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‘valley’, generally an ornamental name adopted during the name conversion movement of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Often, it was adopted by Finnish bearers of Swedish names containing the Swedish element dal
Occupational or status name for a tenant farmer, from borde
"small farm" (from Frankish bord
"plank") and the definite article la
LABRADOR Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino
From the root word "labora" meaning labor or work. This means laborer or worker but often associated to farmers as in San Isidro Labrador
Topographic name from l’abri meaning "the shelter", or a habitational name from a place named with this word.
LACERDA Portuguese, Spanish
Nickname for someone with remarkably thick or long hair, or with an unusually hairy back or chest. From Spanish and Portuguese la cerda
‘the lock (of hair)’.
Means 'laughing group' in Dutch. Also occurs in Germany, but mostly in the Netherlands.
Lackey was originally a name for a horse servant.
French (western and southwestern): topographic name for someone living in or near a ravine, from la combe ‘the ravine’ (a word of Gaulish origin, related to English Combe).... [more]
Probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
LAFLÈCHE French (Quebec)
A French-Canadian secondary surname from "Richer dit Laflèche," used independently since 1746. Laflèche is derived from the French town of La Flèche, in the former province of Anjou.
Ornamental name composed of the elements lager
‘laurel’ + quist
, an old or ornamental spelling of kvist
Locational name for someone who lived near a hedge or large bush, from old French "La" the and "Haie" hedge.
LAHNER German, Hungarian
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Lahn in Hungary and Germany. In southern Germany and Austria, Lahn denotes a place where there had been an avalanche or landslide, from Middle High German laen, lēne meaning "avalanche".
A combination of Finnish lahti
"bay" and the common surname suffix -nen
Scottish form of LANG
. A famous bearer was the explorer Alexander Gordon Laing.
Topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Old English lacu, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example in Wiltshire and Devon. Modern English lake (Middle English lake) is only distantly related, if at all; it comes via Old French from Latin lacus... [more]
Possibly derived from the slavic word for "tulips", lale
or from son of Lala
(a nickname for Lazar
Probably derived from Ossetic "Lal" or Georgian "Lali", meaning "ruby", perhaps as a personal name. "Laliev" is the Russian form of Ossetic "Lalyty" ("belonging to Lalytae family").
French (Normandy): habitational name from any of various places in Normandy, so named from Old Norse lundr
‘grove’, with the definite article la
LAMA Tibetan, Nepali
A Buddhist name found among people of Tibet and Nepal, from the Tibetan blama
, meaning "priest" or "monk".
Variant of Malfa
, most probably a habitational name for someone from Malfa on the island of Salina (Messina), although the name has also been linked with Amalfi in Salerno and Melfi in Potenza.
Italian:vail, the last name of a general in Palrmo, Sicily, Italy.
Habitational name from any of several places so called in Bavaria, Westphalia, and Schleswig-Holstein.
Possibly of German origin, but perhaps an ornamental name composed of an unexplained first element combined with berg
LAMBILLOTTE French (Modern)
Currently, a common name in Wallonia, Belgium with some descendants in USA. Believed to be derived from three terms..."lamb" "ill" "otte". The first term has remained unchanged from early Germanic term; the second is latin for "of the" and the third a dimiuative or feminine form suffix... [more]
Scottish classical pianist and composer; Henry George Lamond has this surname. It means lawyer.
From Finnish word lampi
which means "pond" or "pool". There is almost 2000 Finns and 127 people from other countries with this name.
Surname common in Australia & the UK. A variation of Lambshead
which was originally a mis-spelling of Lambside which was the area from which the family originated in Pommyland. Other variations include Lambshed
Habitational name from Lancaster in northwestern England, named in Old English as ‘Roman fort on the Lune’, from the Lune river, on which it stands, + Old English cæster
‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra
‘legionary camp’)... [more]
From the Germanic personal name Lanzo
, originally a short form of various compound names with the first element land ‘land’, ‘territory’ (for example, Lambert), but later used as an independent name... [more]
This denotes familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Lanckorona.
LAND English, German
Topographic name from Old English land
, Middle High German lant
, "land, territory". This had more specialized senses in the Middle Ages, being used to denote the countryside as opposed to a town or an estate.
