American Names

American names are used in the United States. See also about American names.
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KEVYN   m & f   English (Rare)
Variant or feminine form of KEVIN.
KHLOE   f   English (Modern)
Variant of CHLOE.
KIAN (2)   m   English (Modern)
Variant of CIAN.
KIANA (2)   f   African American
Variant of QIANA.
KIARA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of CIARA (1) or CHIARA. This name first became used in 1988 after the singing duo Kiara released their song 'This Time'. It was further popularized by a character in the animated movie 'The Lion King II' (1998).
KIARAN   m   English (Rare)
Anglicized form of CIARÁN.
KIARRA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of KIARA.
KIEFER   m   English (Modern)
From a German surname meaning either "pine tree" or "barrel maker".
KIERRA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of KIARA influenced by the spelling of SIERRA.
KIERSTEN   f   English (Modern)
Variant of KIRSTEN.
KIKI   f   English, German, Greek
Diminutive of names beginning with or containing the sound K.
KILEY   f   English
Variant of KYLIE.
KILIE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of KYLIE.
KIM (1)   f & m   English
At the present it is usually considered a short form of KIMBERLY, but it in fact predates it as a given name. The author Rudyard Kipling used it for the title hero of his novel 'Kim' (1901), though in this case it was short for KIMBALL. In her novel 'Show Boat' (1926) Edna Ferber used it for a female character who was born on the Mississippi River and was named from the initials of the states Kentucky, Illinois and Mississippi. The name was popularized in America by the actresses Kim Hunter (1922-2002) and Kim Novak (1933-), both of whom assumed it as a stage name.
KIMBALL   m   English
From a surname which was derived from either the Welsh given name CYNBEL or the Old English given name CYNEBALD.
KIMBERLEE   f   English
Variant of KIMBERLY.
KIMBERLEY   f   English
Variant of KIMBERLY.
KIMBERLY   f   English
From the name of the city of Kimberley in South Africa, which was named after Lord KIMBERLEY (1826-1902). The city came to prominence in the late 19th century during the Boer War. Kimberly has been used as a given name since the mid-20th century, eventually becoming very popular as a feminine name.
KIMBERLYN   f   English (Rare)
Combination of KIMBERLY and LYNN.
KIMBRA   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of KIMBERLY.
KIMMIE   f   English
Diminutive of KIMBERLY or KIM (1).
KIMMY   f   English
Diminutive of KIMBERLY or KIM (1).
KING   m   English
From a nickname which derives from the English word king, ultimately from Old English cyning.
KINGSLEY   m   English (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "king's wood" in Old English.
KINGSTON   m   English (Modern)
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "king's town" in Old English.
KINLEY   f   English (Modern)
From a surname which was an Anglicized form of Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning "son of FIONNLAGH".
KINSLEY   f   English (Modern)
From a surname which was derived from the given name CYNESIGE.
KIP   m   English
From a nickname, probably from the English word kipper meaning "male salmon".
KIPLING   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname which was from a place name meaning "Cybbel's cottage". The surname was borne by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), a British novelist born in India who wrote 'The Jungle Book' and other works.
KIRA (2)   f   English
Variant of CIARA (1).
KIRBY   m   English
From an English surname which was originally from a place name meaning "church settlement" in Old Norse.
KIRK   m   English
From an English and Scottish surname meaning "church" from Old Norse kirkja, ultimately from Greek. A famous bearer was American actor Kirk Douglas (1916-), whose birth name was Issur Danielovitch.
KIRSTEN   f   Danish, Norwegian, English
Danish and Norwegian form of CHRISTINA.
KISHA   f   African American
Variant of KEISHA.
KIT   m & f   English
Diminutive of CHRISTOPHER or KATHERINE. A notable bearer was Kit Carson (1809-1868), an American frontiersman and explorer.
KITTY   f   English
Diminutive of KATHERINE.
KIZZIE   f   English
Diminutive of KEZIAH.
KIZZY   f   English
Diminutive of KEZIAH. This particular spelling was repopularized in the late 1970s by a character in the book and miniseries 'Roots'.
KNOX   m   English
From a Scottish surname which was derived from Old English cnocc "round hill".
KOBY   m   English (Modern)
Variant of COBY.
KODEY   m   English (Rare)
Variant of CODY.
