Female, L names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex

Lindsey

Lindsey is a varint spelling of Lindsay, an English unisex name which originated as an English and Scottish surname derived from a region in Lincolnshire, England. It means "Lincoln's island" from Old English. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Male forms: Lindsay (English, Scottish)   Female forms: Lindsey (English, Scottish) Linsey (English) Lyndsay (English) Lyndsey (English) Lynsey (English) Lindsie (English) Linsay… Continue reading Lindsey

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Animals, L names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Lyle

Lyle is an English surname derived from Norman French l'isle meaning "the island", a topographical name for someone who lived or came from an island. It could also be derived as a habitional name for someone who came from a city in France called Lille, also derived from the source above. It comes from Latin insula (island), a word of… Continue reading Lyle

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

Loris

Loris is the Italian diminutive of Lorenzo, the Italian and Spanish form of Latin Laurentius derived from a Roman cognomen meaning “from Laurentum”, Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus meaning “laurel”. Loris has also been used as a femle name in English, likely for its similarity to names like Laura and Lora. Loris is also the… Continue reading Loris

L names, Male, Place names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names

Landon

Landon comes from an English surname derived from a place name meaning "long hill" composed from English elements lang (long) which comes from Proto-Germanic *langaz (long) derived from PIE *dl̥h₁gʰós (long); and dun (hill) which is also derived from a PIE root word. Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Landen (English) Langdon (English)  

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Lamont

Lamont comes from a Scottish surname which derives from Old Norse given name Logmaðr meaning "law man" made up from Old Norse log, the plural of lag (law) derived from Old Norse leggja (to lay, to put, to place) from Proto-Germanic *lagjaną (to lay, place) derived from a PIE root word; and maðr (man) which also derives from a PIE root word. Lamont may also have… Continue reading Lamont

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Luke

Luke is 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”.… Continue reading Luke

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Linken

Linken is a variant spelling of Lincoln, a surname derived from a place name. It comes from Brythonic *lindo meaning "pool, lake" combined with Latin colonia "colony" from colōnus (farmer; colonist) derived from PIE *kʷel- (to move; to turn around). Linken is also a German word meaning "left". It also seems to be a Norwegian female name, a diminutive of Line which is a short form… Continue reading Linken

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Lysander

Lysander is the Latinized form of Ancient Greek Lysandros meaning "releasing man" or "freeing man", from Ancient Greek elements lysis (releasing, loosening, freeing) from lū́ō (to loose, loosen, to untie) from PIE *lewH- (to loosen, divide, cut apart); and andros (man), a genitive form of aner (man) which derives from PIE *h₂nḗr (man; power, force, vital energy). Lysander is the name of a character in Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's… Continue reading Lysander

Female, Gaelic, L names, Male, Nature, Surname names, Unisex

Leslie

Leslie is a unisex given name derived from a Scottish surname via a place name, Lesslyn, a name of uncertain origin though it may derive from Gaelic leas celyn meaning "holly garden" or "place of the holly trees". Origin: Gaelic Variants: Lesley (English) Lesly (English) Lesleigh (English)  

Ancient Greek, Animals, Black/Dark, Color, Gaulish/Celtic mythology, L names, Lion, Male, Mythology, Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes, Welsh

Llewellyn

Llewelyn comes from Welsh Llywelyn, a name of uncertain meaning though it could be the Welsh form of Celtic Lugubelenus, a combination of two names: Lugus and Belenus; Lugus is a Celtic god of commerce and craftsmanship who was equated with the Roman god Mercury. Though the exact origin of his name is unknown, it has been linked to Proto-Indo-European… Continue reading Llewellyn

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Laurence

Laurence is an English male name deriving from Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning "from Laurentum", Laurentum being an ancient city in Italy most likely derived from Latin laurus meaning "laurel"; it's also a French female name also deriving from Laurentius. It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to… Continue reading Laurence

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Laurel

Laurel is the name of a tree 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. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in… Continue reading Laurel

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Leland

Leland comes from an English surname deriving from a place name in England meaning "fallow land" or "untilled land" from Old English læge (fallow, untilled) and land (land) which comes from Proto-Germanic *landą (land) deriving from Proto-Indo-European *lendh- (2) (land, heath). Leland is also a surname deriving from the given name, though it's also a shortened form of McClellan or McLelland, both an anglicized form of… Continue reading Leland

Animals, Battle/War, L names, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Virtues/Attributes, Wolf

Ludo

Ludo is a short form of names beginning with ludo such as Ludovicus, an Ancient Germanic name meaning "famous battle" or "famous war" made up from Germanic elements hlud (famous) and wig (war, battle); or Ludolf, another Ancient Germanic name meaning "famous wolf". Ludo comes from Germanic element hlud (famous, loud) from Proto-Germanic *hlūdaz (loud, famous) via Proto-Indo-European root word *ḱlew- (to hear). Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Ludovicus (Latinized… Continue reading Ludo

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Lane

Lane comes from an English surname meaning "lane, path", originally used to refer to someone who lived near a lane as well as being an English word referring to a narrow path or passageway between walls, hedges, or fences. It comes from Old English lane, lanu meaning "lane, street" from Proto-Germanic *lanō perhaps derived from a Proto-Indo-European root. Lane… Continue reading Lane

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Leopold

Leopold is made up from Ancient Germanic elements leud (people) and bald (bold) meaning "bold people", likely referring to a tribe or nation of strong or fearless people, though the first part of the name has also been associated with Latin leo (lion). Leopold is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Leo, Poldi (German nickname) Origin: Ancient Germanic Variants:… Continue reading Leopold