LANDE French, Norwegian, Jewish
French: topographic name for someone living on a heath, lande
(from Gaulish landa
‘space’, ‘land’), or a habitational name from any of numerous minor places named La Lande from this word.... [more]
LANDEN Swedish, Belgian
Swedish (Landén) ornamental name composed of the elements land
‘land’, ‘territory’ + the suffix -én
, from the Latin adjectival ending -enius
. ... [more]
A combination of Swedish land
"land" and the suffix -in
that is derived from Latin -inus, -inius "descendant of"
LANDIS German, German (Swiss)
German and Swiss German nickname for a highwayman or for someone who lays waste to the land, from Middle High German landoese
LANDRY French, English
From the Germanic personal name Landric
, a compound of land
"land" and ric
Derived from the elements lang
meaning "long" and land
meaning "land" or "farmstead".
Combination of Old English lang
meaning "long" and feld
meaning "stretch of open country". It could serve either as a topographic surname or a habitational surname for someone from one of the many locations named "Langfield" (ex... [more]
LANGFORD Literature, English
An English habitational name from any of the numerous places named in Old English as ‘long ford’, from lang
‘long’ + ford
‘ford’, except for Langford in Nottinghamshire, which is named with an Old English personal name Landa
or possibly land
, here used in a specific sense such as ‘boundary’ or ‘district’, with the same second element.
LANGHORN English, Danish, Dutch
Northern English: probably a habitational name from a minor place in Soulby, Cumbria, called Longthorn, from Old English lang
‘long’ + horn
‘projecting headland’, or a topographic name with the same meaning.... [more]
Means "long stone"; derived from Old English lang
meaning "long" and stan
meaning "stone". It can also be used as a given name.
Last name of Pippi Långstrump, the original Swedish name for Pippi Longstocking, a character invented by Astrid Lindgren. Pippi's name was allegedly made up by Lindgren's daughter Karin. It's a combination of Swedish lång
"long" and strumpa
LANSDOWNE French, English
The first marquis lansdowne, land owners for there lords and farmers also know as tenants.
Derived from the name of Lancing
, a place in West Sussex, which was composed of the Old English personal name Wlanc
meaning "family of" or "followers of".
Habitational name from places called Lanz or derived from the given name Lanzo
A surname referring to someone who had immigrated from Lapland, northern Scandinavia.
Topographic name for someone who lived near the gates of a fortified town (and often was in charge of them; thus in part a metonymic occupational name), from Old French porte
"gateway", "entrance" (from Latin porta
, "door", "entrance"), with the definite article la
From Middle High German lap(pe)
‘cloth’, ‘patch’, ‘rag’; a metonymic occupational name for a mender of clothes or shoes, or a nickname for a simple-minded person.... [more]
LARIVIÈRE French (Modern)
From the region of Bourgoigne, in France, meaning 'the river'. The name is likely a topographic reference to the physical location, likely a river in this case.
Topographic name for someone who lived at a place where wild roses grew; or a habitational name from a town house bearing the sign of a rose. It may also have been a nickname for a man with a ‘rosy’ complexion, as well as a nickname of a soldier... [more]
From the old Teutonic word 'lahtro' which is to do with a place that animals bear their young. This was modifed in several dialects to be 'lahtre', 'lattr', 'lauchter' and 'lawchter'. ... [more]
I don't know meaning history.Please tell me the meaning and history of my name
From a homonym meaning "weasel." Actual surname means "favour, grace." A famous bearer is Polish singer Katarzyna Łaska (1979-present) professionally known as Kasia Łaska.
From ancient and medieval Greek laskaris
, a kind of soldier, from Persian laeshkaer
"army". This is the same word as Urdu lascar
"sailor" and Arabic el-askari
"the army", "the troops".
LATHAM English (British)
Habitational name from any of the places in England named with the Old Norse word hlaða
English occupational name for a Latinist, a clerk who wrote documents in Latin, from Anglo-Norman French latinier
. Latin was more or less the universal language of official documents in the Middle Ages, displaced only gradually by the vernacular—in England, by Anglo-Norman French at first, and eventually by English.
From the medieval personal name Latino, originally an ethnic name for someone of Latin as opposed to Germanic, Byzantine or Slavic descent.