KODY   m   English (Modern)
Variant of CODY.
KOLBY   m   English (Modern)
Variant of COLBY.
KOLE   m   English (Modern)
Variant of COLE.
KOLLEEN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of COLLEEN.
KONNOR   m   English (Modern)
Variant of CONOR.
KORBIN   m   English (Modern)
Variant of CORBIN.
KOREY   m   English
Variant of COREY.
KORI   f   English
Feminine form of COREY.
KORRINE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CORINNE.
KORTNEY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of COURTNEY.
KORY   m   English
Variant of COREY.
KRIS   m & f   English, Danish
Short form of KRISTIAN, KRISTOFFER, and other names beginning with Kris.
KRISTA   f   German, English, Finnish
Short form of KRISTINA.
KRISTAL   f   English
Variant of CRYSTAL.
KRISTEEN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHRISTINE.
KRISTEL   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CRYSTAL.
KRISTEN (2)   f   English
Variant of KRISTIN.
KRISTI   f   English
Variant of KRISTY.
KRISTIA   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of CHRISTINA.
KRISTIE   f   English
Variant of KRISTY.
KRISTIN   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, English
Scandinavian and German form of CHRISTINA.
KRISTINE   f   Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English, German
Scandinavian form of CHRISTINE, as well as an English and German variant.
KRISTOPHER   m   English
Variant of CHRISTOPHER.
KRISTY   f   English
Short form of CHRISTINA.
KRYSTAL   f   English
Variant of CRYSTAL.
KRYSTELLE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CRYSTAL.
KRYSTEN   f   English (Modern)
Variant of KRISTIN.
KRYSTINE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of CHRISTINE.
KRYSTLE   f   English (Modern)
Variant of CRYSTAL.
KURT   m   German, English
German contracted form of CONRAD. A famous bearer was the American musician Kurt Cobain (1967-1994).
KURTIS   m   English
Variant of CURTIS.
KYLA   f   English
Feminine form of KYLE.
KYLE   m   English
From a Scottish surname which was derived from Gaelic caol meaning "narrows, channel, strait".
KYLEE   f   English
Variant of KYLIE.
KYLEIGH   f   English (Modern)
Variant of KYLIE.
KYLER   m   English (Modern)
Probably a variant of KYLE, blending it with TYLER. It also coincides with the rare surname Kyler, an Anglicized form of Dutch Cuyler, which is of uncertain meaning.
KYLIE   f   English
This name arose in Australia, where it is said to mean "boomerang" in an Australian Aboriginal language. It is more likely a feminine form of KYLE, and it is in this capacity that it began to be used in America in the 1970s. A famous bearer is the Australian singer Kylie Minogue (1968-).
KYM   f   English (Rare)
Variant of KIM (1).
KYNASTON   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "CYNEFRIÐ's town" in Old English.
KYRA   f   English
Variant of KIRA (2), sometimes considered a feminine form of CYRUS.
KYRSTEN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of KIRSTEN.
LACEY   f & m   English
From a surname which was a variant of LACY.
LACI (2)   f   English
Variant of LACY.
LACY   f & m   English
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.
LADONNA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name DONNA.
LAGINA   f   African American (Rare)
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name GINA.
LAILA (1)   f   Arabic, English
Variant of LAYLA.
LAINEY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of LANEY.
LAIRD   m   English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname meaning "landowner".
LAKE   m & f   English (Rare)
From the English word lake, for the inland body of water. It is ultimately derived from Latin lacus.
LAKEISHA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name KEISHA.
LAKESHIA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name KESHIA.
LAKISHA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name KISHA.
LALIA   f   English (Rare)
Short form of EULALIA.
LALLIE   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of LALAGE.
LALLY   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of LALAGE.
LAMAR   m   English, 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".
LAMBERT   m   German, Dutch, French, English, Ancient Germanic
Derived from the Germanic elements land "land" and beraht "bright". Saint Lambert of Maastricht was a 7th-century bishop who was martyred after denouncing Pepin II for adultery.
LAMONT   m   English
From a Scottish surname which was derived from the Old Norse given name Logmaðr meaning "law man".
LANA   f   English, 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).
