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Meaning unknown.
Means "son of Lazar".
Means "son of Lazar".
Means "son of Lazar".
Derived from the word lazda meaning "hazel".
From a place name which was derived from leysingi and byr, two Norse words meaning "freedman" and "settlement" respectively.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Łazy, Łazow, or Łazowa, named with łazy meaning "clearing in a forest".
LAZRAKArabic (Maghrebi)
Derived from Arabic الأزرق (al ʾazraq) meaning "the blue (one)", from أَزْرَق (ʾazraq) "blue". It is chiefly used for Moroccan Arabic.
Occupational name for a physician’s servant, from Leach 1 + Middle English man ‘manservant’.
Variant spelling of Ledbetter.
LEALPortuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
From an Old English word leof related to love and in this case meaning "beloved" plus the word man.
LEANNEEnglish, Irish
means "gracious plum" in english
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 "clearing"... [more]
Named after the village of Leask in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.... [more]
Derived from Russian лебедь (lebed) meaning "swan".
Feminine form of Lebedev.
A German surname meaning "gingerbread".
Means "spirit, essence" in Amharic.
Describes someone from the French region Breton.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of A Pobra do Brollón.
Means "The Cat" in French.
LECKEYScottish, 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]
It means "coming from somewhere".
LEDGEREnglish, Norman, French, Dutch
English: from a Norman personal name, Leodegar, Old French Legier, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut ‘people’, ‘tribe’ + gar, ger ‘spear’. The name was borne by a 7th-century bishop of Autun, whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France... [more]
From a Norman personal name, Leodegar, Old French Legier, of Germanic origin, composed of the elements liut "people, tribe" and gār, gēr "spear". The name was borne by a 7th-century bishop of Autun, whose fame contributed to the popularity of the name in France... [more]
LEDOSpanish, Galician, Portuguese
Nickname from ledo meaning ‘happy’, ‘joyful’
Variant spelling of Lledó, a habitational name from Lledó d’Empordà in Girona province.
Means "the amiable" from French doux meaning "sweet, soft, gentle".
A variation of the given name Ludwig.
LEECHEnglish, Scottish
A physician.
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]
Leesik is an Estonian surname meaning "bearberry".
Leetmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "bank (embankment) land".
LEFFLERGerman, Swedish
Occupational name for a spoonmaker. Derived from German Löffel "spoon".
LEFRANÇOISFrench, French (Quebec)
Derived from the given name François.
LEGAULTNorman (Gallicized)
From the French "le Gaul," meaning simply "the Gaul." Gaul refers to the northern part of modern-day France.
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.
Lehemaa is an Estonian surname derived from "lehine" ("leafy" or "foliage") and "maa" ("land").
LEHIGHGerman, Irish
Derived from a Native American word "Lechauwekink", meaning "where there are forks in the stream". Variant of Lechau .
Lehis is an Estonian surname meaning "larch".
Lehispuu is an Estonian surname meaning "larch tree".
Lehiste is an Estonian name meaning "larch".
"Lean deer." From the German words lehn and Hart, "lean" and "deer" respectively.
LEHNSHERRPopular Culture
From German Lehnsherr/Lehnsgeber "feudal lord". A notable fictional character is Erik Magnus Lehnsherr (born as Max Eisenhardt), also known as Magneto, in the 'X-Men' franchise.
Lehola is an Estonian surname derived from the name of a village in ancient Sakala County.
Derived from Breton c'hwerv "bitter".
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.
Leht is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf".
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]
Lehtpuu is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf tree".
A coworker at my job has this surname and they told me that it’s German. I know nothing more about this surname.
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 ‘disagreeable’, ‘tiresome’.
Leinatamm is an Estonain surname meaning "weeping/mournful oak".
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 ‘stream’.
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 ‘(suckling) pig’.
LEITCHScottish, Scottish Gaelic
A physician in Old Scots.
LEITEPortuguese, Galician
Meaning "milk".... [more]
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.
From Scotland "Leith"
Leius is an Estonian surname derived from "leiud", meaning "findings"; and "leiutis", meaning "invention" and to "devise".
Means "lion" in Swedish.
LELLOUCHEJudeo-Spanish, Northern African
Algerian Sephardic surname derived from Tamazight alûsh meaning "lamb".
Means “the wolf” in French.
From French meaning 'master'
Lemba is an Estonian name derived from "lembe", meaning "loving" and "affectionate".
Lember is an Estonian surname derived from "lembe", meaning "loving" and "affectionate".
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, löwe "lion" and berg "mountain".
French surname designating a vendor of sewing materials, from the word mercier.
Prussian Pommerania
Lemmik is an Estonian surname meaning "favorite".
