Names Starting with L

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LUCRETIA f Ancient Roman, Roman Mythology
Feminine form of the Roman family name Lucretius, possibly from Latin lucrum meaning "profit, wealth". In Roman legend Lucretia was a maiden who was raped by the son of the king of Rome. This caused a great uproar among the Roman citizens, and the monarchy was overthrown. This name was also borne by a saint and martyr from Spain.
LUCRETIUS m Ancient Roman
Masculine form of LUCRETIA. This name was borne by 1st-century BC Roman poet Titus Lucretius Carus.
LUCREZIA f Italian
Italian form of LUCRETIA.
LUCY f English
English form of LUCIA, in use since the Middle Ages.
LUCYNA f Polish
Polish form of LUCINA.
LUDDE m Swedish
Swedish diminutive of LUDVIG.
LUDĚK m Czech
Diminutive of LUDVÍK and other names beginning with Lud.
LUDGER m German, Dutch
From the Germanic name Leudagar, which was derived from the elements leud "people" and ger "spear". Saint Ludger was an 8th-century Frisian Benedictine bishop who founded a monastery at Munster.
LUDIS m Latvian
Latvian form of LUDWIG.
Possibly from a feminine form of LEUTWIN. It was popularized in the 1970s by a character from the television miniseries Les Gens de Mogador.
LUDMIŁA f Polish
Polish form of LUDMILA.
LUDMILA f Czech, Latvian, Russian
Means "favour of the people" from the Slavic elements lyudu "people" and milu "gracious, dear". Saint Ludmila was a 10th-century duchess of Bohemia, the grandmother of Saint Václav. She was murdered on the orders of her daughter-in-law Drahomíra.... [more]
LUDMILLA f Russian, Bulgarian
Alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Людмила (see LYUDMILA).
LUDO m Flemish, French
Short form of LUDOVICUS or LUDOLF.
LUDOLF m German, Dutch, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Hludwolf, which was composed of the elements hlud "famous" and wolf "wolf".
LUDOVIC m French
Medieval Latinized form of LUDWIG. This was the name of an 1833 opera by the French composer Fromental Halévy.
LUDOVICA f Italian
Latinate feminine form of LUDWIG.
LUDOVICO m Italian
Latinate form of LUDWIG.
LUDOVICUS m Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of Chlodovech (see LUDWIG).
LUDOVIKO m Esperanto
Esperanto form of LUDWIG. This is the Esperanto name of the philologist Ludwig Zamenhof (1859-1917), the creator of the Esperanto language.
ĽUDOVÍT m Slovak
Means "master of the people" from the Slavic elements lyudu "people" and vit "master, lord".
LUDVIG m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of LUDWIG.
LUDVIGS m Latvian
Latvian form of LUDWIG.
LUDVÍK m Czech
Czech form of LUDWIG.
LUDVIK m Slovene
Slovene form of LUDWIG.
LUDWIG m German
From the Germanic name Chlodovech meaning "famous battle", composed of the elements hlud "famous" and wig "war, battle". This was the name of three Merovingian kings of the Franks (though their names are usually spelled in the Latinized form Clovis) as well as several Carolingian kings and Holy Roman emperors (names often spelled in the French form Louis). Other famous bearers include the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), who contributed to logic and the philosophy of language.
LUDWIK m Polish
Polish form of LUDWIG.
LUDWIKA f Polish
Polish feminine form of LUDWIG.
LUELLA f English
Variant of LOUELLA.
LUG m Irish Mythology
Old Irish form of LUGH.
LUGAID m Irish Mythology
Old Irish form of LUGHAIDH.
LUGALBANDA m Sumerian Mythology
From Sumerian lugal "king" and banda "young, wild, fierce". This was the name of a legendary king of Uruk who was said to be the father of Gilgamesh in Sumerian mythology.
LUGH m Irish Mythology
Probably an Irish form of LUGUS. In Irish mythology Lugh was a divine hero who led the Tuatha De Danann against the Fomorians who were led by his grandfather Balor. Lugh killed Balor by shooting a stone into his giant eye.
