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This is a list of names in which the gender is masculine; and the first letter is L.
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LABANmBiblical
Derived from Hebrew לָבָן (lavan) meaning "white". In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Rachel and Leah.
LACEYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of LACY.
LACHIEmScottish
Diminutive of LACHLAN.
LACHLANmScottish, English (Australian)
Originally a Scottish nickname for a person who was from Norway. In Scotland, Norway was known as the "land of the lochs", or Lochlann.
LACHTNAmIrish
Means "milk-coloured" in Irish Gaelic. According to legend this was the name of an ancestor of the Irish king Brian Boru.
LACYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Lassy, the name of a town in Normandy. The name of the town was Gaulish in origin, perhaps deriving from a personal name which was Latinized as Lascius.
LADISLAOmItalian
Italian form of VLADISLAV.
LADISLASmHistory
Latinized form of VLADISLAV.
LADISLAUSmHistory
Latinized form of VLADISLAV.
LADISLAVmCzech, Slovak, Slovene, Croatian
Czech, Slovak, Slovene and Croatian form of VLADISLAV.
LADOmGeorgian
Short form of VLADIMER.
LAELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "of God" in Hebrew. This is the name of the father of Eliasaph in the Old Testament.
LAELIUSmAncient Roman
Masculine form of LAELIA.
LAIRDmEnglish (Rare)
From a Scottish surname meaning "landowner".
LAIUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of Greek Λαιος (Laios), which is of unknown meaning. This was the name of a king of Thebes in Greek mythology, the husband of Jocasta. Due to a prophecy that he would be killed by his son, Laius left his infant Oedipus for dead. The boy survived but was ignorant of his true parentage. Years later he unwittingly killed Laius in a quarrel on the road.
LAJOSmHungarian
Hungarian form of LOUIS.
LAKEm & fEnglish (Rare)
From the English word lake, for the inland body of water. It is ultimately derived from Latin lacus.
LAKSHMANAmHinduism
Means "having lucky marks" in Sanskrit. In the Hindu epic the 'Ramayana' he is the trusted companion of the hero Rama, accompanying him into exile.
LAKSHMIf & mHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi
Means "sign, mark" in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu goddess of prosperity, good luck, and beauty. She is the wife of Vishnu and her symbol is the lotus flower, with which she is often depicted.
LALmIndian, Hindi, Nepali
Means "boy" in Hindi, derived from Sanskrit लल (lala) meaning "playing, caressing".
LALAWETHIKAmNative American, Shawnee
Means "he makes noise" in Shawnee. This was another name of the Shawnee leader Tenskwatawa (1775-1836).
LALITmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Masculine form of LALITA.
LALOmSpanish
Diminutive of EDUARDO.
LAMARmEnglish, African American
From a French and English surname, originally from a place name in Normandy, which was derived from Old French la mare meaning "the pool".
LAMBAERmLimburgish
Limburgish form of LAMBERT. Its spelling has been influenced by the French pronunciation of Lambert.
LAMBERTmGerman, Dutch, French, English, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements landa "land" and beraht "bright". Saint Lambert of Maastricht was a 7th-century bishop who was martyred after denouncing Pepin II for adultery.
LAMBERTOmItalian
Italian form of LAMBERT.
LAMECHmBiblical
Possibly means "to make low" in Hebrew. This is the name of two characters in Genesis in the Old Testament: a descendant of Cain and the father of Noah.
LAMMERTmDutch
Dutch variant of LAMBERT.
LAMONTmEnglish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the Old Norse given name Logmaðr meaning "law man".
LANf & mChinese, Vietnamese
From Chinese (lán) meaning "orchid, elegant" (which is usually only feminine) or (lán) meaning "mountain mist". Other Chinese characters can form this name as well. As a Vietnamese name, it is derived from Sino-Vietnamese meaning "orchid".
LANCEmEnglish
From the Germanic name Lanzo, originally a short form of names that began with the element landa meaning "land". During the Middle Ages it became associated with Old French lance "spear, lance". A famous bearer is American cyclist Lance Armstrong (1971-).
