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LE f Burmese
Means "limpid, clear" in Burmese.
LEA f Hawaiian, Polynesian Mythology
Goddess of canoe builders; wife of Ku-moku-hali'i; sister of Hina-puku-'ai; she takes the form of an 'elepaio (a forest bird)
LEABHARCHAM f Irish Mythology
Means "crooked book" from Gaelic leabhar
"book" and cham
"crooked" (a byname probably referring to posture). In Irish legend this was the name of the wise old woman who raised Deirdre
in seclusion, and who brought together Deirdre and Naoise
LEADES f Greek Mythology
A son of Astacus, who, according to Apollodorus (iii. 6. § 8), fought in the defence of Thebes against the Seven, and slew Eteocles; but Aeschylus (Sept. 474) represents Megareus as the person who killed Eteocles.
LEAF m & f English (Rare), Literature
From a surname derived from the Old English personal name Leofa
(or the feminine form Leofe
), which was a short form of other names beginning with the Old English element leof
"dear, beloved" (such as Leofdæg
; compare Lioba
), and also in part an independent, affectionate byname... [more]
LEAINA f Ancient Greek
From Greek λέαινα (leaina)
meaning "lioness", the feminine form of λέων (leôn)
"lion" (see Leon
). This was borne by a 6th-century BC Athenian hetaira whose lover Aristogeiton plotted to overthrow the tyrants Hippias and Hipparchus, which eventually led to the establishment of democracy in Athens... [more]
LEANDRINA f Italian
Possibly a feminine form of Leander
. This is the name of a Italian distance runner born in 1912, Leandrina Bulzacchi.
LEAR m Theatre, Manx
, probably a Latinized form of Welsh Llyr
. King Lear is the title character of a tragic play by Shakespeare (1606). His name and story were taken directly from Geoffrey of Monmouth's tale of King Leir, a legendary king of the ancient Britons.
LEARA f American (Rare)
Of unknown origin and meaning. It might possibly be an attempted feminization of Lear
or, and perhaps more likely, a phonetic respelling of Liora
via its Anglicized variant Leora
LEARCO m Italian
Italian form of Learchus
. In Italy this name was popularized by the cyclist Learco Guerra (1902-1963).
LEBANAH m Biblical
Derived from Hebrew לָבָן (lavan)
meaning "white". It occurs briefly in the Old Testament belonging to an Israelite, the head of a family of Nethinim returning from Babylon with Zerubbabel
LECHERY m & f English (Puritan)
Meaning, "excessive or offensive sexual desire; lustfulness." A puritanical name used as a warning.
LECO m Dutch (Rare)
The meaning of this name is uncertain, but it may possibly be of Dutch or Frisian origin (compare Remco
). A known bearer of this name is Leco van Zadelhoff (b. 1968), a Dutch celebrity cosmetician, stylist, television host and writer.
LECRAE m African American
Recent name of unknown origin. Rare usage since the late 1970's. A famous bearer of the name is American rapper Lecrae Moore (1979-), known simply as Lecrae.
LEDIMIR m Croatian
Derived from (Serbo-)Croatian led
"ice" combined with Slavic mir
LEDORA f American (Rare)
Of unknown origin and meaning. It might be a blend of Lenora
or a name ending in -dora
, such as Eldora
, or it might simply be a combination of the popular prefix Le-
or a name ending in -dora
LEEFKE f Low German, East Frisian
Derived from Low German leefke
"darling", which looks similar to its Limburgish equivalent leeveke
and Dutch liefje
. See also the name Leve
, of which this name can be seen as a feminine form of.
LEELEE f English (Rare)
Diminutive of names beginning with or containing the sound lee
. In the case of actress Leelee Sobieski (1983-), it is short for her real name, Liliane
LEELI f Literature
Leeli is a character from Andrew Peterson's Wingfeather Saga. In the series, she is a sweet, music- and dog-loving girl who puts aside her own desires for the good of her people.
LEELIA f Estonian
Estonian feminine name, a modern coinage created for aesthetic purposes. Leelia is a character in the novel Our Daily Bread, written by Raimond Kaugver.
LEELOO f Popular Culture
Perhaps based on the French Lilou
. Leeloo is the heroine of the 1997 sci-fi movie "The Fifth Element". Leeloo is her nickname, her full name being Leeloominaï, which is revealed to mean "precious stones" in Leeloo's (fictional) mother tongue, the Divine Language.