My great-great grandmother's name was Patrizia Maria Lattanzio. After she passed and my Great-grandmother sent my grandmother to America, the officials mis-spelled her name on her documents and the last name was shortened to Lattanzi... [more]
LAUDER Scottish, Northern Irish
From a village in Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. It derives from the Celtic Lauuedder
, probably indicating a rapidly flowing river, cognate with Modern Welsh llifer
meaning 'to gush'.
LÄUFER German, Jewish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Lauf, also an occupational name for a messenger or a nickname for a fast runner, from an agent derivative of Middle High German loufen, German laufen ‘to run’.
Habitational name from any of the numerous places in England so called. Most of them, as for example those in Leicestershire, Lincolnshire (near Gainsborough), Sussex, and West Yorkshire, are named with Old English leac
‘leek’ + tun
LAUTERMILCH German (Modern)
Comes from German words Lauter, meaning 'pure', or 'nothing but', and Milch, meaning 'milk'. This could mean that the people who first used this name were farmers.
LAVELY Medieval English
[Lavelly} May have been used my early English, in Medieval times. May have been used during the puritans. really little is know about the name by me.
Habitational name from various places named La Verdière in France, or a variant of the name Leverdier (see VERDIER
From the French place name La Verdure
meaning "greenness, greenery".
English (chiefly Devon and Cornwall): Medieval English and occupational, from pre-10th century Old French "lavandier". Introduced by the Normans after 1066, originally described a worker in the wool industry, and was a metonymic or nickname for a person employed to wash raw wool or rinse the cloth after fulling... [more]
LAVIOLETTE French, French (Quebec), French (Acadian)
A secondary surname, associated with some forty family names in Canada and also used independently since 1698, a nickname from the flower violette
‘violet’, with the definite article la. In feudal France it was a name given to soldiers and domestic servants.
LAWLER Irish, Scottish
This Irish surname is of Gaelic language origin. The surname derives from the original Gaelic 'O'Leathlobhair' meaning 'descendant of leathlobhair'. Leathlobhair derives from 'Leath' meaning 'Half' and 'Lobhar' meaning 'leper'.... [more]
Habitational name, common in Lancashire and Yorkshire, from Buglawton or Church Lawton in Cheshire, or Lawton in Herefordshire, named in Old English as ‘settlement on or near a hill’, or ‘settlement by a burial mound’, from hlaw
‘hill’, ‘burial mound’ + tun
‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’... [more]
The name comes from a small village in England called "Laycock" and has something to do with "the place of the birds."... [more]
Habitational name for someone living near a meadow. Derived from Middle English leye
. ... [more]
From a place name which was derived from leysingi
, two Norse words meaning "freedman" and "settlement" respectively.
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Łazy, Łazow, or Łazowa, named with łazy meaning "clearing in a forest".
Occupational name for a physician’s servant, from Leach 1 + Middle English man ‘manservant’.
LEAL Portuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
Means (i) "person from Leire", Leicestershire ("place on the river Leire
", a river-name that may also be the ancestor of Leicestershire
); or (ii) "person from Lear", any of several variously spelled places in northern France with a name based on Germanic lār
LECKEY Scottish, English, Irish
Originally Scottish, but also found in England, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Possibly derives from the barony of Leckie (meaning "place of flagstones", from Gaelic leac
, "flagstone") in Stirlingshire.
Noble and old surname from the province of Biscay in the Basque Country, were it was first recorded. It comes from the roots "lek(h)u" meaning "place", and the ending "barri" which means "new" in the Basque language... [more]
LEDGER English, Norman, French, Dutch
English: from a Norman personal name, Leodegar
, Old French Legier
, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut
‘people’, ‘tribe’ + gar
‘spear’. The name was borne by a 7th-century bishop of Autun, whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France... [more]
Variant spelling of Lledó, a habitational name from Lledó d’Empordà in Girona province.
From the city of Leeds in Yorkshire. The name was first attested in the form Loidis in AD 731. In the Domesday Book of 1086, it is recorded as 'Ledes'. This name is thought to have ultimately been derived from an earlier Celtic name... [more]
Possibly Italian, a nickname for a fleet-footed or timid person, from a northern variant of lepre
"hare". However, only the plural form Legori
is attested in Italian records.
