Lalage

Lalage is an Ancient Greek female name meaning “to prattle, babble” from lalageo (to prattle). Nicknames: Lallie, Lally, Lala Origin: Ancient Greek    

Loretta

Loretta is a female given name, a variant spelling of Lauretta, an Italian diminutive of Laura, 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. Loretta could also possibly be a variant of Lora. The laurel…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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)…

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…