LANCELOTmArthurian Romance
Meaning unknown, possibly an Old French diminutive of Lanzo (see LANCE). In Arthurian legend Lancelot was the bravest of the Knights of the Round Table. He became the lover of Arthur's wife Guinevere. His earliest appearance is in the works of the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes.
LANDEBERTmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LAMBERT.
LANDOmItalian
Italian form of Lanzo (see LANCE).
LANDONmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from an Old English place name meaning "long hill" (effectively meaning "ridge"). Use of the name may have been inspired in part by the actor Michael Landon (1936-1991).
LANEmEnglish
From a surname meaning "lane, path" which originally belonged to a person who lived near a lane.
LANFORDmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "long ford" in Old English.
LANGDONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of the surname LANDON.
LÀNHm & fVietnamese
Means "good, favourable, gentle" in Vietnamese.
LANNYmEnglish
Diminutive of LANCE, LANDON, and other names beginning with Lan.
LANZOmAncient Germanic
Old German form of LANCE.
LAOGHAIREmIrish
Modern Irish form of LÓEGAIRE.
LAPOmItalian
Diminutive of JACOPO.
LARImFinnish
Finnish diminutive of LAURENCE (1) or HILARIUS.
LARKINmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of LAURENCE (1).
LARRYmEnglish
Diminutive of LAURENCE (1). A notable bearer is former basketball player Larry Bird (1956-).
LÁRUSmIcelandic
Icelandic form of LAURENCE (1).
LASHAWNf & mAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name SHAWN.
LASHAYmAfrican American (Rare)
Combination of the popular name prefix La and SHAY (1).
LASSEmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Scandinavian and Finnish form of LAURENCE (1).
LASSImFinnish
Finnish form of LAURENCE (1).
LÁSZLÓmHungarian
Hungarian form of VLADISLAV. Saint László was an 11th-century king of Hungary, looked upon as the embodiment of Christian virtue and bravery.
LATIFmArabic
Means "gentle, kind" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition اللطيف (al-Latif) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
LAUmDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of LAURENS.
LAUNCEmLiterature
Short form of Launcelot, a variant of LANCELOT. This was the name of a clownish character in Shakespeare's play 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona' (1594).
LAUNOmFinnish (Rare)
Possibly a Finnish diminutive of KLAUS.
LAURENf & mEnglish
Variant or feminine form of LAURENCE (1). Originally a masculine name, it was first popularized as a feminine name by actress Betty Jean Perske (1924-), who used Lauren Bacall as her stage name.
LAURENCE (1)mEnglish
From the Roman cognomen Laurentius, which meant "from Laurentum". Laurentum was a city in ancient Italy, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus "laurel". Saint Laurence was a 3rd-century deacon and martyr from Rome. According to tradition he was roasted alive on a gridiron because, when ordered to hand over the church's treasures, he presented the sick and poor. Due to the saint's popularity, the name came into general use in the Christian world (in various spellings).... [more]
LAURENSmDutch
Dutch form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURENTmFrench
French form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURENTINUSmAncient Roman
Roman cognomen which was a derivative of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)). Saint Laurentinus was a 3rd-century martyr from Carthage.
LAURENȚIUmRomanian
Romanian form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURENTIUSmAncient Roman
Ancient Roman form of LAURENCE (1).
LAURENZmGerman
German form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURImFinnish
Finnish form of LAURENCE (1).
LAURIEf & mEnglish, Dutch
Diminutive of LAURA or LAURENCE (1).
LAURITSmDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURITZmDanish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAUROmItalian
Italian form of Laurus (see LAURA).
LAURUSmLate Roman
Original masculine form of LAURA.
LAURYNASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAVERNm & fEnglish
Variant of LAVERNE.
LAVERNEf & mEnglish
From a surname which was derived from a French place name, ultimately derived from the Gaulish word vern meaning "alder". It is sometimes associated with the Roman goddess Laverna or the Latin word vernus "of spring".
LAVImHebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
LAVRENTImRussian
Variant transcription of LAVRENTIY.
LAVRENTIOSmGreek
Greek form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAVRENTIYmRussian
Russian form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAVRENTYmRussian
Variant transcription of LAVRENTIY.
LAWmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of LAURENCE (1).
