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LAARNIfFilipino, Tagalog
Meaning unknown.
LABANmBiblical
Derived from Hebrew לָבָן (lavan) meaning "white". In the Old Testament this is the name of the father of Rachel and Leah.
LABONIfBengali
From Sanskrit लावण्य (lavanya) meaning "beauty, loveliness, charm".
LACEYf & mEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of LACY.
LACHESISfGreek Mythology
Means "apportioner" in Greek. She was one of the three Fates or Μοιραι (Moirai) in Greek mythology. She was responsible for deciding how long each person had to live.
LACHIEmScottish
Diminutive of LACHLAN.
LACHINAfScottish
Feminine form 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.
LACI (2)fEnglish
Variant of LACY.
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.
LADISLAVAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak feminine form of VLADISLAV.
LADOmGeorgian
Short form of VLADIMER.
LADONNAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name DONNA.
LAELmBiblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "of God" in Hebrew. This is the name of the father of Eliasaph in the Old Testament.
LAELIAfAncient Roman
Feminine form of Laelius, a Roman family name of unknown meaning. This is also the name of a type of flower, an orchid found in Mexico and Central America.
LAELIUSmAncient Roman
Masculine form of LAELIA.
LÆRKEfDanish
Means "lark" in Danish.
LAETITIAfLate Roman, French
Original form of LETITIA, as well as the French form.
LAGINAfAfrican American (Rare)
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name GINA.
LAGLEfEstonian
Means "goose" in Estonian.
LAHJAfFinnish
Means "gift" in Finnish.
LAIAfCatalan
Catalan diminutive of EULALIA.
LÁILÁfSami
Sami variant form of HELGA.
LAILA (2)fDanish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish
Scandinavian and Finnish form of LÁILÁ.
LAIMAfLithuanian, Latvian, Baltic Mythology
From Latvian laime and Lithuanian laima which mean "luck, fate". This was the name of the Latvian and Lithuanian goddess of fate, luck, pregnancy and childbirth. She was the sister of the goddesses Dekla and Karta, who were also associated with fate.
LAIMUTĖfLithuanian
Lithuanian diminutive of LAIMA.
LAINEfEstonian
Means "wave" in Estonian.
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.
LAKEISHAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name KEISHA.
LAKESHIAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name KESHIA.
LAKISHAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name KISHA.
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".
LALAfBulgarian
From a South Slavic word meaning "tulip". It is derived via Turkish from Persian لاله (laleh).
LALAGEfLiterature
Derived from Greek λαλαγεω (lalageo) meaning "to babble, to prattle". The Roman poet Horace used this name in one of his odes.
LALAWETHIKAmNative American, Shawnee
Means "he makes noise" in Shawnee. This was another name of the Shawnee leader Tenskwatawa (1775-1836).
LALEfTurkish
Means "tulip" in Turkish, of Persian origin.
LALEHfPersian
Means "tulip" in Persian.
LALIfGeorgian
Means "ruby" in Georgian, of Sanskrit origin.
LALITmIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Masculine form of LALITA.
LALITAfHinduism, Indian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "playful, charming, desirable" in Sanskrit. In Hindu belief this is the name of one of the playmates of the young Krishna. It is also another name of the goddess Parvati.
LALITHAfTamil, Indian, Malayalam, Telugu
Southern Indian form of LALITA.
LALLAfLiterature
Derived from Persian لاله (laleh) meaning "tulip". This was the name of the heroine of Thomas Moore's poem 'Lalla Rookh' (1817). In the poem, Lalla, the daughter of the emperor of Delhi, listens to a poet sing four tales.
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.
LAMIA (1)fArabic
Means "shining, radiant" in Arabic.
LAMIA (2)fGreek Mythology
Possibly from Greek λαιμος (laimos) "throat". In Greek mythology this is the name of a queen of Libya who was a mistress of Zeus. Hera, being jealous, kills Lamia's children, causing her to go mad and transform into a monster that hunts the children of others.
LAMIJAfBosnian
Bosnian form of LAMIA (1).
LAMISfArabic
Means "soft" in Arabic.
LAMMERTmDutch
Dutch variant of LAMBERT.
LAMONTmEnglish
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the Old Norse given name Logmaðr meaning "law man".
LAMYAfArabic
Means "having beautiful dark lips" in Arabic.
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".
LANAfEnglish, Russian, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of ALANA (English) or SVETLANA (Russian). In the English-speaking world, it was popularized by actress Lana Turner (1921-1995).
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.
LANEYfEnglish
Diminutive of ELAINE.
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.
LANIfHawaiian
Means "sky, heaven, royal, majesty" in Hawaiian.
LANNYmEnglish
Diminutive of LANCE, LANDON, and other names beginning with Lan.
