Names Starting with L

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Derived from the Old English element leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" combined with dæg "day".
Derived from the Old English elements leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" and flæd "beauty".
Derived from the Old English element leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" combined with ric "power".
Derived from the Old English elements leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" and sige "victory".
Derived from the Old English element leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" combined with stan "stone".
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.
Polish form of LEOCADIA.
Feminine form of LEO.
Variant of LLYWELYN influenced by Latin leo "lion".
French form of LEON.
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.
LEONAfEnglish, German
Feminine form of LEON.
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.
Feminine form of LEONARDO.
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-).
Lithuanian form of LEON.
French form of LEONTIOS.
Spanish form of LEONTIOS.
French feminine form of LEON.
LEONE (1)mItalian
Italian form of LEON.
German form of LEONARD. Leonhard Euler was a Swiss mathematician who made many important contributions to calculus, number theory, geometry and theoretical physics.
LEONIAfLate Roman
Feminine form of LEONIUS.
LEONIDmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of LEONIDAS.
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.
French feminine form of LEONIUS.
LEONIEfGerman, Dutch
German and Dutch feminine form of LEONIUS.
LEONIUSmLate Roman
Late Latin name which was derived from LEO.
LÉONNEfFrench (Rare)
Feminine form of LÉON.
LEONORfSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of ELEANOR. It was brought to Spain in the 12th-century by Eleanor of England, who married King Alfonso VIII of Castile.
Italian short form of ELEANOR.
German short form of ELEANOR.
Variant transcription of LEONTIY.
French form of LEONTINA.
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.
Russian form of LEONTIOS.
Variant transcription of LEONTIY.
LEONTYNEfEnglish (Rare)
Variant of LÉONTINE. This name was borne by opera singer Leontyne Price (1927-).
Italian form of LEONTIOS.
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).
French feminine form of LEOPOLD.
LEOPOLDOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of LEOPOLD.
Czech form of LEO.
LERmIrish Mythology
Irish cognate of LLYR. Ler was an Irish god of the sea, the father of Manannan mac Lir.
LERATOfSouthern African, Sotho
Means "love" in Sotho.
From the French nickname le roi meaning "the king". It has been common as an English given name since the 19th century.
Short form of LESLIE or LESTER.
LESEDIfSouthern African, Tswana
Means "light" in Tswana.
Short form of ALESIA.
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.
Diminutive of names containing the sound les, such as LESLIE.
Means "eternal, abiding" in Indonesian.
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.
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".
Diminutive of OLEKSANDRA or OLENA.
Diminutive of LECH.
Possibly derived from Latin laetus meaning "glad". Otherwise, it could be a short form of names ending in leta.
Possibly a short form of ALETHA.
LETÍCIAfPortuguese, Hungarian
Portuguese and Hungarian form of LETITIA.
Spanish form of LETITIA.
From the Late Latin name Laetitia which meant "joy, happiness". This was the name of an obscure saint, who is revered mainly in Spain. It was in use in England during the Middle Ages, usually in the spelling Lettice, and it was revived in the 18th century.
Italian form of LETITIA. It was borne by Napoleon Bonaparte's mother.
LETOfGreek Mythology
Possibly from Lycian lada meaning "wife". Other theories connect it to Greek ληθω (letho) meaning "hidden, forgotten". In Greek mythology she was the mother of Apollo and Artemis by Zeus.
Diminutive of LETTICE.
Diminutive of LETTICE.
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.
LEUTGARDfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LUITGARD.
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.
Georgian form of LEON.
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".
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.
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.
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.
Short form of ALEXANDRA or ALEXA.
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA or ALEXIS.
Short form of ALEXIA.
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA.
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA.
Short form of ALEXUS. Its use has been influenced by the Lexus brand name (a line of luxury automobiles made by Toyota).
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA or ALEXIS.
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.
Galician form of LEAH.
LIA (1)fItalian, Portuguese, Georgian, Greek, Biblical Latin
Italian, Portuguese, Georgian and Greek form of LEAH.
LIA (2)fItalian, Dutch
Short form of ROSALIA, JULIA, and other names ending in lia.
Means "grey lady" in Irish Gaelic. In Irish legend she was a poetess who became a nun, but then missed her lover Cuirithir so much that she died of grief.
LIAMmIrish, English
Irish short form of WILLIAM.
LIANAfItalian, Portuguese, Romanian, English
Short form of JULIANA, LILIANA, and other names that end in liana. This is also the word for a type of vine that grows in jungles.
Short form of JULIANE.
Means "you are mine" in Hebrew.
From Yiddish לִיבֵע (libe) meaning "love", of German origin.
Variant of LIBBY.
Originally a medieval diminutive of Ibb, itself a diminutive of ISABEL. It is also used as a diminutive of ELIZABETH.
Derived from the Czech element lib meaning "love".
LIBERmRoman Mythology
Derived from Latin liber meaning "free". This was the name of a Roman fertility god, often identified with Dionysus.
Means "liberator" in Italian.
LIBERIAfLate Roman
Feminine form of LIBERIUS.
Late Latin name which was derived from Latin liber "free". This name was borne by a 2nd-century saint and a 4th-century pope.
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.
Czech form of LIBERIUS.
Italian feminine form of LIBORIUS.
Italian form of LIBORIUS.
Possibly a variant of LIBERIUS, or possibly a Latinized form of a Gaulish name. Saint Liborius was a 4th-century bishop of Le Mans.
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.
From Yiddish לִיבֵע (libe) meaning "love", of German origin.
Dutch diminutive of ANGELIQUE or names ending in lia.
From Sino-Vietnamese (liêm) meaning "clean, honest, upright".
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.
Flemish form of LEOBWIN.
Flemish form of LEOBWIN.
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.
Lithuanian form of LINUS. This is also the Lithuanian word for "flax" (a cognate of the name's root).
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.
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".
From a German surname which was derived from Old High German linta meaning "linden tree".
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.
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.
LINEfDanish, Norwegian, French
Short form of CAROLINE and other names ending in line.
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".
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.
LINOmItalian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Galician form of LINUS.
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'.
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "stream forest" in Old English.
LINZAfAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LINDA.
LIONELmFrench, English
French diminutive of LÉON. A notable bearer is Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi (1987-).
LIORm & fHebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
Strictly feminine form of LIOR.
Strictly feminine form of LIOR.
Variant transcription of LYUBA.
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.
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.
Spanish form of LYSANDER.
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.
Lithuanian form of LUDWIG.
LIUPOLDmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of LEOPOLD.
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.
LIVIANUSmAncient Roman
Latin masculine form of LIVIANA.
LIVIEfFrench, Czech
French and Czech feminine form of LIVIUS.
Italian form of LIVIUS.
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.
Means "white" in Hebrew.
Variant of LIVNA.
Diminutive of OLIVIA.
Form of LIVIUS used to refer to the Roman historian Titus Livius.
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.