LAWRENCEmEnglish
Variant of LAURENCE (1). This spelling of the name is now more common than Laurence in the English-speaking world, probably because Lawrence is the usual spelling of the surname. The surname was borne by the author and poet D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), as well as the revolutionary T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935), who was known as Lawrence of Arabia.
LAWRIEmEnglish
Diminutive of LAWRENCE.
LAWSONmEnglish
From an English surname meaning "son of LAURENCE (1)".
LAXMANmIndian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu
Variant transcription of LAKSHMAN.
LAXMIf & mIndian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Variant transcription of LAKSHMI.
LAYNEmEnglish
Variant of LANE.
LAYTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "settlement with a leek garden" in Old English.
LAZmEnglish
Diminutive of LARRY.
LÁZÁRmHungarian
Hungarian form of LAZARUS.
LAZARmRussian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian form of LAZARUS.
LAZAREmFrench
French form of LAZARUS.
LÁZAROmSpanish
Spanish form of LAZARUS.
LAZARUSmBiblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of Λαζαρος (Lazaros), a Greek form of ELEAZAR used in the New Testament. Lazarus was a man from Bethany, the brother of Mary and Martha, who was restored to life by Jesus.
LAZERmYiddish
Yiddish form of ELIEZER.
LAZZAROmItalian
Italian form of LAZARUS.
LEANDERmGreek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λεανδρος (Leandros), derived from λεων (leon) meaning "lion" and ανηρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek legend Leander was the lover of Hero. Every night he swam across the Hellespont to meet her, but on one occasion he was drowned when a storm arose. When Hero saw his dead body she threw herself into the waters and perished.
LÉANDREmFrench
French form of LEANDER.
LEANDROmSpanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of LEANDER.
LEARYmIrish
Anglicized form of LAOGHAIRE.
LEBERECHTmGerman (Rare)
Means "live rightly" from German lebe "live" and recht "right". This name was created in the 17th century.
LEBRONmAfrican American (Rare)
Meaning unknown, probably an invented name. This is the name of basketball player LeBron James (1984-).
LECHmPolish, Slavic Mythology
From the name of the Slavic tribe the Lendians, called the Lędzianie in Polish. According to Slavic legend this was the name of the founder of the Polish people. A famous bearer was the Polish president Lech Wałęsa (1943-).
LECHOSŁAWmPolish
Derived from the Polish name LECH combined with the Slavic element slava meaning "glory".
LEEm & fEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Old English leah meaning "clearing". The surname belonged to Robert E. Lee (1807-1870), commander of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War. In his honour, it has been commonly used as a given name in the American South.
LEEVImFinnish
Finnish form of LEVI.
LEFTERISmGreek
Short form of ELEFTHERIOS.
LEGENDmEnglish (Modern)
From the English word, referring to a story about the past (or by extension, a heroic character in such a story), ultimately from Latin legere "to read".
LEGOLASmLiterature
Means "green leaves" in Sindarin, from laeg "green" combined with go-lass "collection of leaves". In 'The Lord of the Rings' (1954) by J. R. R. Tolkien, Legolas is the son of the elf lord Thranduil and a member of the Fellowship of the Ring.
LEHImMormon
From an Old Testament place name meaning "jawbone" in Hebrew, so called because it was the site where the hero Samson defeated 1,000 warriors using only the jawbone of a donkey as a weapon. It is also used in the Book of Mormon as the name of a prophet.
LEHUAf & mHawaiian
Means "ohia flower" in Hawaiian.
LEI (1)m & fHawaiian
Means "flowers, lei, child" in Hawaiian.
LEI (2)m & fChinese
From Chinese (lěi) meaning "pile of stones" (which is typically masculine) or (lěi) meaning "bud" (typically feminine). Other characters can also form this name.
LEIFmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Old Norse name Leifr meaning "descendant, heir". Leif Eriksson was a Norse explorer who reached North America in the early 11th century. He was the son of Erik the Red.
LEIFRmAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of LEIF.
LEIFURmIcelandic
Icelandic form of LEIF.
LEIGHf & mEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of LEE.
LEIGHTONmEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of LAYTON.
