Ancient Greek, Female, Hebrew, L names, Male, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Lyriel is a modern English name, an elaborated form of Lyre or Lyric, which refers to a type of poetry that expresses subjective thoughts and feelings in a songlike style or form. It comes from Ancient Greek lyrikos via lúra meaning “lyre” which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek origin of uncertain origin. It can even be stretched out to mean… Continue reading Lyriel

Ancient Greek, Etruscan, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nickname names, Roman mythology, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Lara is a Russian female name, a shortened form of Larissa, the name of a city in Thessaly, Greece, that dates back to five thousand years ago (it's also the name of a few other towns in the region). Apparently the city received its name from a nymph named Larissa, the daughter of Pelasgus (or the mother in… Continue reading Lara

Ancient Greek, Female, L names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Lydian is an adjective referring to Lydia, the name of an ancient kingdom in Asia Minor, which could be used to refer to someone who came from Lydia and is used to describe the people, culture, and language. Lydian has also been used as a Scandinavian male form of Lydia. The kingdom received its name from an early king, Lydus… Continue reading Lydian

Animals, L names, Lion, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Leonard is a male given name meaning "brave lion" made up from Germanic elements leon (lion) and hard (brave, hardy), both of which derive from a PIE source. Leonard is also an English and French surname which originates from the given name; it's also been used as an anglicized form of Irish O'Leannain meaning "descendant of Leannán", the latter meaning "lover;… Continue reading Leonard

Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, Female, L names, Light, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf, Word names


Lux is a Latin word meaning "light" which comes from PIE root *lewk- (bright; light; to shine). Lux is also a Germanic short form of Lukas via Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the latter the name of an ancient region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of… Continue reading Lux

Female, L names, Nature, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Linaeve is a modern female name, seemingly a combination of Linnea and Maeve (though it could also be a combination of any name beginning with Lin such as Linda, Linnet, etc). Linnea is the name of a genus of flowers (also known as the twinflower) which was named after Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus; his last name comes from lind (linden tree, lime tree)… Continue reading Linaeve

L names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names


Lorimer comes from a Scottish surname, originally an occupational name for a maker and seller of spurs, bits, and other metal parts for a horse's bridle. It comes from Old French loremier via Latin lorum (thong, leather strap; rein of a bridle) which cold possibly be derived from a PIE root word though it could also be derived from… Continue reading Lorimer

Ancient Greek, Animals, Astronomy, Birds, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Sound, Stars/Constellation, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Word names, Zodiac

Lyra, Lira

Lyra (pr. lie-ra or lee-ra) is the name of a constellation in which the brightest star in its constellation is Vega. The name receives its name from Greek mythology, representing the lyre of Orpheus, a legendary poet and musician who could charm anything with his music. The name comes from Ancient Greek lúra meaning "lyre" which seems to be derived from a pre-Greek… Continue reading Lyra, Lira

Ancient Greek, Animals, Battle/War, Black/Dark, Color, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, L names, Lion, Male, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh


Lewis is the medieval English form of Louis, the French form of Ludovicus, the Latinized form of Germanic name Ludwig, from Chlodovech, meaning "famous battle" or "famous in battle" from Germanic elements hlud (famous) and wig (war, battle). It could also be used the anglicized form of Lughaidh (Lugaid), derived from Lugh. Lewis is also a surname with two… Continue reading Lewis

Elements, Female, Fire, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, Irish mythology, L names, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Lassarina is the anglicized form of Lasairfhíona, an Irish female name meaning "flame wine" or "wine made from flames" made up from Irish lasair (flame) via Old Irish lasar (flame, fire) from Proto-Celtic *laxsarā; and Irish fíona, the genitive singular of fíon (wine) via Old Irish fín (wine) from Proto-Celtic *wīnom (wine) via Latin vīnum (wine) deriving from a PIE root word. Apparently, the fh in Irish is always silent. In Irish… Continue reading Lassarina

Elements, Fire, L names, Male, Mythology, Norse mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Loki is a prominent god in Norse mythlogy, a trickster god and shapeshifter. He is chained to a rock by the other gods after orchestrating the death of Baldr for all eternity until the advent of Ragnarok where he and another god, Heimdallr, kill each other in battle. He was the blood-brother of Odin and the father of Fenrir (a… Continue reading Loki

Greek mythology, L names, Male, Mythology, Names from Shakespeare's plays, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes


Laertes (pr. lay-er-tees) is an Ancient Greek male name meaning "gatherer of the people" made up from Ancient Greek elements lāós (people) and eírein (to fasten together; tie, join). In Greek mythology, Laertes is the father of Odysseus though some sources list Sisyphus as his father. In the Odyssey, Laertes has been grieving over his son's absence, keeping to himself on a… Continue reading Laertes

Animals, Bright/Clear, Color, L names, Light, Male, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, White, Wolf


Lucas is the Latin form of Greek Loukas meaning "from Lucania", the latter the name of an ancient region in southern Italy. Though the name is of uncertain meaning, Lucania could be related to Greek leukos “white”, “light, bright, shining”, a cognate of Latin lux “light”. It could also be derived from the Latin word lucus (a cognate of lucere “shining, bright”) meaning “sacred… Continue reading Lucas

Egyptian, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Near East mythology, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Lily is the name of a flower which comes from Latin lilia, the plural of lilium derived from Ancient Greek leirion meaning "lily" which seems to be borrowed from Coptic hlēri, hrere (flower) via Demotic hrrj (flower) from Egyptian hrrt (flower) which could possibly be derived from an eastern Mediterranean word. White lilies symbolize purity and love; it was associated with the goddesses Ishtar and Hera, which in… Continue reading Lily

Animals, L names, Lion, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Leonardis comes from an Italian surname which derives from Leonardo, the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of Leonard, an English name meaning "brave lion" made up from Germanic elements leon (lion) and hard (brave, hardy). Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Variants: Leonardi (Italian) Leonardo (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese) Leonard (English, Dutch, German, Ancient Germanic)  

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Place names, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Laura is the feminine form of Laurus, a Late Latin name meaning "laurel". It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laura

Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Gaelic, Gray, Hebrew, Honey, L names, Male, Moon, Nature, Nickname names, Norman French, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes


Laney originally derived as a nickname for names such as Elaine (which is an Old French form of Helen, the English form of Greek Helene  an Ancient Greek name of uncertain etymology though it’s been linked to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”). It could also be used as a nickname for any name with… Continue reading Laney