LUGHAIDH m Irish, Irish Mythology
Derived from the name of the Irish god LUGH. This was the name of several characters in Irish legend, including the king Lughaidh mac Con.
LUGUBELENUS m Ancient Celtic
Older form (possibly) of LLYWELYN.
LUGUS m Celtic Mythology
Probably from early Celtic meaning "light", ultimately from the Indo-European root *leuk "light, brightness". This was the name of a Celtic (Gaulish) god of commerce and craftsmanship, who was equated by the Romans with Mercury. He probably forms the basis for the characters and names of Lugh (Irish) and Lleu (Welsh).
LUIGI m Italian
Italian form of LOUIS.
LUIGIA f Italian
Italian feminine form of LOUIS.
LUIGINA f Italian
Diminutive of LUIGIA.
LUIGINO m Italian
Diminutive of LUIGI.
LUIGSECH f Ancient Irish
Derived from the name of the Irish god LUGH.
LUÍS m Portuguese
Portuguese form of LOUIS.
LUIS m Spanish
Spanish form of LOUIS.
LUÍSA f Portuguese
Feminine form of LUÍS.
LUISA f Spanish, Italian
Feminine form of LUIS.
LUIS ÁNGEL m Spanish
Combination of LUIS and ÁNGEL.
LUISE f German
German form of LOUISE.
Modern form of LUIGSECH.
LUISELLA f Italian
Diminutive of LUISA.
LUISINA f Spanish
Diminutive of LUISA.
LUISINHO m Portuguese
Portuguese diminutive of LUÍS or LUIZ.
LUISITA f Spanish
Diminutive of LUISA.
LUITGARD f German, Ancient Germanic
From the Germanic name Leutgard, which was derived from the elements leud "people" and gard "enclosure". This was the name of a 13th-century Flemish nun, the patron saint of easy deliveries.
LUITPOLD m German (Rare)
German variant of LEOPOLD.
LUIZ m Portuguese (Brazilian)
Brazilian Portuguese form of LOUIS.
LUIZA f Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Romanian
Polish, Portuguese and Romanian feminine form of LOUIS.
LUJAYN f Arabic
Means "silver" in Arabic.
LUJZA f Hungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak feminine form of LOUIS.
LUKA m Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian, Russian, Georgian, Old Church Slavic
Form of Lucas (see LUKE) in several languages.
LUKÁCS m Hungarian
Hungarian form of Lucas (see LUKE).
LUKÁŠ m Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of Lucas (see LUKE).
LUKAS m German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Lithuanian
German, Scandinavian, Dutch and Lithuanian form of Lucas (see LUKE).
ŁUKASZ m Polish
Polish form of Lucas (see LUKE).
LUKE m English, Biblical
English form of Latin Lucas, from the Greek name Λουκᾶς (Loukas) meaning "from Lucania", Lucania being a region in southern Italy (of uncertain meaning). Luke was a doctor who travelled in the company of the apostle Paul. According to tradition, he was the author of the third gospel and Acts in the New Testament. He was probably of Greek ethnicity. He is considered a saint by many Christian denominations.... [more]
LUKEN m Basque
Basque form of LUCIANUS.
LUKNĖ f Lithuanian
Possibly from the name of a Lithuanian river.
LUKSA f Esperanto
Means "luxurious" in Esperanto.
LULA (1) f English
Diminutive of LOUISE and names that begin with Lu.
LULE f Albanian
Means "flower" in Albanian.
LULIT f Eastern African, Amharic
From Amharic ሉል (lul) meaning "pearl".
LULJETA f Albanian
Means "flower of life" in Albanian, from lule "flower" and jetë "life".
LULU (1) f German
Diminutive of names that begin with Lu, especially LUISE.
LULU (2) f Arabic
Means "pearls" in Arabic.
LUMI f Finnish
Means "snow" in Finnish.