LEEUWE m West Frisian
The origin of this Frisian name is a little uncertain: it is thought that it is a short form of Germanic names that contained the element laifa
) or liub
LEEVKEN f North Frisian
The name comes from the Frisian, derived from "leavje", the Frisian word for like to love or like. Modified and with the suffix "-ke", which expresses a trivialization, it becomes "Levke".
LEEYA f English
Variant of Leah
. This name was given to 25 girls born in the USA in 2010.
LEEYAH f English
Variant of Leah
. This name was given to 20 girls born in the USA in 2010.
LEEZA f English (American)
Possibly an Anglicized form of Liese
, or perhaps a variant of Lisa
intended to reflect the German pronunciation. This is borne by American talk show host Leeza Gibbons (1957-).
LEFAYE f African American
From French la fée
meaning "the fairy", the epithet of the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay. The name Morgan le Fay
was first used by Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 12th century.
LEFTY m & f American
Meaning, "left-handed person," 1886, American English, baseball slang, from left
(adj.) + -y
LEGACY f & m English
From the English "legacy" meaning "something inherited from a predecessor; a heritage; or the descendant of an alumnus. From the Old French legacie
, from the Medieval Latin legatia
, from the Latin lēgātum
'a bequest, legacy', from lēgō
LEGIEN f Dutch (Rare)
Dutch feminine name of uncertain meaning. A known bearer of this name is the retired Dutch television host Legien Kromkamp (born around 1945).
LEGNÈ f African
The Afrikaans word 'engel' (meaning 'angel')spelled backwords
LEGPA m & f Tibetan
Means "praiseworthy, useful" or "Mercury" in Tibetan.
LEHAVA f Hebrew
"Flame, tongue of fire." The name is commonly given symbolically to girls born on Hanukkah or Lag b'Omer.
LEHEL m Hungarian
Hungarian male name. Lehel (died 955) was a Magyar chieftain, one of the military leaders of prince Taksony
of Hungary, and a descendant of Árpád
LEHO m Estonian
Estonian masculine name of unknown etymology. It probably refers to Lehola, also known as Lõhavere, the castle of Lembitu, an Estonian chieftain.
LEHTE f Estonian
Means "leaf", from the Estonian word leht
. A 19th century construction.
LEHUANANI f Hawaiian
Means "beautiful ʻōhiʻa (flower)," from lehua
, which refers to the flower of the ʻōhiʻa tree and also the tree itself, and nani
meaning "beauty, glory, splendour."
LEI f Japanese
Alternate romanization of Rei
. "Rei" is technically correct, but in this case it's spelled with an L to match the pronunciation.
LEIALOHA m & f Hawaiian
Means "beloved child" from Hawaiian lei
"wreath" (by extension "child", carried on the shoulders like a lei) and aloha
"love". This name was popular in Hawaii from 1900-1939.
LEIB m Yiddish
From the Yiddish word leyb
meaning "lion". The lion was associated with the tribe of Judah.
LEICESTER m Literature
Sir Leicester Dedlock is a character in Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House
LEIDA f Estonian
Estonian feminine name, (first?) used in 19th-century literature. It is associated with the Estonian verb leidma
"to find, discover".
LEIHANA f Micronesian
The name Leihana is unknown where it originated, but has been used in many islands in the Pacific Ocean, especially in Micronesia. The first recorded use of the name Leihana was for the name of Princess Leihana of an unamed island in the Pacific... [more]
LEIJN m Dutch (Rare)
More modern form of Leyn
, but the name is still quite archaic, even though it has barely survived into modern times. In 2010, there were less than 60 bearers in all of The Netherlands. The real modern form is Lein
, of which there were four times as many bearers in 2010... [more]
LEIKNY f Norwegian
Combination of Old Norse leikr
"game; play; sport; fight" and nýr
"new; young; fresh" or ný
"new moon; waxing moon". Another theory, however, considers this an adoption (and Old Norse adaption) of some unknown foreign name.
LEIKO f Hawaiian
Combination of "lei" and the Japanese suffix -ko meaning "child". This name was possibly invented by Hawaiians of mixed Japanese-Hawaiian ancestry. It is not used as a given name in Japan.