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LAAKKONEN     Finnish
Variant of LAAKSONEN.
LAAKSONEN     Finnish
Derived from Finnish laakso "valley".
LABELLE     French
Means "fair, good-looking" in French.
LABERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LABRIOLA     Italian
Originally indicated a person from the town of Abriola in southern Italy.
LACEY     English
Variant of LACY.
LACHANCE     French
Means "chance, luck" in French.
Means "the chapel" in French. It was most likely used to denote a person who lived by a church or a chapel.
LÀCONI     Italian
Sardinian surname from a name of the town Làconi near the city of Nuoro.
LACY     English
Derived from Lassy, the name of a town in Normandy. The name of the town was Gaulish in origin, perhaps deriving from a personal name which was Latinized as Lascius.
LAFRENTZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LAFRENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LAGANÀ     Italian
Derived from Greek dialects that are spoken in southern Italy, namely in Calabria. It is an occupational surname meaning "greengrocer" (ortolano in Italian). Surnames derived from Greek dialects often end with an accent on final the a, o or i.
LAGER     Swedish
Means "laurel" in Swedish.
Locative surname of Genoa and surroundings derived from the place name Lagomarsino (near Genoa).
LAGORIO     Italian
From a nickname meaning "green-lizard". This little reptile is respected because it supposedly protects against vipers. The surname is typical of the Genoa region.
LAGOUNOV     Russian
Variant transcription of LAGUNOV.
LAGUARDIA     Italian
Originally an occupational surname meaning "sentry" or "sentinel". It also had a locative meaning "watchtower". Fiorello Laguardia (1882-1947) was the first mayor of New York of Italian origin.
LAGUNOV     Russian
Patronymic name derived from Russian lagun "water barrel". It was most likely used to denote the descendants of a person who made water barrels.
LAHTI     Finnish
Means "bay, cove" in Finnish.
LAKATOS     Hungarian
Means "locksmith" in Hungarian.
LAM     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of LIN.
LAMA     Italian
Derived from the name place Lama, quite common around Italy.
LAMAR     French, English
Originally from a place name in Normandy, which was derived from Old French la mare meaning "the pool".
LAMBERT     French
Derived from the given name LAMBERT.
LAMBERTI     Italian
Derived from the given name LAMBERTO.
LAMON     Italian
Locative surname from the name of a village near the city of Belluno. This surname is from the area of Venice.
LANDAU     German, Jewish
Derived from the German town of Landau, which meant "land valley".
LANDI     Italian
Derived from the given name LANDO.
LANDO     Italian
Derived from the given name LANDO.
LANDOLFI     Italian
From the old Germanic given name Lanawulfa.
LANDON     English
Variant of LANGDON.
LANDVIK     Norwegian
Means "land and bay" in Norwegian.
LANE (1)     English
Originally designated one who lived by a lane, a narrow way between fences or hedges, later used of any narrow pathway, including one between houses in a town.
LANE (2)     French
Derived from a French word meaning "wool", designating one who worked in the wool trade.
LANE (3)     Irish
From Irish Ó Luain meaning "descendant of Luan", a given name meaning "warrior".
LÅNG     Swedish
Swedish cognate of LONG.
LANG     German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
From the name of a small town in the province of Utrecht, Holland. In this context lang means "wide" and broek means "meadow". This surname was given to people living in Langbroek.
LANGDON     English
Derived from an Old English place name meaning "long hill" (effectively meaning "ridge").
LANGE     German, Danish, Norwegian
German, Danish and Norwegian cognate of LONG.
LANGENBERG     German, Swedish
Means "long mountain" in German.
LANGER     German, Jewish
German cognate of LONG.
LANGLAIS     French
Means "the Englishman" in French.
LANGLEY (1)     English
From any of the various places with this name, all derived from Old English lang "long" and leah "woodland, clearing".
LANGLEY (2)     American
Americanized spelling of LANGLAIS.
LANGLOIS     French
Variant of LANGLAIS.
LANIK     Czech
Derived from Czech lan, a measure of land equal to approximately 18 hectares. The name loosely translates as "farmer" and thus is considered a Moravian cognate of SEDLAK.