LUMINIȚA f Romanian
Means "little light", derived from Romanian lumina "light" combined with a diminutive suffix.
LUMÍR m Czech
Meaning unknown, though the second element is likely Slavic miru meaning "peace" or "world". In Czech legend this is the name of a bard.
LUMUSI f Western African, Ewe
Means "born face down" in Ewe.
LUNA f Roman Mythology, Italian, Spanish, English
Means "the moon" in Latin. Luna was the Roman goddess of the moon, frequently depicted driving a white chariot through the sky.
LUNED f Welsh, Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
Variant of ELUNED. In the Mabinogion, a collection of tales from Welsh myth, she is a servant of the Lady of the Fountain who rescues the knight Owain.
LUNGILE f & m Southern African, Zulu, Ndebele
Means "correct, right, good" in Zulu and Ndebele.
LUNINGNING f Filipino, Tagalog
Means "brilliance" in Tagalog.
LUPE f & m Spanish
Short form of GUADALUPE.
LUPITA f Spanish
Diminutive of GUADALUPE.
LUPUS m Late Roman
Latin form of LOUP.
LURDES f Portuguese
Portuguese form of LOURDES.
LUSINE f Armenian
From Armenian լուսին (lusin) meaning "moon".
LUSINEH f Armenian
Alternate transcription of Armenian Լուսինե (see LUSINE).
LÜTFİ m Turkish
Turkish form of LUTFI.
LUTFI m Arabic, Indonesian
Means "kind, gentle" in Arabic.
LÜTFİYE f Turkish
Turkish feminine form of LUTFI.
LÜTFÜ m Turkish
Turkish form of LUTFI.
LUTGARDIS f Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Germanic name LUITGARD.
LUTHER m English
From a German surname, itself from the Germanic given name LEUTHAR. The surname was borne by Martin Luther, a 16th-century monk and theologian, who started the Protestant Reformation by nailing his famous 95 theses to a church door. It has since been used as a given name in his honour, especially among Protestants. A notable bearer from the modern era was the American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929-1968).
LÚÐVÍK m Icelandic
Icelandic form of LUDWIG.
LUTZ m German
German diminutive of LUDWIG.
LUUK m Dutch
Dutch short form of LUCAS.
LUUKAS m Finnish
Finnish form of Lucas (see LUKE).
LUULE f Estonian
Means "poetry" in Estonian.
LUUS f Dutch, Limburgish
Dutch and Limburgish form of LUCIA.
LUVENIA f English
Possibly a form of LAVINIA. It has been used in America since the 19th century.
LUVINIA f English
Variant of LUVENIA.
LUX f & m Various
Derived from Latin lux meaning "light".
LUZ f Spanish
Means "light" in Spanish. It is taken from the title of the Virgin Mary, Nuestra Señora de la Luz, meaning "Our Lady of Light".
LUZIA f Portuguese, German
Portuguese and German form of LUCIA.
LYA f French (Modern)
Variant of LÉA.
LYALL m English (Rare)
From a Scottish surname that was derived from the Old Norse given name Liulfr (which was derived in part from úlfr "wolf").
LYAM m French (Modern)
French variant of LIAM.
LYCURGUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυκοῦργος (Lykourgos), derived from λύκος (lykos) meaning "wolf" and ἔργον (ergon) meaning "work, deed". In Greek legend this was the name of a king who was driven mad by the gods because of his impiety. This was also the name of a Spartan legislator of the 9th century BC.
LYCUS m Greek Mythology (Latinized), Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λύκος (Lykos) meaning "wolf". This name was borne by several characters in Greek mythology including a legendary ruler of Thebes.
LYDA f English
Perhaps a variant of LYDIA.
LÝDIA f Slovak, Faroese
Slovak and Faroese form of LYDIA.