LEMOINEFrench, French (Quebec)
Means "The Monk" in French. Lemoine is also an English given name derived from this surname.
LEMONEnglish, 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... [more]
Alternative form of Lempinen.
Derived from the given name Lempi, meaning "love" or from a nickname.
"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'.
Lemsalu is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from the masculine given name "Lembit" and "salu", meaning "grove"; "Lembit's grove".
From the English surname Lancaster. Brought to Portugal by Phillipa Lancaster, who later married King John I.
Italian. My family is from the Tuscany region of Lucca.
LENINRussian (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
LENKEITGerman (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) surname.... [more]
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.
Originally a nickname for a person with dark hair or skin, derived from noir "black" combined with the definite article le "the". A famous bearer is Étienne Lenoir (1822 - 1900), the inventor of the internal combustion engine.
Variant of LENZ.
Nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from Latin leo meaning "lion".
From a short form of the personal name Pantaleo.
From the personal name Leo.
From the Old French personal name Leon.
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.
Patronymic or plural form of the personal name Leonardo.
LEONARDOItalian, 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).
from the spanish term "leon" meaning lion or puma.... [more]
LEONGChinese, Malaysian
Chinese variant as well as the Malaysian form of Liang.
LEONHARDTGerman, Dutch
From the Germanic personal name Leonhard, composed of the elements leo "lion" and hard "hardy, brave, strong".
Means "son of LEONID."
From the personal name Leos, pet form of Leon.
From the given name Leopold. Jules Léotard was an acrobat who popularized the leotard, a gymnastics garment. The garment is named after him.
LE PENBreton
Le Pen is a Breton surname meaning "the head", "the chief" or "the peninsula".
Lepik is an Estonian surname meaning "alder stand/wood".
Lepmets is an Estonian word meaning "alder (lepp) forest (mets)".
Very common Estonian surname, meaning "alder".
Unflattering nickname from Middle High German lappe "coxcomb", "puppy" (modern German Laffe).... [more]
Leppoja is an Estonian surname meaning "alder creek".
LEPSYSlavic (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]
Nickname for a person with red hair, from Old French rous "red." Variant spelling of Leroux.
LESASSIERMedieval French
Unknown origin (I mean by I don't know its origins). Popular in Michigan during the early 20th century.
German variant of Loesch.
German metonymic occupational name for a mediator or arbitrator, or possibly for a fireman, from Middle High German leschære ‘extinguisher’.
Variant spelling of German Lessner, a habitational name from any of various places in eastern Germany called Lessen, all named with Slavic les 'forest'.
Lest is an Estonian surname meaning "flounder (fish)" and "flake".
The name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional head of Scotland Yard. Possibly from the French surname Lestrange
Occupational surname for a shoemaker, cobbler, or rarely a tailor; derived from Old French sueur "one who sews" (from Latin sutor).
Name for someone who lived in a place called Leszczyno, Leszczynek or others derived from leszczyna "hazel".
Tallec derives from talek which means someone with a large forehead in Breton.
From Old French estournel 'starling'.... [more]
Lett is an Estonian surname meaning "counter" or "counter table".
LEUNGChinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese variant of Liang.
LEVABulgarian (Rare), Czech (Rare), French (Rare), Jewish (Rare)
From the Hebrew given name Lev, meaning Lion. It is also the name of the currency in Bulgaria, and a verb in French meaning to lever or to lift.
Comes from the Levitic surnames of 'Levi' and 'Levy', signifying the descendants from the Tribe of Levi. All bearers today are of Hungarian–Jewish descent.
LEVANFrench, English
Comes from le vent, meaning "the wind."
Levandi is an Estonians surname meaning the "Levant".
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]
LEVENSTEINJewish, Yiddish
Jewish (Ashkenazic): ornamental name, or perhaps an ornamental elaboration associated with the name Leyb; from Middle High German lewe ‘lion’, translating the Yiddish male personal name Leyb (see Low) + German stein ‘stone’, ‘rock’... [more]
LEVERFrench, English
Nickname for a fleet-footed or timid person, from Old French levre ‘hare’ (Latin lepus, genitive leporis). It may also have been a metonymic occupational name for a hunter of hares... [more]
Diminutive of Lever, from the Middle English personal name Lefred, Old English Leofred, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’ + red ‘counsel’.
This surname combines the Old English personal female name Leofwaru or the Old English word læfer meaning "rush, reed" with another Old English word tún meaning "enclosure, field, farm, dwelling." The etymology with the female name addition fits in with the town of the same name in Berkshire while the etymology with the word addition fits in with the one in Lincolnshire.
Means "son of LEVI" in Greek.
