Female, L names, Nature, Place names

Lourdes

Lourdes is a Spanish female name which comes from the name of a town in France. It's a site of pilgrimage for Catholics due to the claims of a 14 year-old peasant girl having seen apparitions of the Virgin Mary. The origin of the name seems uncertain. Apparently the town was named after a Moorish leader… Continue reading Lourdes

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

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… Continue reading Loretta

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

Ancient Greek, Etruscan, L names, Male, Nature, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Lars

Lars is the Scandinavian form of Laurence, the English form of 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 source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Lars is also a surname… Continue reading Lars

B names, Brown, Chestnut, Color, Earth, Female, Iberian, Kin/Family, Male, Nature, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Red/Crimson, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Water, Word names

Bay

Bay is an English word with several possible meanings: it refers to an area of water bordered by land on three sides. It comes from French baie via Late Latin baia of uncertain origin though possibly derived from an Iberian origin, bahia;  Bay also refers to a reddish-brown color which comes from Latin badius (chestnut-brown) derived from PIE *badyo- (yellow,… Continue reading Bay

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

Larry

Larry originated as a diminutive of Laurence/Lawrence which derives 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 source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Larrie (English)… Continue reading Larry

Ancient Greek, Female, Greek mythology, L names, Mythology, Nature, Virtues/Attributes

Lorinda

Lorinda is an English female name, an elaborated form of Lora, a variant spelling 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. The laurel tree, in the language of flowers,  means ambition… Continue reading Lorinda

Ancient Greek, Animals, Apple/Apple tree, Black/Dark, Color, Female, Food, Greek mythology, Honey, M names, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Sheep, Virtues/Attributes, Word names

Melora

Melora is a female given name of uncertain origin and meaning though there are several possible theories to its origin: it could be a variant of Meliora, itself a plural form of melior, a Latin word meaning "better" which derives from PIE root word *mel- (strong, better); Melora may also be related to Latin mel or Ancient Greek méli, both meaning "honey"… Continue reading Melora

Ancient Greek, L names, Male, Nature, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes

Lawson

Lawson comes from an English surname meaning "son of Laurence", Laurence being 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 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… Continue reading Lawson

Ancient Greek, Female, Gaelic, L names, Male, Nature, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes

Larkin

Larkin originated as a medieval diminutive of Laurence, 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” (Laurence is also a French female name). It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due… Continue reading Larkin