LANCE   m   English
From the Germanic name Lanzo, originally a short form of names that began with the element land meaning "land". During the Middle Ages it became associated with Old French lance "spear, lance". A famous bearer is American cyclist Lance Armstrong (1971-).
LANDEN   m   English (Modern)
Variant of LANDON.
LANDON   m   English
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).
LANE   m   English
From a surname meaning "lane, path" which originally belonged to a person who lived near a lane.
LANEY   f   English
Diminutive of ELAINE.
LANFORD   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "long ford" in Old English.
LANGDON   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of the surname LANDON.
LANNY   m   English
Diminutive of LANCE, LANDON, and other names beginning with Lan.
LARA (1)   f   Russian, 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).
LARAINE   f   English
Variant of LORRAINE.
LARISSA   f   English, 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.
LARK   f   English (Rare)
From the English word for the type of songbird.
LARRIE   m   English
Diminutive of LAURENCE (1).
LARRY   m   English
Diminutive of LAURENCE (1). A notable bearer is former basketball player Larry Bird (1956-).
LARYN   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LAUREN.
LASHAWN   f & m   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name SHAWN.
LASHAY   m   African American (Rare)
Combination of the popular name prefix La and SHAY (1).
LASHONDA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name SHONDA.
LATANYA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TANYA.
LATASHA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TASHA.
LATISHA   f   African American
Variant of LETITIA.
LATONYA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TONYA.
LATOYA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name TOYA.
LAURA   f   English, 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]
LAURAINE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LORRAINE influenced by the spelling of LAURA.
LAUREEN   f   English
Diminutive of LAURA.
LAUREL   f   English
From the name of the laurel tree, ultimately from Latin laurus.
LAURELLE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LAUREL.
LAUREN   f & m   English
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.
LAURENA   f   English (Rare)
Elaboration of LAUREN.
LAURENCE (1)   m   English
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]
LAURENCIA   f   English (Rare)
Feminine form of LAURENCE (1).
LAURENE   f   English
Diminutive of LAURA.
LAURESSA   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of LAURA.
LAURIE   f & m   English, Dutch
Diminutive of LAURA or LAURENCE (1).
LAURINDA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LORINDA.
LAURISSA   f   English (Rare)
Diminutive of LAURA.
LAURYN   f   English (Modern)
Variant of LAUREN.
LAVENA   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LAVINIA.
LAVENDER   f   English (Rare)
From the English word for the aromatic flower or the pale purple colour.
LAVERN   m & f   English
Variant of LAVERNE.
LAVERNE   f & m   English
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".
LAVINA   f   English
Variant of LAVINIA.
LAVONE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LAVONNE.
LAVONNE   f   English
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name YVONNE.
LAWANDA   f   African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name WANDA.
LAWRENCE   m   English
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.
LAWRIE   m   English
Diminutive of LAWRENCE.
LAWSON   m   English
From an English surname meaning "son of LAURENCE (1)".
LAYLA   f   Arabic, 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.
LAYNE   m   English
Variant of LANE.
LAYTON   m   English
From a surname which was originally derived from a place name meaning "settlement with a leek garden" in Old English.
LAZ   m   English
Diminutive of LARRY.
LEAH   f   English, 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 derive from a Chaldean name meaning "mistress" or "ruler" in Akkadian. 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 sister Rachel. Although this name was used by Jews in the Middle Ages, it was not typical as an English Christian name until after the Protestant Reformation, being common among the Puritans.
LEANN   f   English
Combination of LEE and ANN.
LEANNA   f   English
Probably this was originally a variant of LIANA. It is now often considered a combination of LEE and ANNA.
LEANNE   f   English
Combination of LEE and ANNE (1).
LEANORA   f   English (Rare)
Short form of ELEANORA.
LEATRICE   f   English
Possibly a combination of LEAH and BEATRICE. This name was first brought to public attention by the American actress Leatrice Joy (1893-1985).
LEBRON   m   African American (Rare)
Meaning unknown, probably an invented name. This is the name of basketball player LeBron James (1984-).
LECIA   f   English (Rare)
Short form of ALICIA, FELICIA or LETITIA.
LEE   m & f   English
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.
LEEANN   f   English
Combination of LEE and ANN.
LEESA   f   English
Variant of LISA.
LEIGH   f & m   English
From a surname which was a variant of LEE.
