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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 clerk who could translate documents to and from Latin and/or other languages, from Anglo-Norman French latinier
From the medieval personal name Latino, originally an ethnic name for someone of Latin as opposed to Germanic, Byzantine or Slavic descent.
LATO Hungarian, Polish
From Hungarian látni
meaning ‘to see’, hence a nickname for a wise person or an occupational name for a clairvoyant, or possibly for an official who checked the quality of products at markets.... [more]
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".
Lattik is an Estonian surname meaning "bar" or "lathe".
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’.
The lauffer name is generally thought to have evolved from a place name to a surname. ... Versions of the name that evolve from the word "läufer," which meant "runner," are thought to have originally been an occupational name for a messenger.
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).
LAUPER German (Swiss)
From the short form of a Germanic personal name composed of the elements liut 'people', 'tribe' + berht 'famous'. topographic name for someone who lived at a Lauben, a row of houses and stores with an arcade in front, from Middle High German loube 'arbor', 'bower', 'gallery'.
Laur is an Estonian surname, a shortened for of "Lauri"; a masculine given name.
Either from the given name Laura
or a topographic name from Latin laurea
Of uncertain origin; in some cases, it is possibly a habitational name from a place named Laura.
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).
Laurisoo is an Estonian surname meaning "Lauri's (a masculine given name) swamp". However, the name is probably an Estoniazation of the masculine given name "Lauri" and the Germanic suffix "son"; "Lauri's son".
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.
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]
LAVERY Irish, Northern Irish
From the Gaelic Ó Labhradha
, "descendants of Labhradha" (speaker, spokesman
, the father of Etru, chief of the Monagh of the Irish over-kingdom of Ulaid); the name of an ancient family originating from Magh Rath (present-day Moira, County Down, Northern Ireland)... [more]
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of Xixón.
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.
This surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is a locational name from any of the various places called Lawford which have as their component elements the Olde English pre 7th Century personal name "Lealla
", cognate with the Old High German "Lallo
", and the Olde English "ford", a ford... [more]
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.
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".
LAZRAK Arabic (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’.
LEAL Portuguese, 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
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
LEARN English (American)
The surname Learn is traced to an 18th-century settler and his family who lived in what is now Tannersville, Pa. It is an Anglicized version of the Germanic "Loehrner," which name the settler and his family also used.
LEATHER English, Scottish
A metonymic occupational name for a leatherworker or seller of leather goods, from the Middle English and Olde English "lether", leather.
An occupational name for a tanner, derived from the German word "lederaere", meaning "leather worker."
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of A Pobra do Brollón.
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.
Means "the amiable" from French doux
meaning "sweet, soft, gentle".
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]
Leek is an Estonian surname meaning "blaze" and "flame".
Leement is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name); a variation of the masculine given name Kleement.
Leesi is an Estonian surname derived from "leesikas" meaning "bearberry".
Leesment is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "lee", meaning "hearth".
Leet is an Estonian surname meaning "sandbank".
Leetmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "podzolic soil land".
LEGAULT Norman (Gallicized)
From the French "le Gaul," meaning simply "the Gaul." Gaul refers to the northern part of modern-day France.
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality with the coordinates 43° 03′ 18″ N, 2° 20′ 06″ W.
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").
LEHIGH German, Irish
Derived from a Native American word "Lechauwekink", meaning "where there are forks in the stream". Variant of Lechau
Lehmus is an Estonian surname relating to "lehm" meaning "cow".
Status name for a feudal tenant or vassal, from an agent derivative of Middle High German lehen 'to hold land as a feudal tenant'. variant of Leonhardt.
"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.
Lehola is an Estonian surname derived from the name of a village in ancient Sakala County.
A combination of Finnish lehti
"leaf" and the common surname suffix -nen
Lehtla is an Estonian surname meaning "arbor" and "bower".
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]
Lehto means "grove" and Mäki means "hill" in Finnish. This type of surname (combination of two nature related words) is very common in Finland.
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
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
Leis is an Estonian surname derived from "lei" meaning "leeward".
Leit is an Estonian surname derived from either "leitav" meaning "findable" or "leitsak" meaning "humid/sultry air".
Portuguese metonymic occupational name for a keeper of pigs, or nickname meaning ‘piglet’, from Portuguese leitão
Leitaru is an Estonian surname meaning "found grassland/meadow".
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.
Leius is an Estonian surname derived from "leiud", meaning "findings"; and "leiutis", meaning "invention" and to "devise".
Leivat is an Estonian surname derived from "leivatehas" meaning "baker" ("bread maker").
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
"lion" and berg
French surname designating a vendor of sewing materials, from the word mercier
Lemmiksoo is an Estonian surname meaning "favoured/favourite swamp/bog". Possibly an Estoniazation of the Germanic "-son"; "favourite son".
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
Lempu is an Estonian surname derived from "lembe" meaning "loving" and "affectionate".
"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".
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
Lennuk is an Estonian surname derived from "lennukas", meaning "high-spirited" and "energetic". "Lennuk" is also the current Estonian word for "airplane", but the original surname predates this meaning... [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
. A famous bearer is Étienne Lenoir (1822 - 1900), the inventor of the internal combustion engine.
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.