Leili is a variant form of Leila, an Arabic female name meaning “night” as well as being the Estonian form of the name.
- Leila (Arabic, Persian, English, Georgian)
- Layla (Arabic, English)
- Laila (Arabic, English)
- Leyla (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, English)
- Lejla (Bosnian)
- Leilah (English)
- Lyla (English)
- Lila (English)
Luce (pr. loo-che in Italian; loos/ luys in French) is the Italian and French form of Lucia, itself the feminine form of Lucius meaning “light” from Latin lux from the Proto-Indo-European word *lewk- (white; light; bright). It was an Ancient Roman given name that was very popular during its time. Luce is also the Italian word for light. Although generally a female name it has had usage as a male name as well. Luce is also a surname derived from the given name.
- Lucia (Italian, German, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Romanian, Slovak, Ancient Roman)
- Lucie (French, Czech, English)
- Lucette (French diminutive of Luce)
- Lucetta (English)
- Lucilla (Italian, Ancient Roman diminutive of Lucia)
- Lucila (Spanish)
- Llúcia (Catalan)
- Luca (Hungarian, Croatian)
- Lucija (Slovene, Croatian)
- Luus (Limburgish, Dutch)
- Lucinda (English, Portuguese, Spanish)
- Lucile (French, English)
- Lucille (French, English)
- Luzia (German, Portuguese)
- Lūcija (Latvian)
- Liucija (Lithuanian)
- Łucja (Polish)
- Lucja (Polish)
- Lúcia (Portuguese)
- Liùsaidh (Scottish)
- Lucía (Spanish)
- Lleucu (Welsh)
- Lucio (Italian, Spanish)
- Lucius (Ancient Roman, English)
- Loukios (Ancient Roman)
- Lucjusz (Polish)
- Lúcio (Portuguese)
Lanakila is a Hawaiian unisex name and word meaning “victory”.
Locke comes from a surname of several origins and meanings such as:
- an English, Dutch, and German surname derived from a place name called Lock, referring to someone who lived near an enclosure or a barrier on a river such as a bridge which could be open and closed at will;
- it could also be an occupational surname used to refer to a locksmith or a lock-keeper from Old English loc meaning “fastening, lock”;
- Locke could also have come about as a nickname for someone with curly hair from Old English locc via Proto-Germanic *luka (to bend; turn);
- I’ve also seen it listed as a romanization of Lok, which is the Cantonese pronunciation of Chinese surname Luo meaning “white horse; camel” with the character 駱 or 骆;
- it might also be an anglicized form of Gaelic surname O’Lochlainn meaning “son of Lochlainn”, Lochlainn being the Irish form of Lachlan, originally a Scottish nickname used to refer to someone who was from Norway; Lochlainn means “land of the lochs”.
Locke also connotes the idea of closing or fastening something shut, as well as referring to a lock of hair.
Origin: Proto-Germanic, Chinese
- Lock (English)
- Lokk (English)
- Lok (Cantonese, English)
Lubna is an Arabic female name meaning “storax (tree)” in Arabic, storax being a type of tree from which a liquid balsam could be obtained from it, used in perfumes and medicine. There’s a 7th century Arabic love story of Qays and Lubna. They grew up in the same tribe and Qays loved Lubna but her father refused to allow him to marry her and she was soon married off to another man. Qays grew crazy with his unobtainable love and he left his tribe and began wandering around in the desert, reciting poetry to himself or writing poetry in the sand with a stick. Lubna died of an illness soon after her marriage and he was later found dead at the grave of an unknown woman where he had graved three verses of poetry on a nearby rock. There are other versions of the story.
Libelle is the German and Dutch word for “dragonfly” as well as the French word (spelled libellé) meaning “wording”; it was used to refer to a type of political pamphlet or book in which it attacked important figures using slander, whether they were real or not, which is where the English word libel comes form. Libelle derive from Latin libellus, a diminutive of liber (book) so essentially meaning “little book”.
Origin: German, Dutch, Latin
Lavinia is the name of the second wife of Aeneas in Roman mythology, the daughter of King Latinus and the namesake of the town Lavinium though it might be the other way around, that she derived her name from the town. The etymology behind the name is unknown, most likely an Etruscan name whose meaning was lost to time. In Titus Andronicus (1588-1593) Lavinia is the daughter of Titus Andronicus who is raped, has her tongue and hands cut off, and is later killed by her father.
Origin: Latin, Etruscan
- Lavínia (Portuguese, Catalan)
Lucky is an English word referring to something or someone having or is marked by good luck or someone or something that is fortunate, and often used as a nickname for someone who is lucky though it could also be used as a given name. Lucky is also a surname derived from the given name Luke/Lucas, the English form of Greek Loukas meaning “from Lucania”, the name of a 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 wood” or Greek lykos meaning “wolf”.
Origin: Greek, Latin
Lyonesse is the name of a country in Arthurian legend bordering Cornwall, the home of Tristan whose father was its king, as well as also being the site of the final battle between King Arthur and Mordred. It was said to have sunk beneath the waters. It’s also the name of an Arthurian character, Lyonesse, the sister of Lynette, in the story of Gareth and Lynette. Lyonesse does sound like a variant spelling of Lioness, the name of a female lion, though I’ve also seen it listed as being the English form of French of Léoneis or Léonois, the French form of Lodonesia which is the Latin name for Lothian, a region in Scotland. The etymology of Lothian is unknown.
Lilith comes from Akkadian lilitu or lilatu meaning “night”, which seems to have been used to refer to a type of female demon in Assyrian and Sumerian myth known as lilitu or lili (a male demon would be lilu) who sedeuce and sleep with humans. According to Jewish tradition, Lilith is the first woman ever created, Adam’s first wife, before she was thrown out of Eden and replaced with Eve because she refused to submit to Adam; apparently she became the first demon. The name comes Hebrew and Arabic lail also meaning “night”. Another possible meaning is that it comes from Sumerian lil meaning “air”.
Origin: Akkadian, Sumerian, Hebrew, Arabic
- Lilit (Armenian,
- Lilitu (Akkadian, Sumerian)
- Lilita (Latvian)