Lehane (Irish: Ó Liatháin) is an uncommon Irish surname, typically from County Cork. Ó Liatháin is more frequently anglicized as Lane or Lyons. The surname is also found in County Donegal where it was also anglicized from the Ulster branch of O'Liathain into Lehane, Lane, Lyons,and Lawn.
LEHIGH German, Irish
Derived from a Native American word "Lechauwekink", meaning "where there are forks in the stream". Variant of Lechau
"Lean deer." From the German words lehn
, "lean" and "deer" respectively.
LEHNSHERR Popular Culture
From German Lehnsherr
"feudal lord". A notable fictional character is Erik Magnus Lehnsherr (born as Max Eisenhardt), also known as Magneto, in the 'X-Men' franchise.
Topographic name for someone who lived in a marshy area. There are a number of minor places, mostly in southern Germany, named with this element, and the surname may also come from any of them.
A combination of Finnish lehti
"leaf" and the common surname suffix -nen
Finnish: from lehto ‘grove’; either a habitational name, recorded since the 17th century, from any of the farms in eastern Finland named for their location by a grove, or in other cases a more recent ornamental adoption... [more]
From a short form of any of several Germanic personal names composed with the first element liut
‘people’, ‘tribe’. Also a nickname for a disagreeable, cantankerous person, from Middle High German leidic
German topographic name from any of several streams called leinbach, from Middle High German lin
‘flax’ or Middle Low German leie
(genitive leien) ‘rock’, ‘stone’ + bach
Name means LINEN in German. The first known Leinen was a tailor
Portuguese metonymic occupational name for a keeper of pigs, or nickname meaning ‘piglet’, from Portuguese leitão
From Leiter ‘leader’, status name for a foreman or for the leader of a military expedition, from Middle High German leiten ‘lead’.German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Leitner.
Habitational name from the city of Lviv in Ukraine, from its German name Lemberg.
Habitational name from a place called Lemberg in Silesia, originally Löwenberg, from Middle High German lewe
"lion" and berg
French surname designating a vendor of sewing materials, from the word mercier
LEMON English, Northern Irish, Scottish
English: from the Middle English personal name Lefman
, Old English Leofman
, composed of the elements leof
‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + mann
‘man’, ‘person’. This came to be used as a nickname for a lover or sweetheart, from Middle English lem(m)an
"It is said that long ago there was a river in Holland named 'Lems'. Since then the river has dried up, but those who lived around the river were given the surname of 'Lems'.
LENIN Russian (Modern)
Derived from Lena
, the name of a river in Russia. It is the surname to Vladimir Uylanov, who led the Bolsheviks in Imperial Russia to create the Soviet Union in 1917
French surname which was originally a nickname for a person with dark hair or skin, derived from noir
"black" combined with the definite article le
Nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from Latin leo
Refers to a person from León, Spain. Which was derived from the regions' original Latin name "Legio" meaning Legion.
The color tawny which is an orange, brown color. This descriptive surname was given to the Filipino people by the Spanish when the Philippines was colonized.
LEONARDO Italian, Spanish, German
Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese from the Germanic personal name Leonhard
, formed from the elements leo
‘lion’ + hard
, ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’; this was an early medieval saint’s name (see Leonard
Unflattering nickname from Middle High German lappe
"coxcomb", "puppy" (modern German Laffe
LEPSY Slavic (Rare), Turkish (Rare)
Possibly dating back to the Ottoman Empire's invasion of Europe, the original Turkic meaning is veiled in mystery, and possibly meant "one who comes from the edge of the lake." ... [more]
LE ROUX French
Nickname for a person with red hair, from Old French rous "red." Variant spelling of Leroux
German metonymic occupational name for a mediator or arbitrator, or possibly for a fireman, from Middle High German leschære
The name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional head of Scotland Yard. Possibly from the French surname Lestrange
Name for someone who lived in a place called Leszczyno
or others derived from leszczyna
Derived from the Italian word levante
, meaning "rising" and the French word levant
, meaning "to rise". The term entered the English language in 1497 and was used to describe the "Mediterranean lands east of Italy" by referring to the rising of the sun in the east... [more]
Status name from Old French vasseor
, a short form of vavasour
, a term of the feudal system for a tenant ranking immediately below a baron. Such a tenant would have been a prosperous man, and the surname may have been used for someone in his service more often than for the man himself... [more]