LEILANIf & mHawaiian
Means "heavenly flowers" or "royal child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
LEITHm & fEnglish (Rare)
From a surname, originally from the name of a Scottish town (now a district of Edinburgh), which is derived from Gaelic lìte "wet, damp". It is also the name of the river that flows though Edinburgh.
LEIVmNorwegian
Norwegian variant of LEIF.
LELANDmEnglish
From a surname, originally from an English place name, which meant "fallow land" in Old English. A famous bearer was the politician, businessman and Stanford University founder Leland Stanford (1824-1893).
LELIOmItalian
Italian form of Laelius (see LAELIA).
LELISAmEastern African, Oromo
From Oromo leellisaa meaning "admirer".
LELLEmSwedish
Diminutive of LENNART.
LEMMINKÄINENmFinnish Mythology
Meaning unknown, possibly related to Finnish lempi "love". In the Finnish epic the 'Kalevala' this is the name of an arrogant hero. After he was killed his mother fetched his body from the River of Death and restored him to life. He is sometimes identified with the god Ahti.
LEMOINEmEnglish (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "the monk" in French.
LEMUELmBiblical, Mormon, Biblical Hebrew
Means "for God" in Hebrew. This was the name of a king briefly mentioned in Proverbs in the Old Testament. In the Book of Mormon it is the name of a son of Lehi and Sariah. It is also borne by the hero of Jonathan Swift's novel 'Gulliver's Travels' (1726).
LENmEnglish
Short form of LEONARD.
LENARTmSlovene
Slovene form of LEONARD.
LENCHOmEastern African, Oromo
Means "lion" in Oromo.
LENNARTmSwedish, Danish, Norwegian, Low German, Dutch
Swedish and Low German form of LEONARD.
LENNIEmEnglish
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LENNONm & fScottish, English (Modern)
Anglicized form of the Irish surname Ó Leannáin, which means "descendant of Leannán". The name Leannán means "lover" in Gaelic. This surname was borne by musician John Lennon (1940-1980), a member of the Beatles.
LENNOXm & fScottish, English (Modern)
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the name of a district in Scotland. The district, called Leamhnachd in Gaelic, possibly means "place of elms".
LENNYmEnglish
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LENOXmScottish, English (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of LENNOX.
LENZmGerman
Short form of LORENZ. This is also a German poetic word referring to the springtime.
LÉOmFrench
French form of LEO.
LEOmGerman, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, English, Croatian, Late Roman
Derived from Latin leo meaning "lion", a cognate of LEON. It was popular among early Christians and was the name of 13 popes, including Saint Leo the Great who asserted the dominance of the Roman bishops (the popes) over all others in the 5th century. It was also borne by six Byzantine emperors and five Armenian kings. Another famous bearer was Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), a Russian novelist whose works include 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina'. Leo is also the name of a constellation and the fifth sign of the zodiac.
LEOBWINmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements leub "dear, beloved" and win "friend", making it a cognate of LEOFWINE.
LEOCADIOmSpanish
Masculine form of LEOCADIA.
LEOCADIUSmLate Roman
Masculine form of LEOCADIA.
LEOFDÆGmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English element leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" combined with dæg "day".
LEOFRICmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English element leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" combined with ric "power".
LEOFSIGEmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" and sige "victory".
LEOFSTANmAnglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English element leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" combined with stan "stone".
LEOFWINEmAnglo-Saxon
Means "dear friend", derived from the Old English elements leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" and wine "friend". This was the name of an 8th-century English saint, also known as Lebuin, who did missionary work in Frisia.
LEOLINmWelsh
Variant of LLYWELYN influenced by Latin leo "lion".
LÉONmFrench
French form of LEON.
LEÓNmSpanish
Spanish form of LEON. León is also the name of a province in Spain, though the etymology is unrelated.
LEONmEnglish, German, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion". During the Christian era this Greek name was merged with the Latin cognate Leo, with the result that the two forms are used somewhat interchangeably across European languages. In England during the Middle Ages this was a common name among Jews. A famous bearer was Leon Trotsky (1879-1940), a Russian Communist revolutionary.
LÉONARDmFrench
French form of LEONARD.