LEVINJewish, Lithuanian, Belarusian, German, Russian, French (Quebec, Anglicized), Various
As a Lithuanian Jewish and Belarusian Jewish name, it is a Slavicized form of Levy. As a German and German Jewish name, it is derived from the given name Levin. As a Jewish name, it can also be related to Loewe... [more]
Variant of Levi.
From the Biblical personal name Levi, from a Hebrew word meaning "joining". This was borne by a son of Jacob and Leah (Genesis 29: 34). Bearers of this name are Levites, members of the tribe of Levi, who form a hereditary caste who assist the kohanim (see Cohen) in their priestly duties.
LEVYEnglish, French, Jewish
There are three possible sources of this surname. ... [more]
Hhabitational name for someone from a place called Lewandów in Warszawa voivodeship, named with the vocabulary word lewanda, lawenda "lavender". Famous bearer of this surname is Polish footballer Robert Lewandowski.
LEXGerman, Dutch
From a short form of the personal name Alexius, Alexis.
LEYDONIrish (Anglicized, Modern)
His name was commemorated in numerous place-names, such as Lugdunum (Celtic *Lugudūnon, "fort of Lugus"; modern Lyon, France), capital of the Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis. Other such place-names include Lugdunum Clavatum (modern Laon, France) and Luguvalium21 (modern Carlisle, England)... [more]
L'HERNAULTMedieval French
Originating in Northern France, Rouen River Valley, Normandie, L'Hernault is an Old French word for a "heralder", one who would act as an announcer, diplomat or town crier.... [more]
LIANGChinese, Taiwanese
From Chinese 梁 (liáng) meaning "bridge, beam, elevation, mass". The name can also refer to the ancient Chinese state of Liang.
Habitational name from Librizzi in Messina province, Sicily.
Russian form of Liszewski.
LICHTERGerman, Jewish
Occupational name for someone who made candles or possibly for someone who tended a light, from an agent derivative of from Middle High German lieht, Yiddish likht "candle, light".
LICKERTGerman (East Prussian)
Derived from the German feminine name Luitgard, and thus ultimately from Old High German liut "people" and garto "garden; enclosure".
Derives from a hamlet in West Sussex, England. All known holders, worldwide, of this rare surname can be traced back to Lickfolds who lived within 20 miles of Lickfold in the 16th century.
Habitational name from a place called Likoa in Basque Country.
LIDDINGTONEnglish, Scottish (Rare)
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "of Liddington", a parish in Rutland, near Uppingham; a parish in Wiltshire, near Swindon.
Variant spelling of Li. Derived from Old Norse hlíð "hillside, mountain slope".
Indonesian form of the Chinese surname Li.
LIEBGerman, Jewish
Nickname for a pleasant or agreeable person, from Middle High German liep "dear, beloved"; Yiddish lib or German lieb. This word was also used as a personal name, both alone (German) and in compounds (German and Jewish).
From a short form of the various compound Slavic personal names formed with lubo- "love" as the first element.
From a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements liub ‘beloved’, ‘dear’ + hard ‘brave’, ‘strong’.
From a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements liub "beloved, dear" and hard "brave, strong".
From a Germanic personal name formed with liut "people, tribe" and berht "shining, famous".
LIEKKIFinnish (Rare)
Means 'flame' in Finnish.
Indonesian spelling of Lin.
Habitual surname for Lieme in Eastphalia, which is from lim meaning "mire".
Variant of LIE.
Meaning "lime tree".
Lietzen is a municipality in the district Märkisch-Oderland, in Brandenburg, Germany.... [more]
Nickname for a happy, cheerful person, from Middle English lyght, Old English lēoht "light (not dark), bright, cheerful".
LIGHTFOOTNative American
This surname is of Cherokee origin.
English (chiefly northern England, especially Liverpool): nickname for a messenger or for a fast runner, from Middle English lyght ‘light’, ‘nimble’, ‘quick’ (Old English lioht) + fote ‘foot’.
LIGHTYEARPopular Culture
From the English term light-year, a unit of length often used when measuring distances in space. Most often used in everyday speech and non-scientific publications. This is the surname of Buzz Lightyear, a fictional character in the Pixar animated film series 'Toy Story'.
Ligi is an Estonian surname meaning "near" or "accessible".
A variation of the names Ling, Lin and others.
Liik is an Estonian surname meaning "kind" or "benevolent".
Liit is an Estonian surname meaning "alliance" or "union".
Liiv is an Estonian surname, meaning "sand".
Liivakivi is an Estonian surname meaning "sandstone".
Liivamägi is an Estonian surname meaning "sand mountain".
Habitational name for someone from a place called Lijewo in Włocławek voivodeship.