LANINGA     Frisian
Frisian for "of the land", or "from the land". It could be understood as "works the land".
LANNON     Irish
Variant of LENNON.
LANTOS     Hungarian
Means "minstrel, bard" from the Hungarian word lant "lyre".
LAPOINTE     French
Means "point of a lance" in French. The name was originally a nickname for a soldier.
LARENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LARSEN     Danish
Means "son of LARS".
LARSON     English
Means "son of Lar", where Lar is a medieval diminutive of LAURENCE (1).
LARSSON     Swedish
Means "son of LARS".
LARUE     French
Literally means "the street" in French.
LÁSKA     Czech, Slovak
Means "love" in Czech and Slovak.
LÁSZLÓ     Hungarian
Derived from the given name LÁSZLÓ.
LATERZA     Italian
Typical of southern Italy: it comes from the place name Laterza, a town near Taranto in the Puglia region.
LAU     Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of LIU.
LAUKKANEN     Finnish
Finnish surname which means "he who gallops, takes big steps".
LAURENT     French
From the given name LAURENT.
LAURENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LAURITO     Italian
From the name of the town Laurito, near Salerno in the area of Naples.
LAURITSEN     Danish
Means "son of LAURITS".
LAURITZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LAUWENS     Dutch
Means "son of LAWRENCE". It is rather rare in mainly Flanders, Belgium, and often families were either spelled Lauwens or Lauwers (a bit more common) in the Duchy of Flanders and the Duchy of Brabant (14th century and further). These former regions nowadays are part of Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. In some occasions, the name can be found in the former Burgundy, and thus includes the contemporary Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and part of Germany.
LAUWERS     Dutch
Variant of LAUWENS.
LAVIGNE     French
Means "the vineyard" in French. The name referred to a person who lived close to a vineyard, or was from the town of Lavigny.
LAVOIE     French
Derived from French voie "road". The name started as a nickname for someone who lived close to a road.
LAW     English
Derived from old English hlaw "hill".
LAWERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LAWNICZAK     Polish
Means "juror" from Polish lawnik.
LAWRENCE     English
Derived from the given name LAURENCE (1). Famous bearers include revolutionary T. E. Lawrence (1888-1935) and author D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930).
LAWRENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LAWSON     English
Means "son of LAURENCE (1)".
LAYTON     English
Derived from a place name meaning "settlement with a leek garden" in Old English.
LÁZÁR     Hungarian
From the given name LÁZÁR.
LAZAROV     Bulgarian
Means "son of LAZAR".
LAZZARI     Italian
Means "son of LAZZARO".
Vietnamese form of LI (2), from Sino-Vietnamese ().
LEACH     English
Originally indicated a person who was a physician. It comes from the medieval practice of using leeches to bleed people of ills.
LEANDRES     French
Derived from LÉANDRE.
LEARY     Irish
Variant of O'LEARY.
LEAVITT     English
From Livet, a region in Normandy, France. Vikings conquered the area and a particular family had taken up the name by the time of the Battle of Hastings 1066, when William the Conqueror invaded England.
LEBEAU     French
Means "the handsome one" from French le "the" and beau "beautiful, handsome".
LEBLANC     French
Means "the white", from French blanc "white". The name referred to a person who was pale or whose hair was blond.
LECCE     Italian
Originally indicated a person from Lecce, Italy.
LECCESE     Italian
Originally indicated a person from Lecce, Italy.
LECLAIR     French
Derived from either the French word clair "bright" or the given name CLAIR.
LECLERC     French
Means "clerk" in French.
LÉCUYER     French
Literally means "the shield-bearer" in French. The name was used to denote an esquire (a person of the nobility one rank below a knight).
LEDFORD     English
Means "path leading across a ford" from Old English lædan, Middle English leden "to lead" and ford, a shallow area in a stream that may be crossed by wading.
LEE (1)     English
Originally given to a person who lived on or near a leah, Old English meaning "woodland, clearing".
LEE (2)     Korean, Chinese
Korean form of LI (1), from Sino-Korean (i). It is also a variant Chinese romanization of LI (1).