LEONARDmEnglish, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "brave lion", derived from the Germanic elements lewo "lion" (of Latin origin) and hard "brave, hardy". This was the name of a 5th-century Frankish saint from Noblac who is the patron of prisoners and horses. The Normans brought this name to England, though it did not become common there until the 19th century.
LEONARDOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEONARD. A notable bearer was Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), an Italian artist and scientist of the Renaissance. He is also known as the inventor of several contraptions, including flying machines, as well as the painter of the 'Mona Lisa'. Another famous bearer was Leonardo Fibonacci, a 13th-century Italian mathematician. A more recent bearer is American actor Leonardo DiCaprio (1974-).
LEONASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of LEON.
LÉONCEmFrench
French form of LEONTIOS.
LEONCIOmSpanish
Spanish form of LEONTIOS.
LEONE (1)mItalian
Italian form of LEON.
LEONHARDmGerman
German form of LEONARD. Leonhard Euler was a Swiss mathematician who made many important contributions to calculus, number theory, geometry and theoretical physics.
LEONIDmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of LEONIDAS.
LEONIDAmItalian
Italian form of LEONIDAS.
LEONIDASmGreek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion" combined with the patronymic suffix ιδης (ides). Leonidas was a Spartan king of the 5th century BC who sacrificed his life and his army defending the pass of Thermopylae from the Persians. This was also the name of a 3rd-century saint and martyr, the father of Origen, from Alexandria.
LÉONIDEm & fFrench (Rare)
French masculine and feminine form of LEONIDAS.
LEONIUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name which was derived from LEO.
LEONTImRussian
Variant transcription of LEONTIY.
LEONTIOSmAncient Greek
Derived from Greek λεων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of various early saints and martyrs. It was also borne by a 7th-century Byzantine emperor.
LEONTIYmRussian
Russian form of LEONTIOS.
LEONTYmRussian
Variant transcription of LEONTIY.
LEONZIOmItalian
Italian form of LEONTIOS.
LÉOPOLDmFrench
French form of LEOPOLD.
LEOPOLDmGerman, Dutch, English, Slovene, Polish
Derived from the Germanic elements leud "people" and bald "bold". The spelling was altered due to association with Latin leo "lion". This name was common among German royalty, first with the Babenbergs and then the Habsburgs. Saint Leopold was a 12th-century Babenberg margrave of Austria, who is now considered the patron of that country. It was also borne by two Habsburg Holy Roman emperors, as well as three kings of Belgium. Since the 19th century this name has been occasionally used in England, originally in honour of Queen Victoria's uncle, a king of Belgium, after whom she named one of her sons. It was later used by James Joyce for the main character, Leopold Bloom, in his novel 'Ulysses' (1920).
LEOPOLDOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEOPOLD.
LEOŠmCzech
Czech form of LEO.
LERmIrish Mythology
Irish cognate of LLYR. Ler was an Irish god of the sea, the father of Manannan mac Lir.
LEROYmEnglish
From the French nickname le roi meaning "the king". It has been common as an English given name since the 19th century.
LESmEnglish
Short form of LESLIE or LESTER.
LESŁAWmPolish
Short form of LECHOSŁAW.
LESLEYf & mEnglish
Variant of LESLIE.
LESLIEf & mEnglish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from a Scottish place name, probably derived from Gaelic leas celyn meaning "garden of holly". It has been used as a given name since the 19th century. In America it was more common as a feminine name after the 1940s.
LESTATmLiterature
Name used by author Anne Rice for a character in her 'Vampire Chronicles' series of novels, first released in 1976, where it belongs to the French vampire Lestat de Lioncourt. Rice possibly intended the name to appear derived from Old French or Occitan l'estat "state, status", though apparently her husband's name Stan was inspiration.
LESTERmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from the name of the city of Leicester, originally denoting a person who was from that place. The city's name is derived from the river name Ligore combined with Latin castra "camp".
LESZEKmPolish
Diminutive of LECH.
LEUDAGARmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LUITGER.
LEUDBALDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LEOPOLD.
LEUDOBERCTmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LUBBERT.
LEUImBiblical Greek
Form of LEVI used in the Greek Bible.
LEUTHARmAncient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements leud "people" and hari "army".