LYDIA f English, German, Dutch, Biblical, Old Church Slavic, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek
Means "from Lydia" in Greek. Lydia was a region on the west coast of Asia Minor, said to be named for the legendary king LYDOS. In the New Testament this is the name of a woman converted to Christianity by Saint Paul. In the modern era the name has been in use since the Protestant Reformation.
LÝDIE f Czech
Czech variant of LYDIE.
LYDIE f French, Czech
French and Czech form of LYDIA.
LYDOS m Ancient Greek
Meaning unknown. This was the name of the semi-legendary king who gave his name to the region of Lydia in Asia Minor.
LYKKE f Danish
Means "good fortune, happiness" in Danish.
LYLA f English
Variant of LEILA.
LYLE m English
From an English surname that was derived from Norman French l'isle "island".
LYLOU f French
Variant of LILOU.
LYN f English
Variant of LYNN.
LYNDA f English
Variant of LINDA.
LYNDON m English
From an English surname that was derived from a place name meaning "linden tree hill" in Old English. A famous bearer was American president Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973).
LYNETTE f English
Form of LUNED used by Alfred Lord Tennyson in his 1872 poem Gareth and Lynette. In modern times it is also regarded as a diminutive of LYNN.
LYNN f & m English
From an English surname that was derived from Welsh llyn meaning "lake". Before the start of the 20th century it was primarily used for boys, but it has since come to be more common for girls. In some cases it may be thought of as a short form of LINDA or names that end in lyn or line.
LYNNA f English (Rare)
Elaborated form of LYNN.
LYNNE f English
Variant of LYNN.
LYNNETTE f English
Variant of LYNETTE.
LYNWOOD m English
Variant of LINWOOD.
LYOSHA m Russian
Diminutive of ALEKSEY.
LYOV m Russian (Rare)
Diminutive of LEV (1).
LYRA f Astronomy
The name of the constellation in the northern sky containing the star Vega. It is said to be shaped after the lyre of Orpheus.
LYRIC f English (Modern)
Means simply "lyric, songlike" from the English word, ultimately derived from Greek λυρικός (lyrikos).
LYS f Frisian
Frisian diminutive of ELISABETH. It also coincides with the French word for "lily".
LYSANDER m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λύσανδρος (Lysandros), derived from Greek λύσις (lysis) meaning "a release" and ἀνήρ (aner) meaning "man" (genitive ἀνδρός). This was the name of a notable 5th-century BC Spartan general and naval commander.
LYSANDRA f Ancient Greek
Feminine form of Lysandros (see LYSANDER).
Variant of LISANNE.
LYSIMACHUS m Ancient Greek (Latinized)
Latinized form of the Greek name Λυσίμαχος (Lysimachos), derived from λύσις (lysis) meaning "a release, loosening" and μάχη (mache) meaning "battle". This was the name of one of the generals under Alexander the Great. After Alexander's death Lysimachus took control of Thrace.
LYSISTRATE f Ancient Greek
Derived from λύσις (lysis) meaning "a release, loosening" and στρατός (stratos) meaning "army". This is the name of a comedy by the Greek playwright Aristophanes.
LYSSA (1) f English
Short form of ALYSSA.
LYSSA (2) f Greek Mythology
Means "rage, fury, anger" in Greek. In Greek mythology Lyssa is a goddess associated with uncontrolled rage.
LYUBA f Russian, Ukrainian
Diminutive of LYUBOV.
LYUBEN m Bulgarian
Derived from the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
LYUBOV f Russian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian
Derived from the Slavic element lyuby meaning "love".
LYUDMIL m Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Bulgarian masculine form of LUDMILA.
LYUDMILA f Russian, Bulgarian, Medieval Slavic
Russian and Bulgarian form of LUDMILA. This was the name of a character in Aleksandr Pushkin's poem Ruslan and Lyudmila (1820).
LYUDMYLA f Ukrainian
Ukrainian form of LUDMILA.
LYYDIA f Finnish (Rare)
Finnish variant of LYDIA.
LYYTI f Finnish (Rare)
Finnish diminutive of LYDIA.
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