Means "lion's corner" in Dutch. The first bearer of this name lived on the corner (Dutch hoek) of the Lion's Gate (Dutch Leeuwenpoort) in the city of Delft.
LEFEBVRE     French
Variant of LEFÈVRE, the spelling most likely influenced by the Latin word faber "craftsman".
LEFÈVRE     French
Occupational name meaning "smith".
LEFURGEY     French
From French forger meaning "to forge". This was an occupational last name taken by blacksmiths, equivalent to the English Smith.
LEGGIÈRI     Italian
Sicilian surname indicating a "light" person, not serious, superficial.
LEGRAND     French
Means "the tall, the large" in French.
LEHMANN     German
From Middle High German lehenman "vassal, liege man".
LEHRER     German, Jewish
German surname meaning "teacher".
LEHTONEN     Finnish
Derived from Finnish lehto meaning "grove".
LEIFSSON     Icelandic, Swedish
Means "son of LEIF".
LEIGH     English
Variant of LEE (1).
LEIGHTON     English
Variant of LAYTON.
LEITNER     German
Referred to one who dwells on the hillside; one who came from the Leite "slope". This is the name of several places in Germany.
LEITZ     German
Derived from the archaic given name Leutz, a form of LUTZ.
LEITZKE     German
Derived from either Leitzkau, a town close to Magdeburg, Germany, or from LEITZ.
LEMAIRE     French
Means "the mayor" in French. It was a title given to a town official, or else a nickname for someone who was pompous and officious.
LÉMIEUX     French
Derived from the place name Leymieux, a town in the Rhône-Alpes region of France.
LÈMMI     Italian
From the given name GUGLIELMO. It is typical of Tuscany.
LENGYEL     Hungarian
Means "Polish" in Hungarian.
LENNON     Irish
Anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Leannáin, which means "descendant of Leannán". The given name Leannán means "lover". The name was borne by the musician John Lennon (1940-1980).
LENNOX     Scottish
From the name of a district in Scotland, called Leamhnachd in Gaelic, possibly meaning "place of elms".
LENOX     Scottish
Variant of LENNOX.
LENZ     German
Means "springtime" in German, from a nickname.
LEON     French, English
Variant of LYON (1) or LYON (2).
LEONARD     English
Derived from the given name LEONARD.
LEONARDSEN     Norwegian
Norwegian form of LEONARDSON.
LEONARDSON     English
Means "son of LEONARD".
Swedish form of LEONARDSON.
LEONE     Italian
Derived from the given name LEONE (1).
LEONI     Italian
Variant of LEONE.
LEROY     French
Means "the king" in French. It referred to one connected in some way with a king's household or one who played the part of a king in a pageant or a play.
LESAUVAGE     French
French variant of SAVAGE.
LESLEY     Scottish
Variant of LESLIE.
LESLIE     Scottish
From a Scottish place name, probably derived from Gaelic leas celyn meaning "garden of holly".
LESTER     Scottish
Variant of LISTER.
LESTRANGE     French
Derived from old French estrange "foreign".
LÉVÊQUE     French
Variant of LÉVESQUE.
LEVERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LÉVESQUE     French
Derived from French évêque meaning "bishop", ultimately derived from Greek episkopos "overseer".
LEVI     Jewish
From the given name LEVI.
LEVINE     Jewish
Derived from the given name LEVI.
LEVITT     English
Variant of LEAVITT.
LEWERENTZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LEWERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LEWIN     English
Derived from the given name LEOFWINE.
LEWIS (1)     English
Derived from the given name LEWIS. The author C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a bearer of this surname.
LEWIS (2)     Welsh
Anglicized form of LLYWELYN.
LEYTON     English
Variant of LAYTON.
LI (1)     Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "plum, plum tree". This was the surname of Chinese emperors of the Tang dynasty.
LI (2)     Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "black".
LIAO     Chinese
From Chinese (liào) which refers to the ancient state of Liao, which was located in present-day Henan province.
From Low German licht "light" and berg "hill".
LIEBERENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LIEPIŅŠ     Latvian
From Latvian liepa meaning "lime tree".
LIM     Taiwanese
Min Nan romanization of LIN.
LIN     Chinese
From Chinese (lín) meaning "forest".
LINCOLN     English
Originally indicated that the bearer was from the English city of Lincoln, called Lindum Colonia by the Romans, derived from Brythonic lindo "lake, pool" and Latin colonia "colony". A famous bearer was Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), president of the United States during the American Civil War.
LINDBERG     Swedish
From Swedish lind "lime tree" and berg "mountain".
LINDEN     German
Derived from German linde meaning "lime tree".
LINDGREN     Swedish
Means "branch of a lime tree" from Swedish lind "lime tree" and gren "branch". A famous bearer of this name was Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002).
LINDHOLM     Swedish
From Swedish lind "lime tree, linden" and holme "islet".
LINDON     English
Variant of LYNDON.
LINDQUIST     Swedish
Derived from the Swedish words lind "linden tree" and qvist "twig, branch".
LINDSAY     English, Scottish
From the region of Lindsey in Lincolnshire, which means "LINCOLN island" in Old English.
LINDSEY     English, Scottish
Variant of LINDSAY.
LINDSTRÖM     Swedish
Means "linden stream", and is derived from the swedish words lind meaning "linden (lime) tree", and ström which means "stream".
LINNA     Finnish
Means "castle". A famous namesake in Finland is Väinö Linna (1920-1992), author of 'The Unknown Soldier'.
LINTON     English
Originally from place names meaning either "flax town" or "lime tree town" in Old English.
LINVILLE     French
Refers to one who came from Linivilla, meaning "Lennius's estate", now Ninville, in France.
LINWOOD     English
Originally derived from a place name meaning "stream forest" in Old English.
LIPPI     Italian
From the given name FILIPPO. It is common in the area of Florence.
LIS     Polish
Means "fox" in Polish. It is a nickname for a sly person.
LISTER     Scottish
Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac an Fleisdeir meaning "son of the arrow maker".
LITHGOW     Scottish
Habitation name meaning "pool, damp, hollow". A famous bearer of this name is actor John Lithgow (1945-).
LITTLE     English
Derived from a nickname given to a short person.
LIU     Chinese
From Chinese (liú) meaning "kill, destroy". This was the surname of Chinese emperors of the Han dynasty.
LJUNG     Swedish
From the Swedish name of the heather plant. There are many combinations of this name in Sweden, for example Ljungberg "heather mountain", Ljungblad "heather leaf", and so on.
LJUNGBORG     Swedish
Means "heather castle" in Swedish.
LJUNGGREN     Swedish
Means "heather bough" in Swedish.
LJUNGMAN     Swedish
Means "heather man" in Swedish.
Means "heather beach" in Swedish.
Derived from the Welsh given name LLYWELYN.
LLOYD     Welsh
Originally a nickname from the Welsh word llwyd meaning "grey".
LLYWELYN     Welsh
Derived from the Welsh given name LLYWELYN.
LOBO     Spanish, Portuguese
Originally a nickname meaning "wolf" in Spanish and Portuguese.
LOCATELLI     Italian
From Locatello, a place in Lombardy near the city of Bergamo in Northern Italy.
LOCKWOOD     English
From an English place name meaning "enclosure forest".
LOEWE     German
Variant of LÖWE.
LÖFGREN     Swedish
From Swedish löv "leaf" and gren "branch".
LOGAN     Scottish
From a Scottish place name meaning "little hollow".
LOHRENZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LOMAN     English
From the name of the River Loman in Devon.
LOMBARDI     Italian
Originally indicated someone who came from the Lombardy region in Italy. The region got its name from the Lombards, a Germanic tribe who invaded in the 6th century.
LOMIDZE     Georgian
Means "son of the lion", from Georgian ლომი (lomi) meaning "lion".
LONČAR     Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
Means "potter", from Serbo-Croatian lonac, Slovene lonec meaning "pot".
LONDON     English
From the name of the capital city of the United Kingdom, the meaning of which is uncertain.
