Submitted Surnames Starting with L
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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)
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.
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]
Lindmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "bird mountain/hill".
Swedish ornamental name. A combination of Swedish lind
"lime tree" and German stedt
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]
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
Linna is an Estonian surname meaning (urban) "town" or "city".
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".
From an Old English female personal name Lindgifu
, composed of the elements lind
‘lime (wood)’, i.e. ‘shield’ (a transferred sense) + gifu
, geofu ‘gift’.
Linnus is an Estonian surname meaning "castle" or "citadel".
Linnuste is an Estonian surname relating to "linnus", meaning "castle" or "citadel".
habitational name for someone from Lipno, Lipin, Lipiny, or Lipino, or other places named with Polish lipa ‘lime tree’.
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Lipowo, Lipowa, or Lipowe, named with an adjectival derivative of Polish lipa meaning "lime tree".
Lippmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "flag/pennant/banner land".
Derived from Lippe, a place in Westphalia, Germany. The name is a variant of the first name Philipp.
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Lipie, Lipsk, Lipsko, Lipy, etc., all named with Polish lipa meaning "lime tree".
George Lipyance emmigrated to the us in 1903. Many different spellings early on. Lipyance is now used my ancestors.
A famous bearer is Italian-born American actor Gino Corrado Liserani (1893 - 1982), who went by Gino Corrado on film
Habitational name for someone from Lisiec in Konin voivodeship or a place called Liszki, both named with lis meaning "fox".
Habitational name for someone from Lisiewice in Skierniewice voivodeship, named with lis meaning "fox".
Liška means "fox" in Czech. A famous bearer is actor Pavel Liška.
Habitational name for someone from a place called Lisowo, Lisów, Lisowa, Lisowice, or other places named with Polish lis meaning "fox".
Habitational name for someone from any of various places called Lisewo (also Liszewo), named with Polish lis meaning "fox".
This surname has Eastern European connections and has been used by the Jewish population.
Distinguishing epithet for the smallest of two or more bearers of the common personal name John
. Compare Meiklejohn
. In some cases the nickname may have been bestowed on a large man, irrespective of his actual personal name, in allusion to the character in the Robin Hood legend, whose nickname was of ironic application.... [more]
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and may be either a locational or topographical surname. If the former, it derives from any of several minor places in West Yorkshire, such as Littlewood in Wooldale near Holmfirth, all of which are so called from the Olde English pre 7th Century "lytel", little, small, and "wudu", wood... [more]
LITTMANGerman (East Prussian), German (West Prussian), German, Jewish
Derived from Germanized Czech personal names like Litomir (Czech: Ljutomir) and Litobor (Czech: Ljutobor) which ultimately go back to Old Slavic ljutu
"grim; fierce; ferocious; wild". One theory suggests, however, that these given names might have been influenced by ljub-
"love; dear".... [more]
Dungan surname of unknown meaning; the second element is derived from Chinese 娃子 (wázǐ)
A modern English surname possibly derived from a lost village called Laefer-leah which would give it the meaning "the farm by the lake".... [more]
Nickname from Middle English lifly
, "lively", "nimble".
The surname LIVENGOOD is the Americanized version of Leibendgut. Leibengut is Swiss-German in origin. It has been written as Livengood and Levengood in America. Records show the family name back to 1550, in Aarwangen, Canton of Berne, Switzerland... [more]
This surname is thought to be derived from Middle English Levingestun
meaning "Leving's town" or "Leving's settlement."
LIVINGSTONEScottish, Irish, Jewish
Scottish: Habitational name from a place in Lothian, originally named in Middle English as Levingston, from an owner called Levin
), who appears in charters of David I in the early 12th century.... [more]
It comes from the name "liswoze" which means to be a all around "good person". Even though it is a nickname, It may have been derived from occupation because of the name's meaning to be a "Funny man".
History unknown; surname known in the Dominican Republic
Habitational name from any of three places called Lizarraga, in Navarra and Alava and Guipuzcoa provinces, which are named from Basque lizarr
) "ash tree" and the locative suffix -aga
Original Welsh form of "Lewis" used by the former Royal Family of Wales. Most people with the surname "Lewis" derive from the Royal Family. Very few people still have the surname "Llewys," but it is not unheard of.
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the parish of Samartín de Llodón in the municipality of Balmonte.
Topographic name from Basque loa meaning "mud", "mire", with the suffix -tza denoting abundance.
This indicated familial origin within either Łobaczew Duży or Łobaczew Mały, 2 Polesian villages in Gmina Terespol.
Lõbus is an Estonian surname meaning "cheery", "pleasant" and "amusing".
From German Loch
"hole", ultimately derived from Middle High German loch
"hole, hollow, valley".
Scottish: of uncertain origin, probably from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements loc ‘lock’, ‘bolt’ + hard ‘hardy’, ‘brave’, ‘strong’. English: occupational name for a herdsman in charge of a sheep or cattlefold, from Old English loc ‘enclosure’, ‘fold’ + hierde ‘herd(er)’.
