Submitted Surnames Starting with L

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LASS Estonian
Lass is an Estonian surname, a corruption of "laas", meaning "woodland".
LASSEN Danish
Variant of Larsen.
LASTAVEC Croatian
From lasta meaning ''swallow''.
LATAYAN Filipino, Hiligaynon
Means "bridge, gangplank, board" in Hiligaynon.
LÄTE Estonian
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 meaning "barn".
LATHEEF Indian (Muslim), Dhivehi
From a Dhivehi and South Indian form of the given name Latif.
LATIMER English
English occupational name for a clerk who could translate documents to and from Latin and/or other languages, from Anglo-Norman French latinier, latim(m)ier.
LATINA Italian
From a feminine form of Latino.
LATINO Italian
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]
LATOSZYŃSKI Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish village of Latoszyn.
LÄTT Estonian
Lätt is an Estonian surname, probably derived from "Läti", meaning "Latvia", or "läte" meaning "spring" and "fountain".
LATTANZIO Italian
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 Estonian
Lättemäe is an Estonian surname derived from "läte" meaning "spring" or "fountain" and "mäe" meaning "hill" and "mountain"; "spring mountain".
LATTIK Estonian
Lattik is an Estonian surname meaning "bar" or "lathe".
LAU Estonian
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’.
LAUFFER German
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.
LAUGHTON English
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 ‘enclosure’... [more]
LAUK Estonian
Lauk is an Estonian surname meaning both "leek" and "coot" (Fulica).
LAUL Estonian
Laul is an Estonian surname meaning "song".
LAUMANN German
Meaning unknown.
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'.
LAUPMAA Estonian
Laupmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "front/fore land".
LAUR Estonian
Laur is an Estonian surname, a shortened for of "Lauri"; a masculine given name.
LAURA Italian
Either from the given name Laura or a topographic name from Latin laurea meaning "laurel".
LAURA Spanish
Of uncertain origin; in some cases, it is possibly a habitational name from a place named Laura.
LAURENCE English, French
From the given name Laurence.
LAURENSON English
Means "son of Laurence"
LAURI Estonian
Lauri is an Estonian surname (and given name); from the masculine given name "Lauri", a shortened form of "Laurits".
LAURICELLA Italian
From the pet form of Laura.
LAURIDSEN Danish
Means "son of LAURIDS".
LAURIMAA Estonian
Laurimaa is an Estonian surname meaning "Lauri's land" (Lauri is an Estonian masculine given name).
LAURISOO Estonian
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".
LAURSEN German, Norwegian, Danish
Norwegian, Danish, and North German: patronymic from Laur, a short form of Lawrence.
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.
LAVALLE French
means "of the valley" in english.
LAVAY Jewish
American variant of Levi.
LAVEAU French (Cajun)
A Cajun surname meaning "the calf".
LAVECCHIA Italian
Means "Old Lady"
LAVELLE Irish
Anglicized form Gaelic Ó Maol Fábhail meaning "descendent of MAOLFÁBHAIL".
LAVELLE French
From Old French val "valley".... [more]
LAVELY French (Anglicized, ?)
Possibly an English variant of Lavallée.
LAVERDIÈRE French
Habitational name from various places named La Verdière in France, or a variant of the name Leverdier (see VERDIER).
LAVERDURE French
From the French place name La Verdure meaning "greenness, greenery".
LAVERICK English
Derived from Old English lāferce meaning "lark", making it a cognate of Lark.
LAVERS English
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]
LAVI Hebrew
From the given name Lavi, meaning "lion"
LAVIADA Asturian
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.
LAVRENTIEV Russian
Variant transcription of LAVRENTYEV.
LAVRENTIYEV Russian
Variant transcription of LAVRENTYEV.
LAWFORD Anglo-Saxon
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]
LAWLESS English
Without reign of law.... [more]
LAWTON English
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]
LAWYER Dutch (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Dutch Lauwer, an occupational name for a tanner or leather worker.
LAXAMANA Filipino, Tagalog, Pampangan
Derived from Malay laksamana meaning "admiral, officer", ultimately from Sanskrit लक्ष्मण (lakṣmaṇa).
LAXTON English
The lake town.
LAYCOCK English
The name comes from a small village in England called "Laycock" and has something to do with "the place of the birds."... [more]
LAYMAN English
Habitational name for someone living near a meadow. Derived from Middle English leye. ... [more]
LAZAMI Albanian
Meaning unknown.
LĂZĂRESCU Romanian
Means "son of Lazar".
LAZAREV Russian
Means "son of Lazar".
LAZAREVIĆ Serbian
Means "son of Lazar".
LAZCANO Basque (Spanish)
Castilianized form of Lazkao.
LAZDIŅŠ Latvian
Derived from the word lazda meaning "hazel".
LAZENBY English
From a place name which was derived from leysingi and byr, two Norse words meaning "freedman" and "settlement" respectively.
LAZKAO Basque
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality.
