Masculine Names

gender
usage
Lamech m Biblical
Possibly means "to make low" in Hebrew. This is the name of two characters in Genesis in the Old Testament, the first being a descendant of Cain, and the second being a descendant of Seth and the father of Noah.
Lammert m Dutch
Dutch variant of Lambert.
Lamont m English
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the Old Norse given name Logmaðr meaning "law man".
Lan 1 f & m Chinese, 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".
Lan 2 m Slovene
Slovene short form of Milan.
Lance m English
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-).
Lancelot m Arthurian 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, ultimately causing the destruction of Arthur's kingdom. His earliest appearance is in the works of the 12th-century French poet Chrétien de Troyes.
Landebert m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Lambert.
Lando m Italian
Italian form of Lanzo (see Lance).
Landon m English
From a surname that 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).
Landulf m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements landa "land" and wulf "wolf". This name was borne by several Lombardic nobles.
Lane m English
From a surname meaning "lane, path", which originally belonged to a person who lived near a lane.
Lanford m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "long ford" in Old English.
Langdon m English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of the surname Landon.
Lành m & f Vietnamese
Means "good, favourable, gentle" in Vietnamese.
Lanny m English
Diminutive of Lance, Landon and other names beginning with Lan.
Lanzo m Ancient Germanic
Old German form of Lance.
Laocoön m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
From Greek Λαοκόων (Laokoon), derived from λαός (laos) meaning "people" and ἀκούω (akouo) meaning "to hear". In Greek mythology this was the name of a Trojan priest who warned against accepting the wooden horse left by the Greeks. He and his sons were strangled by sea serpents sent by the gods.
Laoghaire m Irish
Modern Irish form of Lóegaire.
Lapo m Italian
Diminutive of Jacopo.
Lari m Finnish
Finnish diminutive of Laurence 1 or Hilarius.
Larkin m Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of Laurence 1.
Larrie m English
Diminutive of Laurence 1.
Larry m English
Diminutive of Laurence 1. A notable bearer is former basketball player Larry Bird (1956-).
Lárus m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Laurence 1.
Lasha m Georgian
Possibly from a Northwest Caucasian word meaning "light". This was a name of Giorgi IV, a 13th-century king of Georgia.
Lashawn f & m African American
Combination of the popular prefix La with the name Shawn.
Lassana m Western African
Form of Al-Hasan used in parts of western Africa (especially Mali).
Lasse m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Scandinavian and Finnish form of Laurence 1.
Lassi m Finnish
Finnish form of Laurence 1.
László m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Vladislav. Saint László was an 11th-century king of Hungary, looked upon as the embodiment of Christian virtue and bravery.
Latheef m Dhivehi
Dhivehi form of Latif.
Lətif m Azerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of Latif.
Latif m Arabic, Urdu
Means "gentle, kind" in Arabic. In Islamic tradition اللطيف (al-Latif) is one of the 99 names of Allah.
Lau m Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish short form of Laurens.
Lauge m Danish
From a medieval short form of the Old Norse byname Félagi.
Launce m Literature
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).
Launo m Finnish (Rare)
Possibly a Finnish diminutive of Klaus.
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.
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]
Laurens m Dutch
Dutch form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Laurent m French
French form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Laurentinus m Ancient Roman
Roman cognomen that was a derivative of Laurentius (see Laurence 1). Saint Laurentinus was a 3rd-century martyr from Carthage.
Laurențiu m Romanian
Romanian form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Laurentius m Ancient Roman
Ancient Roman form of Laurence 1.
Laurenz m German
German form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Lauri m Finnish, Estonian
Finnish and Estonian form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Laurie f & m English, Dutch
Diminutive of Laura or Laurence 1.
Laurits m Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Lauritz m Danish, Norwegian
Danish and Norwegian form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Lauro m Italian
Italian form of Laurus (see Laura).
Laurus m Late Roman
Original masculine form of Laura.
Laurynas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Lavern m & f English
Variant of Laverne.
Laverne f & m English
From a surname that 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".
Lavi m Hebrew
Means "lion" in Hebrew.
Lavr m Russian (Rare)
Russian form of Laurus (see Laura).