LANZOmAncient Germanic
Old German form of LANCE.
LAOGHAIREmIrish
Modern Irish form of LÓEGAIRE.
LAOISEfIrish
Possibly a newer form of LUIGSECH. It is also used as an Irish form of Louise.
LAPOmItalian
Diminutive of JACOPO.
LÁRAfIcelandic
Icelandic form of LAURA.
LARA (1)fRussian, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Hungarian, Slovene, Croatian
Russian short form of LARISA. It was introduced to the English-speaking world by a character from Boris Pasternak's novel 'Doctor Zhivago' (1957) and the subsequent movie adaptation (1965).
LARImFinnish
Finnish diminutive of LAURENCE (1) or HILARIUS.
LARISAfRussian, Ukrainian, Romanian, Latvian, Greek Mythology
Possibly derived from the name of the ancient city of Larisa in Thessaly, which meant "citadel". In Greek legends, the nymph Larisa was either a daughter or mother of Pelasgus, the ancestor of the mythical Pelasgians. This name was later borne by a 4th-century Greek martyr who is venerated as a saint in the Eastern Church. The name (of the city, nymph and saint) is commonly Latinized as Larissa, with a double s.
LARISSAfEnglish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Variant of LARISA. It has been commonly used as an English given name only since the 20th century. In 1991 this name was given to one of the moons of Neptune, in honour of the mythological character.
LARKfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the type of songbird.
LARKINmMedieval English
Medieval diminutive of LAURENCE (1).
LARRYmEnglish
Diminutive of LAURENCE (1). A notable bearer is former basketball player Larry Bird (1956-).
LARUNDAfRoman Mythology
Possibly connected to Greek λαλεω (laleo) "to talk, to chatter", or the Latin term Lares referring to minor guardian gods. In Roman mythology Larunda or Lara was a water nymph who was overly talkative. She revealed to Juno that her husband Jupiter was having an affair with Juturna, so Jupiter had Larunda's tongue removed. By the god Mercury she had two children, who were Lares.
LÁRUSmIcelandic
Icelandic form of LAURENCE (1).
LARYSAfUkrainian
Ukrainian form of LARISA.
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).
LASHONDAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name SHONDA.
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.
LATAfIndian, Hindi, Marathi
Means "vine, creeping plant" in Sanskrit.
LATANYAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TANYA.
LATASHAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TASHA.
LATEEFAHfArabic
Variant transcription of LATIFA.
LATIFmArabic
Means "gentle, kind" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition اللطيف (al-Latif) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
LATIFAfArabic
Feminine form of LATIF.
LATIFAHfArabic
Feminine form of LATIF.
LATİFEfTurkish
Turkish feminine form of LATIF.
LATONYAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TONYA.
LATOYAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TOYA.
LAUmDutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of LAURENS.
LAUMAfLatvian, Baltic Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Latvian mythology this is the name of a forest spirit sometimes associated with childbirth and weaving.
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.
LAURAfEnglish, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch, Late Roman
Feminine form of the Late Latin name Laurus, which meant "laurel". This meaning was favourable, since in ancient Rome the leaves of laurel trees were used to create victors' garlands. The name was borne by the 9th-century Spanish martyr Saint Laura, who was a nun thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors. It was also the name of the subject of poems by the 14th-century Italian poet Petrarch.... [more]
LAURAINEfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of LORRAINE influenced by the spelling of LAURA.
LAUREfFrench
French form of LAURA.
LAUREENfEnglish
Diminutive of LAURA.
LAURELfEnglish
From the name of the laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus.
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]
LAURENCE (2)fFrench
French feminine form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURENEfEnglish
Diminutive of LAURA.
LAURENSmDutch
Dutch form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURENTmFrench
French form of Laurentius (see LAURENCE (1)).
LAURENTIAfAncient Roman
Feminine 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)).
LAURETTAfItalian
Italian diminutive of LAURA.
LAURETTEfFrench
French diminutive of LAURA.
LAURImFinnish
Finnish form of LAURENCE (1).
LAURIEf & mEnglish, Dutch
Diminutive of LAURA or LAURENCE (1).
LAURINEfFrench
Diminutive of LAURE.
LAURITAfSpanish
Diminutive of LAURA.
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)).
LAVANYAfIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil
Means "beauty, grace" in Sanskrit.
LAVENDERfEnglish (Rare)
From the English word for the aromatic flower or the pale purple colour.
LAVERNm & fEnglish
Variant of LAVERNE.
LAVERNAfRoman Mythology
Meaning unknown. Laverna was the Roman goddess of thieves and thievery.
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.
LAVINIAfRoman Mythology, Romanian
Meaning unknown, probably of Etruscan origin. In Roman legend Lavinia was the daughter of King Latinus, the wife of Aeneas, and the ancestor of the Roman people. According to the legend Aeneas named the town of Lavinium in honour of his wife.