LONG     English
Originally a nickname for a person who had long limbs or who was tall.
LONGO     Italian
Italian cognate of LONG.
LONGSTAFF     English
Name for a tipstaff or beadle who carried a long staff as a badge of office, or else referred to someone who was very tall.
LOPEZ     Spanish
Means "son of LOPE" in Spanish.
LORENTZ     German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LORENZ     German
Derived from the given name LORENZ.
LORENZEN     Danish, Low German
Means "son of LORENS".
LORIS     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LORITZ     German
Variant of LORENZ.
LOSA     Spanish
From Spanish losa meaning "tile, slab".
LOSNEDAHL     Norwegian
From a place name: dahl means "valley" in Norwegian, and Losne is a place in Norway.
LOVÁSZ     Hungarian
Means "groom, stableman, ostler" in Hungarian.
LOVE     English
From the Old English given name Lufu meaning "love".
LOVEL     English
Variant of LOWELL.
LOVELL     English
Variant of LOWELL.
LOW     English, Scottish
Variant of LAW.
LÖWE     German
Means "lion" in German.
LOWE (1)     Jewish
Germanized variant of LEVI.
LOWE (2)     English, Scottish
Variant of LOW.
LOWELL     English
Derived from a Norman French nickname, from lou "wolf" and a diminutive suffix.
LOWRY     Scottish, English
From a diminutive of LAURENCE (1).
LOYOLA     Spanish, Basque
From Basque loya meaning "mud". This was the surname of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of Jesuits.
LU     Chinese
From Chinese () meaning "musical note" and also referring to the former state of Lu, which was situated in what is now Henan province.
LUCAS     English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch
Derived from the given name LUCAS. A famous bearer of this surname is George Lucas (1944-), the creator of the 'Star Wars' movies.
LUCASSEN     Dutch
Means "son of LUCAS".
LUDVIGSEN     Danish
Means "son of LUDVIG".
LUDWIG     German
From the given name LUDWIG.
LUKÁCS     Hungarian
From the given name LUKÁCS.
LUKESON     English
Means "son of LUKE".
LUKIĆ     Serbian
Means "son of LUKA".
LUKSKA     Czech
Derived from the given name LUKAS.
LUM     English
From places in Lancashire and West Yorkshire called Lumb, both apparently originally named for Old English lum(m) "pool". The word is not independently attested, but appears also in Lomax and Lumley, and may be reflected in the dialect term lum denoting a well for collecting water in a mine. In some instances the name may be topographical for someone who lived by a pool, Middle English lum(m).
LUND     Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, English
Indicated a person who lived near a grove of trees, from Old Norse lundr meaning "grove". There are towns in Sweden and Britain called Lund.
LUNDBERG     Swedish
Derived from Swedish lund "grove" and berg "mountain".
LUNDGREN     Swedish
Derived from Swedish lund "grove" and gren "branch".
LUNDQUIST     Swedish
Derived from Swedish lund "grove" and qvist "twig, branch".
LUNGU     Romanian
Romanian cognate of LONG.
LUPEI     Romanian
From the Romanian lup, which means "wolf".
LUPO     Italian
From an Italian nickname meaning "wolf".
LUSK     Scottish
Possibly means "cave" in Gaelic.
LUTHER     German
From the given name LEUTHAR.
LUZZATTO     Italian
From Lusatia, a region of northern Germany.
LYKKE     Danish
Means simply "happy".
LYNCH     Irish
From Irish Ó Loingsigh meaning "descendant of Loingseach", a given name meaning "mariner".
LYNDON     English
Originally from a place name meaning "lime tree hill" in Old English.
LYNE     Scottish
Habitational name for someone who lived in places of this name in Ayrshire, Peeblesshire, and Wigtownshire.
LYNN     English
From the Welsh word llyn meaning "lake".
LYNTON     English
Variant of LINTON.
LYNWOOD     English
Variant of LINWOOD.
LYON (1)     English, French
Habitational name from either the Lyon in southern central France, or Lyons-la-Forêt in Eure, Normandy.
LYON (2)     English, French
Either from the given name LEON or else a nickname meaning "lion".
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