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” or “interest”; “strict” or “severe”.

As a Chinese unisex given name, it means “reason, logic” (理);  “stand, establish” (立); “black, dawn” (黎); “power, capability, influence” (力) which is usually masculine; and “beautiful” (丽) usually used for females. Of course there are other possible meanings depending on different kanji.

Variants: Li (Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese surname); Leigh (English)

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 Lado) is the goddess of love, beauty and marriage, often associated with the other goddesses Freya, Isis and Aphrodite. She’s depicted as a young woman with long golden hair with ears of grain braided in it to represent fertility. Lada is also associated with the summer season and her animals are a cock, a deer, an ant and an eagle, and plants associated with her are a cherry, a dandelion, a linden, and a peony.

However, since Slavic mythology had not been written down in the past, much of the folklore was lost and it’s believed that Lada had never existed in the first place but had been created out of the mistaken belief that the terms used in folk songs (Lada & Lado) were referring to a god/goddess.

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.

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. Lasair is the goddess of spring budding, Inghean Bhuidhe representing the growing and ripening of the crops, and the youngest Latiaran representing the harvesting of the crop. Lasair is described as having long black hair, wears a silver crown with silver jewelry and armbands, and lived in a red castle with an orchard. The god Flann brought her the Rose of Sweetness which never withers, the Comb of Magnificence, and the Girdle of Truth.

Variants: Lassarina, Lasairfhiona

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 name for someone who hunted larks and sold them for food.

Larkspur is the more popular name of the genus delphiniums and can symbolize airiness, levity and fickleness in the language of flowers.

Larkin is a medieval diminutive of Laurence meaning “from Laurentum”. It could also be an Anglicized form of Irish Lorcan meaning “little fierce one”.

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.

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.

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 of a river, Ligore, combined with Old English ceaster meaning “Roman fort” from Latin castra “camp”. The first part of the name is a little tricky though Ligore most likely came from the name of a tribe living around the area, possibly meaning “dwellers on the river Legra”

Variants: Lestor