Submitted Surnames Starting with L
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Laager is an Estonian surname meaning "camp"; ultimately from the German "lager" with the same meaning.
‘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
Lään is an Estonian surname meaning "liege" or "fief". May also derive from "lääne" meaning "western".
Laan is Estonian surname derived from "laanelill"; starflower and wintergreen (Trientalis europaea).
Laanemäe is an Estonian surname meaning "wintergreen hill/mountain".
Laaneots is an Estonian surname meaning "wintergreen tip" or "edge".
Laanepõld is an Estonian surname meaning "chickweed-wintergreen field".
Laanoja is Estonian surname derived from "laanelill", meaning "starflower" and "wintergreen" (Trientalis europaea) and "oja" meaning "stream/creek".
Laar is an Estonian name meaning "gyle" (wort in the process of fermentation added to a stout, beer, or ale).
Laas is an Estonian surname meaning "greenwood" (wood that has been recently cut) and "woodland".
Laasik is an Estonian surname meaning "woodland area/stand".
Laasmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "forest/woodland land".
Laaspere is an Estonian surname meaning "forest/woodland folk".
Laats is an Estonian name derived from "laat", meaning "fair" or "attractive".
Abkhaz name derived from Arabic لَاحَظَ (lāḥaẓa)
meaning "to notice, to look" combined with بَهِيجَة (bahīja)
meaning "delightful, joyous" (see Bahija
). The spellings were altered by historical changes in the Abkhaz language, and the name was traditionally used to refer to descendants of ancestors named "Lavahiz" and "Bahija".
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]
Means "the cross" in French. It originally denoted someone who lived near a cross.
Probably a habitational name from a lost or unidentified place.
LADULÅS Old Swedish
Most likely from Swedish ladulås
"barnlock", but it could also be derived from the Slavic name Ladislaus
. Magnus Ladulås, sometimes known as Magnus Birgersson or Magnus III in English, was the king of Sweden between 1275 and 1290.
Laes is an Estonian surname meaning "fore" and "overhead".
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.
Possibly, the Frank. Thought by some to indicate a group of merchants in Middle Ages responsible for the transalpine trade to the French.
French: nickname from Old French agace, agasse ‘magpie’ + the definite article l’.
Lage is an Estonian surname meaning "plain" or "flat".
A notable bearer was Swedish author Selma
Lagerlöf (1858-1940), the first female writer to win the Nobel Prize in literature (1909).
Ornamental name composed of the elements lager
‘laurel’ + quist
, an old or ornamental spelling of kvist
Possibly originated to denote someone from the Italian town of Laghi.
Lagle is an Estonian surname (and feminine given name) meaning "goose".
French: topographic name for someone who lived by a granary, a variant of Grange
, with the definite article la.
Locational name for someone who lived near a hedge or large bush, from old French "La" the and "Haie" hedge.
Lahe is an Estonian surname meaning both "spacious" and "easy-going".
Lahey and Leahy originate from two different Gaelic surnames. Lahey, Lahy, Lahiff, Lahiffe, Laffey, and Lahive all originate from the Gaelic surname O Laithimh, which itself is a variant of O Flaithimh... [more]
LAHIFFE Irish (Rare)
From Irish Ó Laochdha
meaning "descendant of the hero" or "descendant of the heroic", ultimately from laoch
LAHLOU Arabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic حُلْو (ḥulw)
meaning "sweet" or "nice, charming", chiefly used in Moroccan Arabic.
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".
Laht is an Estonian surname, meaning "bay" or "gulf".
A combination of Finnish lahti
"bay" and the common surname suffix -nen
Lai is an Estonian surname meaning "wide", "vast" and "spacious".
Laik is an Estonian surname meaning "blotch", "stain" and "spot".
Lainevool is an Estonian surname meaning "flowing wave" (literally, "wave flow").
Scottish form of LANG
. A famous bearer was the explorer Alexander Gordon Laing.
Laisaar is an Estonian surname meaning "wide/expansive island".