Lavrenti m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Лаврентий (see Lavrentiy).
Lavrentios m Greek
Greek form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Lavrentiy m Russian
Russian form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Lavrenty m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Лаврентий (see Lavrentiy).
Law m Medieval English
Medieval diminutive of Laurence 1.
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.
Lawson m English
From an English surname meaning "son of Laurence 1".
Laxman m Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Telugu
Alternate transcription of Marathi/Hindi लक्ष्मण or Telugu లక్ష్మణ్ (see Lakshman).
Laxmi f & m Indian, Telugu, Marathi, Hindi, Nepali
Alternate transcription of Telugu లక్ష్మి or Marathi/Hindi लक्ष्मी (see Lakshmi), as well as the most common Nepali transcription.
Layne m English
Variant of Lane.
Layton m English
From a surname that was originally derived from the name of English towns meaning "town with a leek garden" in Old English.
Laz m English
Diminutive of Larry.
Lázár m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Lazarus.
Lazăr m Romanian
Romanian form of Lazarus.
Lazar m Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian
Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian and Macedonian form of Lazarus.
Lazare m French
French form of Lazarus.
Lázaro m Spanish
Spanish form of Lazarus.
Lazarus m Biblical, Biblical Latin
Latinized form of Λάζαρος (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.
Lazer m Yiddish
Yiddish variant of Eliezer. This is the name of a character in the musical Fiddler on the Roof (1964).
Lazzaro m Italian
Italian form of Lazarus. In the past it was used as an Italian word meaning "leper".
Leander m Greek Mythology (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λέανδρος (Leandros), derived from λέων (leon) meaning "lion" and ἀνήρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ἀνδρός). 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.
Léandre m French
French form of Leander.
Leandro m Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Spanish, Portuguese and Italian form of Leander.
Leanid m Belarusian
Belarusian form of Leonidas.
Lear m Literature
Form of Leir used by Shakespeare for the title character of his tragic play King Lear (1606).
Leary m Irish
Anglicized form of Laoghaire.
Lebanah m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "white" in Hebrew, a poetic name for the moon. This name appears briefly in the Old Testament.
Leberecht m German (Rare)
Means "live rightly" from German lebe "live" and recht "right". This name was created in the 17th century.
Lebogang m & f Southern African, Tswana
Means "be thankful" in Tswana.
Lebohang m & f Southern African, Sotho
Means "be thankful" in Sotho.
Lebron m African American (Rare)
Meaning unknown, probably an invented name. This is the name of basketball player LeBron James (1984-).
Lech m Polish, 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-).
Lechosław m Polish
Derived from the Polish name Lech combined with the Slavic element slava meaning "glory".
Lee m & f English
From a surname that 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.
Leevi m Finnish
Finnish form of Levi.
Lefteris m Greek
Short form of Eleftherios.
Legend m English (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".
Legolas m Literature
Means "green leaves" in the fictional language 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.
Lehi m Mormon
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.
Lehua f & m Hawaiian
Means "ohia flower" in Hawaiian.
Lei 1 m & f Hawaiian
Means "flowers, lei, child" in Hawaiian.
Lei 2 m & f Chinese
From Chinese (lěi) meaning "pile of stones" (which is typically masculine) or (lěi) meaning "bud" (typically feminine). Other characters can also form this name.
Leif m Swedish, 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.
Leifr m Ancient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of Leif.
Leifur m Icelandic
Icelandic form of Leif.
Leigh f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of Lee.
Leighton f & m English
From a surname that was a variant of Layton.
Leigong m Chinese Mythology
Means "lord of thunder", from Chinese (léi) meaning "thunder" and (gōng) meaning "lord, prince". This is the name of a Chinese thunder god.
Leilani f & m Hawaiian
Means "heavenly flowers" or "royal child" from Hawaiian lei "flowers, lei, child" and lani "heaven, sky, royal, majesty".
Leir m Literature
The name of an early king of the Britons, according to the 12th-century chronicles of Geoffrey of Monmouth. Leir's name may be connected to the city where he reigned, Leicester (named Kaerleir by Geoffrey). Alternatively it might be derived from the name of the Welsh god Llyr. The story of Leir and his daughters was later adapted by Shakespeare for his play King Lear (1606).