Variant of Lockyer
. Locklear is an occupational name of anglo-saxon origin meaning "locksmith".
Refers to the region of Loxley in Staffordshire, England.
Local name for someone who lived in a small cottage or temporary dwelling, Middle English logge
(Old French loge
, of Germanic origin). The term was used in particular of a cabin erected by masons working on the site of a particular construction project, such as a church or cathedral, and so it was probably in many cases equivalent to an occupational name for a mason... [more]
Lodu is an Estonian surname meaning "marsh" or "fen".
German metonymic occupational name from Middle High German lösch
From an archaic Swedish spelling of löv
Possibly a variant spelling of Irish Laughlin. This is a common name in NC.
Combination of Swedish löv
"leaf" and the common surname suffix -én
, a derivative of Latin -enius
"descendant of". Stefan Löfven (b. 1957) is a Swedish politician and the prime minister of Sweden since 2014.
My grandfather's family name who were from Gravina di Puglia
Lohu is an Estonian surname derived from "lohutus", meaning "comfort" and "console".
Loid is an Estonian surname meaning "langud" and "inert".
Loit is an Esotnian surname meaning "flare". Also, probably from "loits", meaning "incantation" or "spell".
Lokk is an Estonian surname meaning "crimp" or "curl".
Habitational name from any of numerous farmsteads so called. Derived from Old Norse lykkja
Russified form of an Ingush surname derived from the name of an Ingush teip (clan), itself derived from Lyalakh
, the name of a mountain village. The village's name itself is of unknown meaning.
Literally means "the hammer." However, "the" would normally be represented as "il" in Italian, in this case.
LOMASEnglish, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Variant spelling of "Lomax", meaning a steam pool devoted from Lumhalghs, Lancs. Also variant spelling of "Lennox", meaning Elmwood in Gaelic.
From Gaelic Ó Lomasna
meaning "descendant of Lomasna", a byname from lom
"bare" and asna
Lomax is a territorial surname, derived from the hamlet of Lumhalghs, near Bury, Greater Manchester, and meaning "pool nook" or "recess". Notable persons with the surname Lomax include: Alan Lomax (1915–2002) American musicologist, son of John Avery Lomax... [more]
Lomp is an Estonian surname meaning "pond" or "puddle".
Famous bearer is Luz Long a former Olympic competitor.
LONGBOTTOMEnglish, Literature, Popular Culture
English (West Yorkshire) topographic name for someone who lived in a long valley, from Middle English long
‘valley bottom’. Given the surname’s present-day distribution, Longbottom in Luddenden Foot, West Yorkshire, may be the origin, but there are also two places called Long Bottom in Hampshire, two in Wiltshire, and Longbottom Farm in Somerset and in Wiltshire.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.
Loo is an Estonian surname; from a few geographic names in Estonia. Most notably, the small borough of Loo in Harju County.
Loog is an Estonian surname meaning "windrow" (a line of raked hay or sheaves of grain laid out to dry in the wind).
Habitational name from Look in Puncknowle, Dorset, named in Old English with luce ‘enclosure’.
Loomets is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "loom" (animal)" and "mets (forest)".
Derived from Lomax (Lumhalghs
), near Bury, Lancashire, which means "pool nook/recess."
From the Irish name O'Luanaigh, "descendant of Luanach," a personal name meaning warrior.
Habitational name from de Loop (meaning "the watercourse"), in the province of Antwerp.
Loor is an Estonian surname meaning "veil" and "fog".
Loorand is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "loog" meaning "swathe" and "windrow" and "rand" meaning "beach".
Lõõts is an Estonian surname meaning "bellows" and "accordian".
This indicates familial origin within the Masovian village of Łopacin.
Occupational name for a saddler, derived from the Old French word lorain
, meaning "a leather strap used on a horse's breastplate".
A surname derived from someone of a lordly manner, or perhaps one who had earned the title in some contest of skill or had played the part of the ‘Lord of Misrule’ in the Yuletide festivities.... [more]
Nickname from Old French l'ord
"the dirty one".
A variant of the Spanish personal name Llorente
Originally Spanish but of Italian origin for at least 7 generations. My branch of the family are residing in Australia but many remain in Italy and quite a few in the USA
Means "maker or seller of metal items of a horse's harness and associated equipment (e.g. bits and spurs)" (from Anglo-Norman loremier
, a derivative of Old French lorain
Perhaps an Americanized spelling of Lossie
, a vernacular derivative of the female personal name Lucia
. Compare English Luce
. This name was well established in the Hudson valley in the 18th century, which strengthens the likelihood that it is of Dutch origin.