ŁAZOWSKI Polish
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.
LEACHMAN English
Occupational name for a physician’s servant, from Leach 1 + Middle English man ‘manservant’.
LEADBEATER English
Variant spelling of Ledbetter.
LEAHY Irish
A surname from southern Ireland.
LEAL Portuguese, Spanish
Means "loyal" in Portuguese and Spanish. A famous bearer of this surname is Roberto Leal, a very popular singer in Portugal.
LEAMON English
From an Old English word leof related to love and in this case meaning "beloved" plus the word man.
LEANNE English, Irish
means "gracious plum" in english
LEAR 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]
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.
LEASK Scottish
Named after the village of Leask in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.... [more]
LEATHER English, Scottish
A metonymic occupational name for a leatherworker or seller of leather goods, from the Middle English and Olde English "lether", leather.
LEATHERMAN ?
An occupational name for a tanner, derived from the German word "lederaere", meaning "leather worker."
LEBEDEV Russian
Derived from Russian лебедь (lebed) meaning "swan".
LEBEDEVA Russian
Feminine form of Lebedev.
LEBKUCHEN German
A German surname meaning "gingerbread".
LEBNA Ethiopian
Means "spirit, essence" in Amharic.
LE BRETON French
Describes someone from the French region Breton.
LEBRÓN Galician
This indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of A Pobra do Brollón.
LECHAT French
Means "The Cat" in French.
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.
LECOQ French
Coq means rooster or fowl
LECUBARRI Basque
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]
LEDECKÝ Czech
It means "coming from somewhere".
LEDERER German
Leatherworker
LEDERMAN German
Variant of Leatherman.
LEDERMANN German
Spelling variation of Leatherman.
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, 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]
LEDO Spanish, Galician, Portuguese
Nickname from ledo meaning ‘happy’, ‘joyful’
LEDO Catalan
Variant spelling of Lledó, a habitational name from Lledó d’Empordà in Girona province.
LEDOUX French
Means "the amiable" from French doux meaning "sweet, soft, gentle".
LEDWICK English
A variation of the given name Ludwig.
LEECH English, Scottish
A physician.
LEEDS English
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 Estonian
Leek is an Estonian surname meaning "blaze" and "flame".
LEEMET Estonian
Leement is an Estonian surname (and masculine given name); a variation of the masculine given name Kleement.
LEES English
Possibly a variation of the surname Lee.
LEESI Estonian
Leesi is an Estonian surname derived from "leesikas" meaning "bearberry".
LEESIK Estonian
Leesik is an Estonian surname meaning "bearberry".
LEESMENT Estonian
Leesment is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "lee", meaning "hearth".
LEET Estonian
Leet is an Estonian surname meaning "sandbank".
LEETMAA Estonian
Leetmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "podzolic soil land".
LEFFLER German, Swedish
Occupational name for a spoonmaker. Derived from German Löffel "spoon".
LEFRANÇOIS French, French (Quebec)
Derived from the given name François.
LEGASPI Spanish, Filipino, Tagalog, Cebuano, Hiligaynon
Hispanicised form of Basque Legazpi.
LEGAULT Norman (Gallicized)
From the French "le Gaul," meaning simply "the Gaul." Gaul refers to the northern part of modern-day France.
LEGAZPI Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous municipality with the coordinates 43° 03′ 18″ N, 2° 20′ 06″ W.
LEGORE Italian
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
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 Estonian
Lehemaa is an Estonian surname derived from "lehine" ("leafy" or "foliage") and "maa" ("land").
LEHEROO Estonian
Leheroo is an Estonian surname meaning "leafy cane".
LEHIGH German, Irish
Derived from a Native American word "Lechauwekink", meaning "where there are forks in the stream". Variant of Lechau .
LEHIS Estonian
Lehis is an Estonian surname meaning "larch".
LEHISMETS Estonian
Lehismets is an Estonian surname meaning "larch forest".
LEHISPUU Estonian
Lehispuu is an Estonian surname meaning "larch tree".
LEHISTE Estonian
Lehiste is an Estonian name meaning "larch".
LEHMUS Estonian
Lehmus is an Estonian surname relating to "lehm" meaning "cow".
LEHNER German
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.
LEHNHART German
"Lean deer." From the German words lehn and Hart, "lean" and "deer" respectively.
LEHNSHERR Popular 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 Estonian
Lehola is an Estonian surname derived from the name of a village in ancient Sakala County.
LE HOUÉROU Breton
Derived from Breton c'hwerv "bitter".
LEHT Estonian
Leht is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf".
LEHTINEN Finnish
A combination of Finnish lehti "leaf" and the common surname suffix -nen.
LEHTLA Estonian
Lehtla is an Estonian surname meaning "arbor" and "bower".
LEHTMETS Estonian
Lehtmets is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf(y) forest".
LEHTO Finnish
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]
LEHTOMÄKI Finnish
Lehto means "grove" and Mäki means "hill" in Finnish. This type of surname (combination of two nature related words) is very common in Finland.