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.
Leiv m Norwegian
Norwegian variant of Leif.
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).
Lelio m Italian
Italian form of Laelius (see Laelia).
Lelisa m Eastern African, Oromo
From Oromo leellisaa meaning "admirer".
Lelle m Swedish
Diminutive of Lennart.
Lemminkäinen m Finnish 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.
Lemoine m English (Rare)
From a French surname meaning "the monk" in French.
Lemuel m Biblical, 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).
Len m English
Short form of Leonard.
Lénárd m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Leonard.
Lenard m English
Variant of Leonard.
Lenart m Slovene
Slovene form of Leonard.
Lencho m Eastern African, Oromo
Means "lion" in Oromo.
Lenn m Dutch
Short form of Lennart.
Lennard m Dutch
Dutch variant of Leonard.
Lennart m Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Low German, Dutch
Swedish and Low German form of Leonard.
Lenni m Finnish
Finnish diminutive of Lennart.
Lennie m & f English
Diminutive of Leonard, sometimes a feminine form.
Lennon m & f English (Modern)
From an Irish surname, an Anglicized form of Ó Leannáin, which means "descendant of Leannán". The name Leannán means "lover" in Irish. This surname was borne by musician John Lennon (1940-1980), a member of the Beatles.
Lennox m & f Scottish, English (Modern)
From a Scottish surname that 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.
Lenox m Scottish, English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of Lennox.
Lenz m German
Short form of Lorenz. This is also a German poetic word referring to the springtime.
Léo m French
French form of Leo.
Leo m German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Estonian, 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.
Leobwin m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements leub "dear, beloved" and win "friend", making it a cognate of Leofwine.
Leocadio m Spanish
Masculine form of Leocadia.
Leocadius m Late Roman
Masculine form of Leocadia.
Leofdæg m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English element leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" combined with dæg "day".
Leofric m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English element leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" combined with ric "ruler, mighty".
Leofsige m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English elements leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" and sige "victory".
Leofstan m Anglo-Saxon
Derived from the Old English element leof "dear, agreeable, beloved" combined with stan "stone".
Leofwine m Anglo-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.
Leolin m Welsh
Variant of Llywelyn influenced by Latin leo "lion".
Leoluca m Italian
Combination of Leone 1 and Luca 1. This was the name of a 9th-century Sicilian saint.
Léon m French
French form of Leon.
León m Spanish
Spanish form of Leon. This is also the name of a city and province in Spain (see León), though the etymology is unrelated.
Leon m English, German, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Dutch, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λέων (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.
Léonard m French
French form of Leonard.
Leonard m English, Dutch, German, Polish, Romanian, 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, where it was used steadily through the Middle Ages, becoming even more common in the 20th century.
Leonardas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Leonard.
Leonardo m Italian, 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 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-).
Leonas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Leon.
Léonce m & f French
French form of Leontios, also used as a feminine name.
Leoncio m Spanish
Spanish form of Leontios.
Leone 1 m Italian
Italian form of Leon.
Léonel m French
Variant of Lionel.
Leonel m Spanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of Lionel.
Leonhard m German
German form of Leonard. A famous bearer was the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler (1707-1783), who made many important contributions to calculus, number theory, geometry and theoretical physics.
Leonid m Russian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of Leonidas.
Leonida m Italian
Italian form of Leonidas.
Leonidas m Greek, Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λέων (leon) meaning "lion" combined with the patronymic suffix ἴδης (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.
Léonide m & f French (Rare)
French masculine and feminine form of Leonidas.
Leonīds m Latvian
Latvian form of Leonidas.
Leonius m Late Roman
Late Latin name that was derived from Leo.
Leonti m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Леонтий (see Leontiy).
Leontios m Ancient Greek
Derived from Greek λέων (leon) meaning "lion". This was the name of various early saints and martyrs. It was also borne by a 7th-century Byzantine emperor.
Leontiy m Russian
Russian form of Leontios.
Leonty m Russian
Alternate transcription of Russian Леонтий (see Leontiy).
