Leonora

Leonora is the Italian form of Eleanor, the Old French form of Occitan Aliénor which could mean “the other Aenor” from Latin alia meaning “another” and the given name Aenor, possibly a Germanic name of unknown meaning, though it’s been linked to Adenorde or Adenor, made up of Germanic elements adal (noble) and nord (north), or even as a contracted form of Azenor, a Breton name of uncertain meaning and etymology…

Leocadia

Leocadia seems to be a variant of Leucadia, the name of a Greek island in the Ionian Sea (also known as Lefkada, Lefkas, and Leukas) which may be derived from Ancient Greek leukos meaning “bright, shining, light, white” derived from PIE root word *lewk (bright; light; white). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Leokadia (Polish) Leocádia (Portuguese) Leucadia (Latin) Leukadia (Latinized Ancient Greek) Léocadie (French)…

Lars

Lars is the Scandinavian form of Laurence, the English form of Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning “from Laurentum”, Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus 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. Lars is also a surname…

Lazarus

Lazarus is the Latinized form of Lazaros, the Greek form of Eleazar, a Hebrew male name meaning “God has helped”. Lazarus is also a surname originating from the given name. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Lazaros (Greek, Biblical Greek) Eleazar (Hebrew, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek) ‘El’azar (Biblical Hebrew) Lazar (Bulgarian, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian) Lazare (French) Elazar (Hebrew) Lázár…

Lidda

Lidda seems to be a variant form or a diminutive of Lydia, a Greek female name derived from the name of an ancient kingdom in Asia Minor, used to refer to someone who came from there. It was apparently named after a king, Lydus or Ludos, whose name might mean “beautiful one” or “noble one”. Another possible meaning is that…

Linnet

Linnet is the name of a small bird, a type of finch. The name comes from Old French linette, a diminutive of lin meaning “flax” via Latin linum (flax; linen cloth) which seems to be derived from a PIE root word though it may also be possible that it derives from a non Indo-European source, perhaps from a Mediterranean…

Luciana

Luciana is the feminine form of Lucianus, an Ancient Roman cognomen derived from the Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light” from Latin lux (light) derived from a PIE root word *lewk– (light, bright; white). Luciana has various pronunciations depending on the region it’s from: loo-CHAH-nah (Italian), loo-SYAH-nah (Latin American Spanish) or loo-THYAH-nah (European Spanish). Nicknames: Lucy/Lucie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Luciána (Hungarian, Slovak) Lucienne (French)  …

Levi

Levi is a Hebrew male name possibly meaning “joined, attached”, possibly named so  by his mother Leah in the hopes that it would bring her and her husband Jacob closer together. In the Old Testament, Levi is the third born son of Leah and Jacob and the founder of the Tribe of Levi. Levi is also a Jewish surname originating from…

Lionel

Lionel originated as a diminutive of French Léon meaning “lion” derived from Ancient Greek leon (lion). In Arthurian legend, Lionel is also the name of a knight of the Round Table, a double cousin of Lancelot. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Léonel (French) Lionello (Italian)   Female forms: Lionella (Italian)