LEHTPERE Estonian
Lehtpere is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf/foliage family".
LEHTPUU Estonian
Lehtpuu is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf tree".
LEHTSAAR Estonian
Lehtsaar is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf(y) island".
LEICH German
A coworker at my job has this surname and they told me that it’s German. I know nothing more about this surname.
LEIDIG German
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’.
LEIDMA Estonian
Leidma is an Estonian surname meaning "find".
LEINATAMM Estonian
Leinatamm is an Estonain surname meaning "weeping/mournful oak".
LEINBACH German
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’.
LEINEN German
Name means LINEN in German. The first known Leinen was a tailor
LEIS Estonian
Leis is an Estonian surname derived from "lei" meaning "leeward".
LEISALU Estonian
Leisalu is an Estonian surname meaning "leeward grove".
LEIT Estonian
Leit is an Estonian surname derived from either "leitav" meaning "findable" or "leitsak" meaning "humid/sultry air".
LEITAO Portuguese
Portuguese metonymic occupational name for a keeper of pigs, or nickname meaning ‘piglet’, from Portuguese leitão ‘(suckling) pig’.
LEITARU Estonian
Leitaru is an Estonian surname meaning "found grassland/meadow".
LEITCH Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
A physician in Old Scots.
LEITE Portuguese, Galician
Meaning "milk".... [more]
LEITER German
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.
LEITHEAD Scottish
From Scotland "Leith"
LEIUS Estonian
Leius is an Estonian surname derived from "leiud", meaning "findings"; and "leiutis", meaning "invention" and to "devise".
LEIVAT Estonian
Leivat is an Estonian surname derived from "leivatehas" meaning "baker" ("bread maker").
LEIVATEGIJA Estonian
Leivategija is an Estonian surname meaning "(bread) baker".
LEJON Swedish
Means "lion" in Swedish.
LEKK Estonian
Lekk is an Estonian surname meaning "leak".
LELL Estonian
Lell is an Estonian surname meaning "uncle".
LELLOUCHE Judeo-Spanish, Northern African
Algerian Sephardic surname derived from Tamazight alûsh meaning "lamb".
LELOUP French
Means “the wolf” in French.
LELUMEES Estonian
Lelumees is an Estonian surname meaning "bauble/toy man".
LE MAISTRE French
From French meaning 'master'
LEMBA Estonian
Lemba is an Estonian name derived from "lembe", meaning "loving" and "affectionate".
LEMBER Estonian
Lember is an Estonian surname derived from "lembe", meaning "loving" and "affectionate".
LEMBERG Jewish
Habitational name from the city of Lviv in Ukraine, from its German name Lemberg.
LEMBERG German
Habitational name from a place called Lemberg in Silesia, originally Löwenberg, from Middle High German lewe, löwe "lion" and berg "mountain".
LEMERCIER French
French surname designating a vendor of sewing materials, from the word mercier.
LEMKE Prussian
Prussian Pommerania
LEMMIK Estonian
Lemmik is an Estonian surname meaning "favorite".
LEMMIKSOO Estonian
Lemmiksoo is an Estonian surname meaning "favoured/favourite swamp/bog". Possibly an Estoniazation of the Germanic "-son"; "favourite son".
LEMOINE French, French (Quebec)
Means "The Monk" in French. Lemoine is also an English given name derived from this surname.
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... [more]
LEMÕNS Spanish (Rare)
Variant of Lemons.
LEMONS English
Variant of Lemon
LEMPIÄINEN Finnish
Alternative form of Lempinen.
LEMPINEN Finnish
Derived from the given name Lempi, meaning "love" or from a nickname.
LEMPU Estonian
Lempu is an Estonian surname derived from "lembe" meaning "loving" and "affectionate".
LEMS Dutch
"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 Estonian
Lemsalu is an Estonian surname, possibly derived from the masculine given name "Lembit" and "salu", meaning "grove"; "Lembit's grove".
LENCASTRE Portuguese
From the English surname Lancaster. Brought to Portugal by Phillipa Lancaster, who later married King John I.
LENCIONI Italian
Italian. My family is from the Tuscany region of Lucca.
LENG Chinese
Chinese variation of Lānh.
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
LENKEIT German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) surname.... [more]
LENNIN German
Variant of Lennon.
LENNIS Scottish
May be a variant of the Scottish surnames Lennie or Lennox.
LENNUK Estonian
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]
LENOIR French
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.
LENTZ German
Variant of LENZ.
LEO Italian
Nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, from Latin leo meaning "lion".
LEO Italian
From a short form of the personal name Pantaleo.
LEO Jewish
From the personal name Leo.
LEO English
From the Old French personal name Leon.
LEÓN Spanish
Refers to a person from León, Spain. Which was derived from the regions' original Latin name "Legio" meaning Legion.
LEONADO Spanish
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.
LEONARDI Italian
Patronymic or plural form of the personal name Leonardo.