Leonzio m Italian (Rare)
Italian form of Leontios.
Léopold m French
French form of Leopold.
Leopold m German, Dutch, English, Czech, Slovak, 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 (1922).
Leopoldo m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Leopold.
Leoš m Czech
Czech form of Leo.
Ler m Irish Mythology
Irish cognate of Llyr. Ler was an Irish god of the sea, the father of Manannan mac Lir.
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.
Lesego m & f African
Means "luck, blessing" in Tswana, from sego "blessed".
Lesław m Polish
Short form of Lechosław.
Lesley f & m English
Variant of Leslie.
Leslie f & m English
From a Scottish surname that 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.
Lestat m Literature
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.
Lester m English
From a surname that 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".
Leszek m Polish
Diminutive of Lech.
Letîf m Kurdish
Kurdish form of Latif.
Leudagar m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Ludger.
Leudbald m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Leopold.
Leudoberct m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Lubbert.
Leui m Biblical Greek
Form of Levi used in the Greek Bible.
Leukippos m Ancient Greek, Greek Mythology
Means "white horse", derived from Greek λευκός (leukos) meaning "white, bright" and ἵππος (hippos) meaning "horse". This name was borne by a 5th-century BC Greek philosopher, as well as by several characters in Greek mythology.
Leuthar m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name composed of the elements leud "people" and hari "army".
Leutwin m Ancient Germanic
Germanic name derived from the elements leud "people" and win "friend". Saint Leutwin was an 8th-century bishop of Trier.
Lev 1 m Russian
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 m Hebrew
Means "heart" in Hebrew.
Levan m Georgian
Georgian form of Leon.
Levent m Turkish
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".
Levente m Hungarian
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.
Levi m Hebrew, English, Dutch, German, 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. This name also occurs in the New Testament, where it is another name for the apostle Matthew.... [more]
Levin m German (Rare)
German form of Leobwin.
Levon m Armenian
Armenian form of Leon. This was the name of several kings of Cilician Armenia, including the first king Levon I the Magnificent.
Lew 1 m English
Short form of Lewis.
Lew 2 m Polish (Rare)
Polish cognate of Lev 1.
Lewi m Biblical Hebrew
Biblical Hebrew form of Levi.
Lewin m English (Rare)
From an English surname that 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.
Leyton m English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of Layton.
Lhamo f & m Tibetan, Bhutanese
Means "goddess" in Tibetan.
Li 1 f & m Chinese
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 & m Hebrew
Means "to me" in Hebrew.
Liam m Irish, English, French (Modern), Dutch (Modern), German (Modern), Swedish (Modern)
Irish short form of William. It became popular in the United Kingdom in the 1980s, and elsewhere in Europe and the Americas after that. It was the top ranked name for boys in the United States beginning in 2017.
Lian 1 m German
Short form of Julian or Kilian.
Lian 2 m & f Chinese
From Chinese (lián) meaning "lotus, water lily", (lián) meaning "waterfall", or other Chinese characters that are pronounced similarly.
Lias m Swedish
Swedish short form of Elias.
Liber m Roman Mythology
Derived from Latin liber meaning "free". This was the name of a Roman fertility god, often identified with Dionysus.
Liberato m Italian, Spanish (Latin American), Portuguese (Rare)
Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Liberatus.
Liberatore m Italian (Rare)
Means "liberator" in Italian.
Liberatus m Late Roman
Late Latin name meaning "freed, released". This name was borne by a 3rd-century saint and martyr.
Liberius m Late Roman
Late Latin name that was derived from Latin liber "free". This name was borne by a 2nd-century saint and a 4th-century pope.
Libor m Czech
Czech form of Liberius.
Liborio m Italian
Italian (particularly Sicilian) form of Liborius.
Liborius m Late 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.
Lieber m Yiddish
From Yiddish ליבע (libe) meaning "love".
Liêm m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (liêm) meaning "clean, honest, upright".
Lieven m Flemish
Flemish form of Leobwin.
Lievin m Flemish
Flemish form of Leobwin.
Lilian f & m English, French
English variant of Lillian, as well as a French masculine form.
Lim m & f Chinese
Hokkien Chinese form of Lin.