LEUTWINmAncient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements leud "people" and win "friend". Saint Leutwin was an 8th-century bishop of Trier.
LEV (1)mRussian
Means "lion" in Russian, functioning as a vernacular form of Leo. This was the real Russian name of both author Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) and revolutionary Leon Trotsky (1879-1940).
LEV (2)mHebrew
Means "heart" in Hebrew.
LEVANmGeorgian
Georgian form of LEON.
LEVENTmTurkish
From the Ottoman Turkish term levend, referring to a member of the navy, which is possibly ultimately derived from Italian levante "person from the eastern Mediterranean". The Turkish word has now come to mean "tall, handsome, roguish".
LEVENTEmHungarian
Old Hungarian name, possibly of Slavic origin, or possibly from Hungarian lesz "will be". This name was used by the Árpád royal family since at least the 10th century.
LEVImHebrew, English, Dutch, Biblical, Biblical Latin
Possibly means "joined, attached" in Hebrew. As told in the Old Testament, Levi was the third son of Jacob and Leah, and the ancestor of one of the twelve tribes of the Israelites, known as the Levites. This was the tribe that formed the priestly class of the Israelites. The brothers Moses and Aaron were members. In the New Testament this is another name for the apostle Matthew. As an English Christian name, Levi came into use after the Protestant Reformation.
LEVONmArmenian
Armenian form of LEON. This was the name of several kings of Cilician Armenia, including the first king Levon I the Magnificent.
LEW (1)mEnglish
Short form of LEWIS.
LEW (2)mPolish
Polish cognate of LEV (1).
LEWImBiblical Hebrew
Ancient Hebrew form of LEVI.
LEWINmEnglish (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the given name LEOFWINE.
LEWISmEnglish
Medieval English form of LOUIS. A famous bearer was Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the author of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. This was also the surname of C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), the author of the 'Chronicles of Narnia'.
LEXmEnglish, Dutch
Short form of ALEXANDER.
LEYTONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of LAYTON.
LHAMOf & mTibetan, Bhutanese
Means "goddess" in Tibetan.
LI (1)f & mChinese
From Chinese () meaning "reason, logic", () meaning "stand, establish", () meaning "black, dawn", () meaning "power, capability, influence" (which is usually only masculine) or () meaning "beautiful" (usually only feminine). Other Chinese characters are also possible.
LI (2)f & mHebrew
Means "to me" in Hebrew.
LIAMmIrish, English
Irish short form of WILLIAM.
LIBERmRoman Mythology
Derived from Latin liber meaning "free". This was the name of a Roman fertility god, often identified with Dionysus.
LIBERATOREmItalian
Means "liberator" in Italian.
LIBERIUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name which was derived from Latin liber "free". This name was borne by a 2nd-century saint and a 4th-century pope.
LIBORmCzech
Czech form of LIBERIUS.
LIBORIOmItalian
Italian form of LIBORIUS.
LIBORIUSmLate Roman
Possibly a variant of LIBERIUS, or possibly a Latinized form of a Gaulish name. Saint Liborius was a 4th-century bishop of Le Mans.
LIEBERmYiddish
From Yiddish לִיבֵע (libe) meaning "love", of German origin.
LIÊMmVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (liêm) meaning "clean, honest, upright".
LIEVENmFlemish
Flemish form of LEOBWIN.
LIEVINmFlemish
Flemish form of LEOBWIN.
LILIANf & mEnglish, French
English variant of LILLIAN, as well as a French masculine form.
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.
LINASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of LINUS. This is also the Lithuanian word for "flax" (a cognate of the name's root).
LINCOLNmEnglish
From a surname which was originally from the name of a city in England, called Lindum Colonia by the Romans, derived from Brythonic lindo "lake, pool" and Latin colonia "colony". This name is usually given in honour of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), president of the United States during the American Civil War.
LINDENmEnglish
From a German surname which was derived from Old High German linta meaning "linden tree".
LINDONmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of LYNDON.
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.
LINFORDmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was originally taken from place names meaning either "flax ford" or "linden tree ford" in Old English.
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".
LINOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Galician form of LINUS.
