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)  …

Liora

Liora is a Hebrew female name, the feminine form of Lior (which is a unisex name) meaning “light for me” or “my light”. Origin: Hebrew Variants: Leora (English, Hebrew)- although this could be a variant spelling of Liora, it’s also been used as a contracted form of Leonora, the Italian form of Eleanor Lior (Hebrew) Liorit (Hebrew)  …

Lucasta

Lucasta was first used by English poet Richard Lovelace for a poem he wrote to a woman he loved, Lucy Sacheverel. Its seems to be a contraction of Lux Casta meaning “pure light” or “chaste light”. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Lukasta (English)  

Lada

Lada is the name of a Slavic fertility goddess of love, beauty and marriage, often associated with the other goddesses Freya, Isis and Aphrodite. She’s depicted as a young woman with long golden hair with ears of grain braided in it to represent fertility. Lada is also associated with the summer season and her animals are…

Leandra

Leandra is the feminine form of Leander, the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Leandros  meaning “lion of a man” or “lion man”. In Greek mythology, Leander was a young man who was in love with Hero, a priestess of Aphrodite, though they both lived on opposite sides of the Hellespont. Every night, Leander would swim across the water guided…

Larissa

Larissa is 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 as well). Apparently the city received its name from a Greek nymph named Larissa, and which means “stronghold”, “citadel”, or “fortress”. I’ve also seen other sites…

Lee

Lee comes from an English surname, a locational name which comes from Old English lēah meaning “clearing; woodland”. Lee is also a variant transcription of Li, a Chinese unisex name with various meanings depending on the characters used such as: 理 “reason, logic”; 立 “stand, establish”; 黎 “black, dark”; 力 “force, power, capability, strength”; *usually masculine; 丽 “beautiful, pretty”. Of course there…

Lionella

Lionella is the feminine form of Lionello, the Italian form of Lionel meaning “little lion”, Lionel being a French diminutive of Léon which comes from Greek leon meaning “lion”. Origin: Ancient Greek Male forms: Lionello (Italian) Lionel (French, English) Léonel (French)