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]
Mingrelian form of the Abkhaz aristocratic family name Lakrba
possibly from Abkhaz а-лакра (a-lakra)
meaning "in thickets, to catch in thickets" or "to rank, to include". It was most likely used to refer to a hunter or a member of a large group of peasants.
Lakk is an Estonian surname meaning "hay loft".
From the nickname Lako
, possibly meaning "swamp" in Abkhaz (denoting someone who lived in a marshy area).
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
LAL Indian, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Malayalam, Nepali, Bengali
Means "darling, precious, beloved", from Sanskrit lala
meaning "cajoling". It can also mean "boy" or "red, ruby" in Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali.
Possibly derived from the slavic word for "tulips", lale
or from son of Lala
(a nickname for Lazar
LALIEV Ossetian (Russified)
Russified form of an Ossetian surname derived from Georgian ლალი (lali)
meaning "ruby", ultimately from Sanskrit लाल (lāl)
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 the places in Normandy called La Mare, from Old Northern French mare
"pool, pond" (Old Norse marr
A nickname for a gentle or malleable person or an occupational name for someone who raised or cared for young sheep. Can take the form Lum
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
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Gueñes.
Shire of Lancaster; One who came from Lancashire, a county in the North of England.
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]
Ornamental name from German Lanze
"lance, spear" combined with the agent suffix -er
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.
Lānda (ਲਾਨਦਾ) is a Punjabi surname that is used amongst families belonging to the Bhat tribe. The bearers of this surname belong to the gotra Lākhanpal, which is of Kshatriya origin.
Nickname for a persistent and irritating person, from a derivative of the dialect verb landzić
"to ask insistently, badger someone".
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Mimetiz.
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]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Mungia.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Urdazubi.
A combination of Swedish land
"land" and the common surname suffix -in
, derived from Latin -inus
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
Means "Lanezo's street" from Basque abas "Lanezo" and kale "street".
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Iruraitz-Gauna.
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".
Länts is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "lant", meaning "drail".
Habitational name from places called Lanz or derived from the given name Lanzo
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Sallén de Galligo.
Laos is an Estonian surname meaning "in-store".
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]
This indicates familial origin within Lardizabal Palace, a mansion in Segura, Comarca of Goierri.
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]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous Navarrese municipality.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Adios.
This indicates familial origin within any of several eponymous localities in the former French province of Lapurdi.
This indicates familial origin within the vicinity of the eponymous farmhouse in the municipality of Azpeitia.
LARRAZABAL Basque, Spanish
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Arteaga, Comarca of Arratia-Nerbioi.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the Navarrese municipality of Allin.
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]
1. French: local name or occupational name for someone who lived or worked at a manor house, from Old French sal(e) ‘hall’ (modern French salle; see also Sale
), with the definite article la. ... [more]
French location name from Lacelle in Orne, northern France and referring to "small rooms or cells inhabited by monks".
Lasichanh is the surname of Pharrell Williams wife Helen Lasichanh.
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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".
LASKI Polish, Hungarian, Jewish
Polish (Laski) and Jewish (from Poland): habitational name from Lasko (now Lask) in Sieradz voivodeship, named with laz, lazy ‘clearing in a forest’. ... [more]
Lass is an Estonian surname, a corruption of "laas", meaning "woodland".
Läte is an Estonian surname meaning "fountain" or "wellspring".
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.
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Latoszyn.
Lätt is an Estonian surname, probably derived from "Läti", meaning "Latvia", or "läte" meaning "spring" and "fountain".
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]
Lättemäe is an Estonian surname derived from "läte" meaning "spring" or "fountain" and "mäe" meaning "hill" and "mountain"; "spring mountain".
Lau is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "lauk" meaning "table" or "desk" or "laul" meaning "song".
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
Lauk is an Estonian surname meaning both "leek" and "coot" (Fulica).
Laur is an Estonian surname, a shortened for of "Lauri"; a masculine given name.
Lauri is an Estonian surname (and given name); from the masculine given name "Lauri", a shortened form of "Laurits".
Laurimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "Lauri's land" (Lauri is an Estonian masculine given name).
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.