LEIGHTON   m   English
From a surname which was a variant of LAYTON.
LEILA   f   Arabic, 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.
LEILAH   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LEILA.
LEITH   m & f   English (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.
LELA   f   English
Variant of LEILA.
LELAND   m   English
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).
LEMOINE   m   English (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "the monk" in French.
LEN   m   English
Short form of LEONARD.
LENA   f   Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Polish, Russian, English, Italian, Portuguese
Scandinavian, German and Polish short form of HELENA or MAGDALENA, and a Russian short form of YELENA.
LENARD   m   English
Variant of LEONARD.
LENNARD   m   English (Rare)
Variant of LEONARD.
LENNIE   m   English
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LENNON   m   Scottish, English (Rare)
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.
LENNOX   m   Scottish, English (Rare)
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".
LENNY   m   English
Diminutive of LEONARD.
LENORA   f   English
Short form of ELENORA.
LENORE   f   English
Short form of ELEANOR. This was the name of the departed love of the narrator in Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'The Raven' (1845).
LENOX   m   Scottish, English (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of LENNOX.
LEO   m   German, 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.
LEOLA   f   English
Feminine form of LEO.
LEON   m   English, 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.
LEONA   f   English, German
Feminine form of LEON.
LEONARD   m   English, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic
Means "brave lion", derived from the Germanic elements levon "lion" 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.
LEONE (2)   f   English
Variant of LEONA.
LEONTYNE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LÉONTINE. This name was borne by opera singer Leontyne Price (1927-).
LEOPOLD   m   German, 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).
LEROI   m   English (Rare)
Variant of LEROY.
LEROY   m   English
From the French nickname le roi meaning "the king". It has been common as an English given name since the 19th century.
LES   m   English
Short form of LESLIE or LESTER.
LESIA   f   English
Short form of ALESIA.
LESLEIGH   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LESLIE.
LESLEY   f & m   English
Variant of LESLIE.
LESLIE   f & m   English
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.
LESLY   f   English (Modern)
Variant of LESLIE.
LESSIE   f   English
Diminutive of names containing the sound les, such as LESLIE.
LESTER   m   English
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".
LETA   f   English
Possibly derived from Latin laetus meaning "glad". Otherwise, it could be a short form of names ending in leta.
LETHA   f   English
Possibly a short form of ALETHA.
LETITIA   f   English
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.
LETTICE   f   English (Archaic)
Medieval form of LETITIA.
LETTIE   f   English
Diminutive of LETTICE.
LETTY   f   English
Diminutive of LETTICE.
LEVI   m   Hebrew, 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.
LEWIN   m   English (Rare)
From an English surname which was derived from the given name LEOFWINE.
LEWIS   m   English
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'.
LEX   m   English, Dutch
Short form of ALEXANDER.
LEXA   f   English
Short form of ALEXANDRA or ALEXA.
LEXI   f   English
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA or ALEXIS.
LEXIA   f   English
Short form of ALEXIA.
LEXIE   f   English
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA.
LEXINE   f   English
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA.
LEXUS   f   English
Short form of ALEXUS. Its use has been influenced by the Lexus brand name (a line of luxury automobiles made by Toyota).
LEXY   f   English
Diminutive of ALEXANDRA or ALEXIS.
LEYTON   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of LAYTON.
LIAM   m   Irish, English
Irish short form of WILLIAM.
LIANA   f   Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, English
Short form of ELIANA (1), JULIANA, LILIANA, and other names that end in liana. This is also the word for a type of vine that grows in jungles.
LIANNE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LEANNE.
LIBBIE   f   English
Variant of LIBBY.
LIBBY   f   English
Originally a medieval diminutive of Ibb, itself a diminutive of ISABEL. It is also used as a diminutive of ELIZABETH.
LIBERTY   f   English
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).
LIDDY   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH or LYDIA.
LILA (2)   f   English
Variant of LEILA.
LILAC   f   English (Rare)
From the name of the shrub with purple or white flowers. It is derived via Arabic from Persian.
LILIAN   f & m   English, French
English variant of LILLIAN, as well as a French masculine form.
LILIBET   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
LILIBETH   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
LILLIA   f   English
Short form of LILLIAN or an elaborated form of LILY.
LILLIAN   f   English
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.
