African, Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, Elements, Female, Hebrew, Kin/Family, L names, Mythology, Nature, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Sky/Heavens, Sun, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names, Zulu

Liana

Liana is the name of a type of long-stemmed wooded vines that grows in the jungle, derived from Middle French lien (to bind) via Latin ligo (to bind) which derives from PIE root word *leyǵ- (to bind, tie). Liana is also derived as a short form of names ending in -liana such as Eliana (a possibly a variant of Aeliana, the feminine form… Continue reading Liana

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Ancient Greek, Arthurian legends & myths, Female, Greek mythology, Hawaiian, L names, Moon, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Sky/Heavens, Virtues/Attributes

Lalaine

Lalaine seems to be a Filipino female name, perhaps a combination of prefix la- and given name 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”. There are several characters in Arthurian legend… Continue reading Lalaine

Female, Gaulish, L names, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Seasons, Virtues/Attributes

Laverna

Laverna is the name of a goddess of thieves and the underworld in Roman mythology. It's possible she may have originally been an Etruscan goddess. There's no clear etymology behind her name (if she really was originally an Etruscan goddess than it's possible that her name may be from an Etruscan source long lost)  though… Continue reading Laverna

Ancient Greek, Female, L names, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Surname names, Unisex

Loren

Loren is an English unisex name, either a variant spelling of Lauren, which is the feminine form of Laurence, or as a shortened form of Laurence, derived from 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… Continue reading Loren

Female, Hebrew, L names, Nature, Nickname names, Virtues/Attributes

Lillian

Lillian is a female given name which may have originally come about as one of the numerous nicknames for Elizabeth which derives from Hebrew meaning “my God is an oath” or “my God is abundance”, although it’s also likely that it could be related as another form of Lily.  Interestingly enough, Lilian is a French male name with Liliane its feminine… Continue reading Lillian

Ancient Greek, Breton, Female, L names, Moon, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Leonora

Bright/Clear, Color, Female, L names, Light, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

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)… Continue reading Leocadia

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nickname names, Physical Attributes, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Lidda

Animals, Arthurian legends & myths, Birds, Elements, Female, Gaelic, L names, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Welsh, Welsh mythology

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… Continue reading Linnet

Bright/Clear, Color, Female, L names, Light, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, White

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)  … Continue reading Luciana