Lee

Origin: English, Chinese Meaning: an English surname from Old English lēah meaning “clearing” or “meadow”. It’s also a variant spelling of a Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese surname derived  from Chinese character Li (李) meaning “plum” or “plum tree”. Other meanings I’ve come across depending on the kanji are “black”; “reason” or “judge”; “chestnut”, “sharp”, “benefit”, “profit”…

Lada

Origin: Slavic; Georgian Meaning: it could mean “young girl” from Slavic mlada, or “bride” or “girl, maid”; the etymology is not clear. I’ve also seen the name listed as the feminine form of Lado, a Georgian masculine short form of Vladimer from Russian Vladimir meaning “famous ruler” or “peaceful ruler”. In Slavic mythology, Lada (also known as…

Lino

Origin: Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Galician Meaning: the Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Galician form of Greek Linus meaning “flax” Variants: Linus (Greek); Linos (Ancient Greek); Linas (Lithuanian)

Lacey

Origin: English, French Meaning: from a surname derived from a locational site, a village in France called Lassy. The name could be from a Gaulish name, Lascius, meaning unknown. Lacy is also an English word, the adjective of lace, referring to an ornamental fabric. Variants: Lacy, Laci, Lacie

Latham

Origin: English Meaning: a surname meaning “(place of or by) the barns” derived from Old Norse hlatha meaning “barn”.

Lucretia

Origin: Ancient Roman Meaning: feminine form of Lucretius, either from Latin lucrum meaning “profit, wealth” or Latin lucror meaning “to gain” or “to acquire”. Variants: Lucretius (m); Lucrezia is the Italian feminine form of the name while Lucrecè is the French unisex variant of the name.

Larissa, Larisa

Origin: Greek Лариса (Russian, Ukrainian) Larisa Λαρισα (Ancient Greek) Larisa Meaning: the name of an ancient city in Greece, the name most likely means “citadel” or “fortress”. Larissa is a nymph in Greek mythology. Lara is a short form of the name. Variants: Larysa (Ukrainian); Larisa is the version often used in Russia.

Linnet

Origin: French, English Meaning: a linnet is a type of finch, its name coming from Old French linnette meaning “flax” because linseed was one of its main foods. Linnet can also be a variant spelling of Lynette, itself a form of Luned from Eluned meaning “image, idol”.

Lassarina

Origin: Irish Meaning: an Anglicized form of Lasairfhiona, composed of elements lasair meaning “flame” and fion meaning “wine”, essentially meaning “flame of wine”. Lassarina is another name for the Irish goddess Lasair (whose name means flame). Part of a goddess triad (her sisters being Inghean Bhuidhe and Latiaran) who presided over the growing, ripening and harvesting of the crops….

Lestari

Origin: Indonesian, Javanese Meaning: a feminine name meaning “eternal, binding”

Lark, Larkspur, & Larkin

Origin: English, Irish Meaning: Lark is the name of a type of bird, as well as a word meaning “to have fun, to frolic”, “to behave mischievously, to play pranks”, “a source of or a quest for adventure or amusement”. Lark is also a nickname for a merry, cheerful person, as well as an occupational…

Leverett

Origin: English, French, Latin Meaning: a variant spelling of Leveret, which refers to a young hare in its first year of life. It comes from French levre, levere, which comes from Latin lepus or lepor.

Liora

Origin: Hebrew לִיאוֹרָה (Hebrew) Meaning: a strictly feminine form of Lior meaning “light for me”. Variants: Lior (unisex); Liorit (f) Though Leora is a variant spelling of the name it’s also a diminutive of Eleanor “the other Aenor”.

Lisianthus

Origin: Greek Meaning: composed from Greek elements lysis meaning “dissolution” and anthos meaning “flower” meaning “dissolution flower”. The lisianthus is also known by the common name of Eustoma meaning “good mouth” from Greek eu “good, beautiful, well) and stoma “mouth”. Lisiantha is the strictly feminine form of the name.

Lucasta

Origin: Latin, English Meaning: Created by the poet Richard Lovelace from Latin lux (light) and casta (pure) meaning “pure light”. Apparently he based the character on a woman he loved, Lucy Sacheverel.

Luciana

Origin: Latin Meaning: a feminine form of Latin Lucianus, from Roman praenomen Lucius meaning “light”. Variants: Luciano (m), Lucianus (m) Luciana is an alias Esmé Squalor uses in the 7th book (The Vile Village). Luciana can be pronounced as loo-CHAH-nah, loo-SYAH-nah, or loo-THYAH-nah.

Larry

  Origin: a diminutive of Laurence/Lawrence from Roman cognomen Laurentius meaning “from Laurentum/ Laurentium”, which most likely comes from laurus “laurel” or lauretum “laurel grove”. Larry appears in the third book in the series (The Wide Window), a minor character who appears as a waiter.

Lester

Origin: English Meaning: There are two possible origins to the name. The first is that it could be a variant of litster, a Middle English word meaning “to dye” or “dye”, referring to a textile dyer. Lester is also derived from the name of a city, Leicester; the first part of the name comes from the name…

Lalita

Origin: Indian Lalita ( ललिता ); Lalit ( ललित ) Meaning: playful, charming, desirable Variants: Lalit is the masculine form of Lalita

Louisa

Origin: German Meaning: feminine form of Louis, from Germanic Ludwig meaning “famous war/battle” Variants: Luisa (Italian, Spanish)