LILLIANA   f   English (Modern)
Variant of LILLIAN.
LILLIE   f   English
Variant of LILY.
LILLY   f   English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
English variant of LILY. It is also used in Scandinavia, as a form of LILY or a diminutive of ELISABETH.
LILY   f   English
From the name of the flower, a symbol of purity. The word is ultimately derived from Latin lilium.
LINA (2)   f   English, Italian, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Lithuanian, Croatian
Short form of names ending in lina.
LINCOLN   m   English
From a surname which was originally from the name of a city in England, 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.
LINDA   f   English, 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 linde meaning "soft, tender". It also coincides with the Spanish and Portuguese word linda meaning "beautiful".
LINDEN   m   English
From a German surname which was derived from linde meaning "lime tree".
LINDON   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was a variant of LYNDON.
LINDSAY   f & m   English, 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-).
LINDSEY   f & m   English, Scottish
Variant of LINDSAY.
LINDSIE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LINDSAY.
LINDY   m & f   English
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.
LINETTE   f   English
Variant of LYNETTE.
LINFORD   m   English (Rare)
From a surname which was originally taken from place names meaning either "flax ford" or "lime tree ford" in Old English.
LINNAEA   f   English (Rare)
From the word for the type of flower, also called the twinflower (see LINNÉA).
LINNET   f   English (Rare)
Either a variant of LYNETTE or else from the name of the small bird, a type of finch.
LINNETTE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LYNETTE.
LINNIE   f   English
Diminutive of LINDA and other names beginning with Lin.
LINSAY   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LINDSAY.
LINSEY   f   English
Variant of LINDSAY.
LINTON   m   English
From a surname which was originally from place names meaning either "flax town" or "lime tree town" in Old English.
LINWOOD   m   English
From a surname which was originally from a place name meaning "stream forest" in Old English.
LINZI   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LINDSAY.
LIONEL   m   French, English
French diminutive of LÉON. A notable bearer is Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi (1987-).
LISA   f   English, 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.
LISETTE   f   French, English
Diminutive of ÉLISABETH.
LISHA   f   English
Short form of ALICIA, FELICIA, and other names ending with the same sound.
LISSA   f   English
Short form of MELISSA.
LITA   f   English
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.
LIV (2)   f   English
Short form of OLIVIA.
LIVIA (2)   f   English
Short form of OLIVIA.
LIVVY   f   English
Diminutive of OLIVIA.
LIZ   f   English
Short form of ELIZABETH. This is the familiar name of actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932-).
LIZA   f   English, Russian, Hungarian
Short form of ELIZABETH or YELIZAVETA.
LIZBETH   f   English
Short form of ELIZABETH.
LIZETTE   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
LIZZIE   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
LIZZY   f   English
Diminutive of ELIZABETH.
LLOYD   m   English
From a surname which was derived from Welsh llwyd meaning "grey". The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-) is a famous bearer of this name.
LOGAN   m & f   Scottish, English
From a surname which was originally derived from a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow" in Scottish Gaelic.
LOIS (1)   f   English, 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.
LOLA   f   Spanish, English
Diminutive of DOLORES.
LOLICIA   f   English (Rare)
Elaborated form of LOLA.
LON   m   English
Short form of ALONZO and other names containing the same sound. Famous bearers were American actors Lon Chaney Sr. (1883-1930) and Lon Chaney Jr. (1906-1973). The elder's birth name was Leonidas.
LONDON   f & m   English (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).
LONDYN   f   English (Modern)
Variant of LONDON.
LONNIE   m   English
Short form of ALONZO and other names containing the same sound.
LONNY   m   English
Short form of ALONZO and other names containing the same sound.
LORA   f   English, Italian
Variant of LAURA. It is also used as an Italian diminutive of ELEONORA or LOREDANA.
LORAINE   f   English
Variant of LORRAINE.
LORAINNE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LORRAINE.
LORAYNE   f   English
Variant of LORRAINE.
LOREEN   f   English
Elaboration of LORA.
LORELLE   f   English (Rare)
Variant of LAUREL.
LOREN   m & f   English
Either a short form of LAURENCE (1) (masculine) or a variant of LAUREN (feminine).
LORENA (2)   f   English
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').
LORENE   f   English
Elaboration of LORA.
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