English name this is the last name of singer Avril Lavigne’s Mother Judith Rosanne Loshaw
possibly from Bavarian lott ‘mud’ + speich ‘spittle’, ‘moist dirt’, either a topographic name for someone who lived on land in a muddy area or a nickname for someone who had a dirty appearance... [more]
from a medieval personal name brought to England by the Normans, of uncertain origin. It may be the Hebrew personal name Lot ‘covering’, which was relatively popular in northern France, or a reduced form of various names formed with the diminutive suffix -lot (originally a combination of -el + -ot), commonly used with women’s names.
from the English word "loud", given to a loud or, in jest, quiet person
This surname is Scottish, although also recorded in England. It is believed to be locational from the village of Loudoun, in the district of Cunningham, in the county of Ayrshire. The placename is composed of the Northern English word "low", meaning a flame or beacon, itself from the pre 7th century Norse word "loge", plus the Gaelic "doun", meaning a hill... [more]
Variant of LOUKANIS
. A famous bearer is American former olympic diver Greg Louganis (1960-).
Reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Luachra
"descendant of Luachra
", a personal name derived from luachair
"light". The name is often translated, Rush
from a Gaelic homonym, luachair
Means "sausage" in Greek, nickname for a butcher or sausage maker.
This indicates familial origin within any of various eponymous places in Galicia.
Louw is a surname that has pre 7th century Germanic origins. It is a Dutch/Flemish variant on the word Lowe, meaning Lion.
Northern Italian from the Late Latin personal name Lupatus
, derivative of Latin lupus
"wolf". This is one of several medieval personal names which became popular under the influence of Germanic compound personal names formed with wolf-
An English surname coming from the Old English lufu
, meaning "love, desire", and cæft
, meaning "strength, skill".... [more]
Means either (i) "person particularly associated with a 'loveday'" (a day when, by custom, old differences were settled and reconciliations were made); or (ii) from the medieval female personal name Loveday
, a descendant of Old English Lēofdæg
, literally "beloved day"... [more]
Combination of Middle English love(n), luve(n)
"to love" and joie
From a medieval nickname for a woman-chaser or lothario (from Old English lufulēas
, literally "without love", hence "fancy-free"). The English poet Richard Lovelace (1618-1657) was a famous bearer.
From a surname which was derived from a place name, possibly meaning "Lufa
's land" in Old English or "leaf land" in Norwegian.
From a medieval nickname for a dandy or a man conceited about his appearance (from lovelock
, a term for an elaborately curled lock of hair). This surname is borne by British scientist James Lovelock (1919-), formulator of the "Gaia" concept.
Variation of Lowheart, used to denote people who seem to show a lack of consideration through expression
Habitational name from any of various places called Löwenthal.
Ornamental name composed of German Löwe
"lion" and T(h)al
"valley"; in some cases the Jewish name would have been an ornamental elaboration associated with the personal name Levy
or with personal names meaning "lion".
Patronymic from of Low
derived from Middle English lowe
meaning "hill, mound".
English: habitational name from any of various minor places named Loxley, as for example one in Warwickshire, which is named with the Old English personal name Locc
Habitational name for someone from a place called Łoza in Białystok voivodeship, named with łoza meaning "osier", "wicker".
Germanized form of a Slavic or Old Prussian name formed with lub
- "love", "dear".
This indicates familial origin either within the Kuyavian town of Lubraniec or the adjacent village of Lubrańczyk.
A habitational name from Lucca Sicula in Agrigento province, Sicily, which was called simply Lucca until 1863. It was probably originally named with a Celtic element meaning ‘marshy.’
Patronymic or plural form of Luccio
, a reduced form of a personal name formed with this suffix.
The surname "Lucero" was derived from English conquerers who came from England, most likely someone who worked for a king or queen. The term Lucero refers to a "star" or "light carrier" when the English traveled to Spain, the Spanish people gave them the name "Lucero" but earlier was spelled with an "s or Lusero"... [more]
From the personal name Lucius
, an ancient Roman personal name probably derived from lux
"light", genitive lucis
Metronymic from the Germanic female personal name Liutgard
, a compound of liut ‘people’ + gard ‘protective enclosure’, ‘yard’.
Habitational name for someone from places called Łuczyna or Łuczynów.
From Latin ludere
meaning "to play" and German berg
English (Devon) probably from a local vernacular derivative of Lucas
. However, Reaney posits an Old English personal name, Lugga
, from which this name could be derived.
Galician and Spanish habitational name from Lugo, a city in Galicia. This was a Roman settlement under the name of Lucus Augusti ‘grove or wood of Augustus’, but that may have been no more than an adaptation of an earlier name derived from that of the Celtic god Lugos.
Luhaäär is an Estonian surname, derived from "water meadow (marsh) edge".
Luht is an Estonian surname meaning "marsh" or "watery meadow".
Luhtanen is an Finnish surname derived from "luhta" meaning "swamp flood meadow".
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Aiara.
Luisk is an Estonian surname meaning "grinding stone" or "whet stone".
This is the second last name of Spanish footballer/soccer player Andrés Iniesta.
Variant of the surname Lucas
, mainly used in Scandinavian or Slavic languages.
From a derivative of Lucas
. This was (and is) the common vernacular form of the name, being the one by which the author of the fourth Gospel is known in English.
Luker see also Lucher or Luchre, meaning money more specifically money obtained by nefarious means.
Habitational name for someone from places called Łuków, Łukowa, or Łukowe, named with the personal name Łukasz
From a short form of any of the Germanic personal names formed with liut- ‘people’ as the first element.