LINTONmEnglish
From a surname which was originally from place names meaning either "flax town" or "linden tree town" in Old English.
LINUSmGreek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized), German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Greek name Λινος (Linos) meaning "flax". In Greek legend he was the son of the god Apollo, who accidentally killed him in a contest. Another son of Apollo by this name was the music teacher of Herakles. The name was also borne by the second pope, serving after Saint Peter in the 1st century. In modern times this was the name of a character in Charles Schulz's comic strip 'Peanuts'.
LINWOODmEnglish
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "stream forest" in Old English.
LIONELmFrench, English
French diminutive of LÉON. A notable bearer is Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi (1987-).
LIORm & fHebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
LIRmIrish Mythology (Anglicized)
Variant of LER based on the genitive case of the name.
LIRONm & fHebrew
Means "song for me" or "joy for me" in Hebrew.
LISANDROmSpanish
Spanish form of LYSANDER.
LIUDVIKASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of LUDWIG.
LIUPOLDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LEOPOLD.
LIVIANUSmAncient Roman
Latin masculine form of LIVIANA.
LIVIOmItalian
Italian form of LIVIUS.
LIVIUmRomanian
Romanian form of LIVIUS.
LIVIUSmAncient Roman
Roman family name which may be related to either Latin liveo "to envy" or lividus "blue, envious". Titus Livius, also known as Livy, was a Roman historian who wrote a history of the city of Rome.
LIVYmHistory
Form of LIVIUS used to refer to the Roman historian Titus Livius.
LJUBANmSerbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of LYUBEN.
LJUBEmMacedonian
Diminutive of LJUBOMIR.
LJUBENmMacedonian
Macedonian form of LYUBEN.
LJUBOMIRmCroatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian form of LUBOMÍR.
LJUDMILmMacedonian
Macedonian masculine form of LUDMILA.
LJUPCHOmMacedonian
Variant transcription of LJUPČO.
LLEUmWelsh Mythology
Probably a Welsh form of LUGUS. In the Mabinogion, Lleu Llaw Gyffes is the son of Arianrhod. He was raised by his uncle Gwydion, who helped him overcome the curses that his mother placed upon him.
LLEWmWelsh, Welsh Mythology
Variant of LLEU. It can also be a short form of LLEWELYN. It coincides with the Welsh word llew meaning "lion".
LLEWELYNmWelsh
Variant of LLYWELYN influenced by the Welsh word llew "lion".
LLORENÇmCatalan
Catalan form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LLOYDmEnglish
From a surname which was derived from Welsh llwyd meaning "grey". The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-) is a famous bearer of this name.
LLUCmCatalan
Catalan form of LUKE.
LLUÍSmCatalan
Catalan form of LOUIS.
LLYRmWelsh Mythology
Means "the sea" in Welsh. This was the name of the Welsh god of the sea. He possibly forms the basis for the legendary King Lear of the Britons.
LLYWELYNmWelsh
Possibly a Welsh form of the old Celtic name Lugubelenus, a combination of the names of the gods LUGUS and BELENUS. Alternatively it may be derived from Welsh llyw "leader". This was the name of several Welsh rulers, notably the 13th-century Llywelyn the Great who fought against England.
LOANmFrench
Variant of ELOUAN.
LOCHANmIndian, Hindi
Means "the eye" in Sanskrit.
LOCHLAINNmIrish
Irish form of LACHLAN.
LOCHLANNmIrish
Irish form of LACHLAN.
LOCKIEmScottish
Diminutive of LACHLAN.
LODEWIJKmDutch
Dutch form of LUDWIG.
LODOVICOmItalian
Italian form of LUDWIG.
LÓEGAIREmIrish Mythology, Ancient Irish
Means "calf herder", derived from Irish loagh "calf". In Irish mythology Lóegaire Búadach was an Ulster warrior. He saved the life of the poet Áed, but died in the process. This was also the name of several Irish high kings.
LOGANm & fScottish, English
From a surname which was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" in Scottish Gaelic.
LOÏCmFrench, Breton
Breton form of LOUIS.
LOÍSmOccitan
Occitan form of LOUIS.
LOIS (2)mGalician
Galician form of LOUIS.
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