LAVONNEfEnglish
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name YVONNE.
LAVRAfSlovene
Slovene form of LAURA.
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).
LAWAHIZfArabic (Rare)
Means "glances" in Arabic.
LAWANfThai
Possibly means "beautiful" in Thai.
LAWANDAfAfrican American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name WANDA.
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.
LAYLAfArabic, English
Means "night" in Arabic. This was the name of the object of romantic poems written by the 7th-century poet known as Qays. The story of Qays and Layla became a popular romance in medieval Arabia and Persia. The name became used in the English-speaking world after the 1970 release of the song 'Layla' by Derek and the Dominos, the title of which was inspired by the medieval story.
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.
LÉAfFrench
French form of LEAH.
LEAHfEnglish, Hebrew, Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
From the Hebrew name לֵאָה (Le'ah) which was probably derived from the Hebrew word לְאָה (le'ah) meaning "weary". Alternatively it might be related to Akkadian littu meaning "cow". In the Old Testament Leah is the first wife of Jacob and the mother of seven of his children. Jacob's other wife was Leah's younger sister Rachel, who he preferred. Leah later offered Jacob her handmaid Zilpah in order for him to conceive more children.... [more]
LÉANfIrish
Irish form of HELEN.
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.
LEANNfEnglish
Combination of LEE and ANN.
LEANNAfEnglish
Probably this was originally a variant of LIANA. It is now often considered a combination of LEE and ANNA.
LEANNEfEnglish
Combination of LEE and ANNE (1).
LEARYmIrish
Anglicized form of LAOGHAIRE.
LEATRICEfEnglish
Possibly a combination of LEAH and BEATRICE. This name was first brought to public attention by the American actress Leatrice Joy (1893-1985).
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".
LEDAfGreek Mythology
Meaning unknown. In Greek myth she was the mother of Castor, Pollux, Helen and Clytemnestra by the god Zeus, who came upon her in the form of a swan.
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.
LEEANNfEnglish
Combination of LEE and ANN.
LEEBAfYiddish
Variant transcription of LIBA.
LEELAfIndian, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam
Variant transcription of LILA (1).
LEELOfEstonian
Means "folk song" in Estonian.
LEENAfFinnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian short form of HELENA or MATLEENA.
LEESAfEnglish
Variant of LISA.
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.
LEIAfBiblical Greek, Popular Culture
Form of LEAH used in the Greek Old Testament. This is the name of a princess in the 'Star Wars' movies by George Lucas, who probably based it on Leah.
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.
LEIGHTONm & fEnglish
From a surname which was a variant of LAYTON.
LEILAfArabic, Persian, English, Georgian
Variant of LAYLA. This spelling was used by Lord Byron for characters in 'The Giaour' (1813) and 'Don Juan' (1819), and it is through him that the name was introduced to the English-speaking world.
LEILANIf & mHawaiian
Means "heavenly flowers" or "royal child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
LEIMOMIfHawaiian
Means "pearl lei" or "pearl child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and momi "pearl".
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.
LĖJAfLithuanian
Lithuanian form of LEAH.
LEJLAfBosnian
Bosnian form of LAYLA.
LELA (1)fGeorgian
Meaning uncertain, possibly from the name of a type of plant.
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).
LELIAfItalian
Italian form of LAELIA.
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.
LEMPIfFinnish
Means "love" in Finnish.
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.
LENAfSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese, Greek
Short form of names ending in lena, such as HELENA, MAGDALENA or YELENA.
LENARTmSlovene
Slovene form of LEONARD.
LENCHOmEastern African, Oromo
Means "lion" in Oromo.
LENEfGerman, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian short form of HELENE or MAGDALENE.
LENIfGerman
German diminutive of HELENE or MAGDALENA.
LENKAfCzech, Slovak
Originally a diminutive of MAGDALÉNA or HELENA. It is now used as an independent name.
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.
LENORAfEnglish
Short form of ELENORA.
LENOREfEnglish
Short form of ELEANOR. This was the name of the departed love of the narrator in Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Raven' (1845).
LENOXmScottish, English (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of LENNOX.
LENUȚAfRomanian
Romanian diminutive of ELENA.
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.
LEOCÁDIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of LEOCADIA.
LEOCADIAfSpanish, Late Roman
Late Latin name which might be derived from the name of the Greek island of Leucadia or from Greek λευκος (leukos) meaning "bright, clear, white" (which is also the root of the island's name). Saint Leocadia was a 3rd-century martyr from Spain.
LEOCADIOmSpanish
Masculine form of LEOCADIA.
LEOCADIUSmLate Roman
Masculine form of LEOCADIA.