LUANA. It was popularized in the 1950s by the singer Lu Ann Simms (1933-2003).
LUANNAfEnglish (Rare)
Either a combination of LOU and ANNA or a variant of LUANA.
Variant of LUANN.
Slovak form of LJUBA.
LUBAfRussian, Ukrainian
Variant transcription of LYUBA.
Slovak form of LJUBICA.
Means "storax tree" in Arabic. According to a 7th-century legend Lubna and Qays were a couple forced to divorce by Qays's father.
LUCA (2)fHungarian, Croatian
Hungarian and Croatian form of LUCIA.
This name was first used by the poet Richard Lovelace for a collection of poems called 'Lucasta' (1649). The poems were dedicated to Lucasta, a nickname for the woman he loved Lucy Sacheverel, who he called lux casta "pure light".
LUCEfItalian, French
Italian and French variant of LUCIA. This also means "light" in Italian.
Diminutive of LUCE. Shakespeare used this name for a character in his play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594).
Diminutive of LUCIE.
Portuguese form of LUCIA.
Spanish form of LUCIA.
LUCIAfItalian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of LUCIUS. Saint Lucia was a 4th-century martyr from Syracuse. She was said to have had her eyes gouged out, and thus she is the patron saint of the blind. She was widely revered in the Middle Ages, and her name has been used throughout Christian Europe (in various spellings). It has been used in the England since the 12th century, usually in the spellings Lucy or Luce.
LUCIEfFrench, Czech
French and Czech form of LUCIA.
Feminine form of LUCIEN.
Latvian form of LUCIA.
LUCIJAfSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian form of LUCIA.
Spanish form of LUCILLA.
Portuguese feminine form of LUCILIUS.
LUCILIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of 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.
Polish feminine form of LUCIUS.
Variant of ŁUCJA.
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.
Italian form of LUCRETIA.
English form of LUCIA, in use since the Middle Ages.
Polish form of LUCINA.
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.
Latinate feminine form of LUDWIG.
Polish feminine form of LUDWIG.
Italian feminine form of LOUIS.
Diminutive of LUIGIA.
LUIGSECHfAncient Irish
Derived from the name of the Irish god LUGH.
Feminine form of LUÍS.
LUISAfSpanish, Italian
Feminine form of LUIS.
German form of LOUISE.
Modern form of LUIGSECH.
Diminutive of LUISA.
Diminutive of LUISA.
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.
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.
Means "luxurious" in Esperanto.
Diminutive of LOUISE and names that begin with Lu.
Means "flower" in Albanian.
LULITfEastern African, Amharic
From Amharic ሉል (lul) meaning "pearl".
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.
Portuguese form of LOURDES.
Means "moon" in Armenian.