Last name, supposedly from Hollad
Last name from Holland
Means "lily" in Swedish. It is also used as a female first name (see Lilja).
A combination of two Swedish words; lilja meaning "lily" and gren meaning "branch".
Lill is an Estonian surname, literally meaning "flower".
Lillakas is an Estonian surname meaning "lilac".
Habitational name from either of two places called Li(e)laar, in Gavere and Sint-Maria-Oudenhove, East Flanders.
From the Estonian word lilled which means "flower"
Lilleleht isan Estonian surname meaning "flower leaf".
Lillemets is an Estonian surname meaning "flower forest".
Lilleorg is an Estonian surname meaning "flower(y) valley".
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair (literally "lily-head").
LILLISIrish, English
Metronymic from Lilly.
Derived from Lilly, a pet name for Elizabeth. It was also used as a nickname for someone with fair skin or hair, and is derived from Old English lilie meaning "lily (the flower)". It could also serve as a habitual surname for someone from Lilley in Hertfordshire (from lin "flax" and leah "clearing") and Berkshire (from Lillingleah meaning "wood associated with Lilla").
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair or complexion. It was borne by English cricketers James Lillywhite (1842-1929), first captain of England, and William Lillywhite (1792-1854), pioneer of overarm bowling, uncle of James... [more]
12th most common surname in Korea. ... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish town of Limanowa.
LIMBMedieval English
Rare name of medieval English origin. A dialectal variant of the locational name 'Lumb', from places so called in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, and derives from the Old English pre-7th Century 'lum(m)'... [more]
It comes from latin word "limbus". It has religious origin.... [more]
LINCOURTFrench (Quebec)
Possibly a habitational name.
Swedish word for lime tree.
Combination of Swedish lin "flax, linseed" or lind "lime tree" and dal "valley".
Ornamental name composed of the elements lind "lime tree" and bäck "stream".
LINDBERGHSwedish (Rare), English (Rare)
Rare variant spelling of LINDBERG. A famous bearer was American aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) who was the first person to fly non-stop from America to mainland Europe in 1927.
LINDEGerman, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde, Scandinavian lind. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word... [more]
Dutch name from the Linder tree.
Comes from the Swedish "Lind" or "Linden" ("Lime Tree" in English) and "Fors" ("rapidly moving water" or "rapids" or "torrent" or "white water" in English)
Variant spelling of LIND.
Lindhagen is derived from Swedish lind ("linden tree") and hage ("enclosed pasture"). Carl Lindhagen was the Chief Magistrate of Stockholm in the early 1900s. There are presently less than 200 people with this surname living in Sweden.
LINDLEYEnglish, German
English habitational name from either of two places in West Yorkshire called Lindley, or from Linley in Shropshire and Wiltshire, all named from Old English lin ‘flax’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘glade’, with epenthetic -d-, or from another Lindley in West Yorkshire (near Otley), named in Old English as ‘lime wood’, from lind ‘lime tree’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’... [more]
Lindmaa is an Estonian name meaning "bird land".
Lindmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "bird mountain/hill".
Lindpere is an Estonian surname meaning "bird family".
Variant spelling of Lindquist.
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of Swedish lind "lime tree" and German stedt "home, place".
LINDTGerman, Dutch
The Lindt surname comes from an Upper German word "lind," which meant "tender" or "gentle hearted." In some instances, especially in Saxony, the surname evolved from the personal name Lindemuth. In general, the similar phonetic name Linde comes from "Linden," which was a type of tree.... [more]
Lindvee is an Estonian surname meaning "bird water".
LINEBAUGHGerman (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of German Leinbach.
Comes from Old English word "hlinc"
Scottish (Orkney) habitational name from either of two places named Linklater (in South Ronaldsay and North Sandwick).
This surname can be derived from a place of the same name in Shropshire, which is derived from Old English lín meaning "flax, linen" and leah meaning "clearing." As a modern surname, it can also be a variant of Lindley (Lindley is used in 2 places in Yorkshire), which is derived from Old English lind meaning "lime tree" and leah.
LINNScottish, Scots, English, Irish, German, Jewish, Finnish (Anglicized), Estonian
As a Scottish and Northern English surname, it is a variant of Lyne. Its usage as an English name is primarily by Scots living in Northern England.... [more]
Linna is an Estonian surname meaning (urban) "town" or "city".
LINNAEUSSwedish (Rare)
Latinized form of LIND. A famous bearer was Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus (b. 1707 - d. 1778). His father adopted the name Linnaeus after a big lime tree (lind in Swedish) that grew on the family homestead in Vittaryd parish, Småland.
Linnamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "urban (city) mountain".
LINNANEIrish, English
Anglicized form of O'Lennon.
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