Limbani m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "be strong" in Chewa.
Limbikani m & f Southern African, Chewa
Means "work hard" in Chewa.
Lin m & f Chinese
From Chinese (lín) meaning "forest" or (lín) meaning "fine jade, gem". Other characters can also form this name.
Linas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Linus. This is also the Lithuanian word for "flax" (a cognate of the name's root).
Lincoln m English
From a surname that 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.
Linden m English
From a German surname that was derived from Old High German linta meaning "linden tree".
Lindon m English (Rare)
From a surname that was a variant of Lyndon.
Lindsay f & m English, Scottish
From an English and Scottish surname that 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.
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.
Linford m English (Rare)
From a surname that was originally taken from place names meaning either "flax ford" or "linden tree ford" in Old English.
Ling f & m Chinese
From Chinese (líng) meaning "spirit, soul", (líng) meaning "bell, chime", or other Chinese characters that are pronounced similarly.
Linh f & m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (linh) meaning "spirit, soul".
Lino 1 m Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician
Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Galician form of Linus.
Lino 2 m Italian
Short form of Angelino and other names ending in lino.
Linton m English
From a surname that was originally from place names meaning either "flax town" or "linden tree town" in Old English.
Linus m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized), Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German
From the Greek name Λίνος (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.
Linwood m English
From a surname that was originally from a place name meaning "stream forest" in Old English.
Lionel m French, English
French diminutive of Léon. A notable bearer is Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi (1987-).
Lior m & f Hebrew
Means "light for me" in Hebrew.
Lir m Irish Mythology (Anglicized)
Variant of Ler based on the genitive case of the name.
Liraz m & f Hebrew
Means "secret for me" in Hebrew.
Liron m & f Hebrew
Means "song for me" or "joy for me" in Hebrew.
Lisandro m Spanish
Spanish form of Lysander.
Lishan f & m Eastern African, Amharic
Means "award" in Amharic.
Liudevit m Medieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of Ľudovít.
Liudvikas m Lithuanian
Lithuanian form of Ludwig.
Liupold m Ancient Germanic
Old Germanic form of Leopold.
Livianus m Ancient Roman
Latin masculine form of Liviana.
Livio m Italian
Italian form of Livius.
Liviu m Romanian
Romanian form of Livius.
Livius m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that 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.
Livy 1 m History
Form of Livius used to refer to the Roman historian Titus Livius.
Ljuba m & f Serbian, Croatian, Slovene, Macedonian, Czech
From the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love", or a short form of names beginning with this element. It is typically masculine in Serbia and feminine elsewhere.
Ljuban m Serbian, Croatian
Serbian and Croatian form of Lyuben.
Ljube m Macedonian
Diminutive of Ljubomir.
Ljuben m Macedonian
Macedonian form of Lyuben.
Ljubiša m Serbian
From the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love" combined with a diminutive suffix.
Ljubo m Croatian, Serbian
Diminutive of Ljubomir.
Ljubomir m Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian
Croatian, Serbian and Macedonian form of Lubomír.
Ljudevit m Croatian
Croatian cognate of Ľudovít.
Ljudmil m Macedonian
Macedonian masculine form of Ludmila.
Ljupcho m Macedonian
Alternate transcription of Macedonian Љупчо (see Ljupčo).
Ljupčo m Macedonian
Diminutive of Ljubomir.
Lleu m Welsh 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.
Llew m Welsh, Welsh Mythology
Variant of Lleu. It can also be a short form of Llewelyn. It coincides with the Welsh word llew meaning "lion".
Llewellyn m Welsh
Variant of Llewelyn.
Llewelyn m Welsh
Variant of Llywelyn influenced by the Welsh word llew "lion".
Llorenç m Catalan
Catalan form of Laurentius (see Laurence 1).
Lloyd m English
From a surname that was derived from Welsh llwyd meaning "grey". The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber (1948-) is a famous bearer of this name.
Lluc m Catalan
Catalan form of Lucas (see Luke).
Lluís m Catalan
Catalan form of Louis.
Llyr m Welsh 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 Leir of the Britons.
Llywelyn m Welsh
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.