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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
Habitational name for someone in Bavaria, or a topographic name from Middle High German lin
meaning "flax" and berg
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").
derived from the Old English elements leah (wood, clearing, meadow) or læge (fallow) and land (land, area). The name was indicative of one who lived near a clearing or piece of fallow land.
Means "the master" in French, either used as a nickname for someone who behaved in a masterful manner or an occupational name for someone who was a master of their craft.
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 African American
This surname is a Middle English personal name Lefman, Old English Leofman, composed of the elements leof ‘dear’, ‘beloved’, and mann ‘man’, person. This surname came to be used as a nickname for a lover or sweetheart, from Middle English Lemman.
LE MONNIER French
Occupational surname for a miller, literally meaning "the miller" in French.
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".
From Chinese 冷 (lěng)
, which was probably derived from 泠伦 (línglún)
, an ancient title used by court officials in charge of music.
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.
Habitational name from Lenton in Nottinghamshire, which is named from the river on which it stands, the Leen (see Leen) + Old English tun 'settlement', 'enclosure'.
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.
LEONARDO Italian, 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 given name Leopold
. Jules Léotard was an acrobat who popularized the leotard, a gymnastics garment. The garment is named after him.
LE PEN Breton
Le Pen is a Breton surname meaning "the head", "the chief" or "the peninsula".
Lepik is an Estonian surname meaning "alder stand/wood".
Lepistu is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "lepitus" meaning "conciliation" and "arrangement".
Lepmets is an Estonian word meaning "alder (lepp) forest (mets)".
Unflattering nickname from Middle High German lappe
"coxcomb", "puppy" (modern German Laffe
LEPSY Slavic (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]
LERAN Armesian (Dutchified, Rare)
The surname Leran originates in the small dutch island called Armesa. It was the name of the Armesian ruling house from 1504-1884.
LE ROUX French
Nickname for a person with red hair, from Old French rous "red." Variant spelling of LEROUX
Unknown origin (I mean by I don't know its origins). Popular in Michigan during the early 20th century.
German metonymic occupational name for a mediator or arbitrator, or possibly for a fireman, from Middle High German leschære
Lesk is an Estonian surname meaning "widow" and "widower".
From Leski, meaning "widow". Notable people with this name are Otto Leskinen, a Finnish ice hockey player, and Alexis Leskinen, a character from Steins;Gate 0
Variant spelling of German Lessner, a habitational name from any of various places in eastern Germany called Lessen, all named with Slavic les 'forest'.
Name for someone who lived in a clearing, derived from French l'essart
meaning "the assart" (a term for cleared forest land used for agriculture). It is also a habitational name for someone from any of various locations named Lessard or Lessart, of the same origin and meaning.
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
Name for someone from any of various places called Leszczyna, Leszczyno, Leszczyny or Leszczynek, all derived from Polish leszczyna
LE TALLEC Breton
Tallec derives from talek which means someone with a large forehead in Breton.
Topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream. From Old English læcc
, plus the suffix -er
denoting an inhabitant.
Believed to have derived from a location in Devonshire around the 16th century.
From the personal name Leto. From Latin Laetus
meaning "happy, joyful"... [more]
Nickname for a chatty, gregarious person or an occupational name for a birdcatcher, derived from French l'étourneau
meaning "the starling".
Lett is an Estonian surname meaning "counter" or "counter table".
LEUSINK Medieval Dutch
Descendants from farmers from the Overijssel Province in the Netherlands. History can be traced to the middle ages, perhaps to a farm called Lossyng in the village of Neede.
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.
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]
LEVENSTEIN Jewish, 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
) + German stein ‘stone’, ‘rock’... [more]
LEVER French, 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
LEVEROCK Anglo-Saxon, English
It goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to a person who was given the nickname Laverock
, which was the Old English word that described a person who was a good singer or someone who had a cheery personality.
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.
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
) in their priestly duties.
LEYDON Irish (Anglicized, Modern)
His name was commemorated in numerous place-names, such as Lugdunum (Celtic *Lugu
dūnon, "fort of Lugus"; modern Lyon, France), capital of the Roman province of Gallia Lugdunensis... [more]
Russian surname of unclear origin. This may be a matronymic of Jewish origin from name LEAH
Means "a fallen tree" or "a fallen brunch" derived from Old Polish.
It indicates familial origin within either of 2 eponymous localities: the municipality or the council of the municipality of Amurrio.
L'HERNAULT Medieval 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]
From the name of the commune of Lhomme
, located in the Sarthe department in northwestern France.
From Chinese 梁 (liáng)
referring to the ancient state of Liang, which existed during the Spring and Autumn period in what is now the Shaanxi province.
Habitational name from Librizzi
in Messina province, Sicily.
LICHTER German, 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
LICKERT German (East Prussian)
Derived from the German feminine name Luitgard, and thus ultimately from Old High German liut
"people" and garto
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.
LIDDINGTON English, Scottish (Rare)
This surname is derived from a geographical locality. "of Liddington", a parish in Rutland, near Uppingham; a parish in Wiltshire, near Swindon.
Combination of the Swedish place name element lid
"slope, hillside" and the common surname siffix -én
Combination of Swedish place name element lid
"slope, hillside" and man
"man". A notable bearer was Swedish writer Sara Lidman (1923-2004).
Combination of the Swedish place name element lid
"slope, hillside" and ström
"stream, flow". A notable bearer is Swedish ice hockey player Nicklas Lidström (b. 1970).
Variant spelling of Li. Derived from Old Norse hlíð
"hillside, mountain slope".
LIEB German, 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.
LIEBERMANN German, Jewish
Derived from German lieb
or Yiddish lib
meaning "dear, beloved". Many Liebermann families originally spelled the name in Hebrew or Cyrillic characters, so variations in the spelling occurred during transliteration to the Latin alphabet.
From a Germanic personal name, composed of the elements liub
"beloved, dear" and hard
From a Germanic personal name formed with liut
"people, tribe" and berht
Habitual surname for Lieme in Eastphalia, which is from lim
Lietzen is a municipality in the district Märkisch-Oderland, in Brandenburg, Germany.... [more]
This is most likely a name adopted by soldiers in the 17th century. The actual meaning is unclear. It could be taken directly from the Swedish word liv
meaning "life" or from a location named with this element.
Nickname for a happy, cheerful person, from Middle English lyght
, Old English lēoht
"light (not dark), bright, cheerful".
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’.
A habitational name from a place called Lightollars in Lancashire, so named from Old English leoht ‘light-colored’ + alor ‘alder’. The surname, however, is not found in current English sources.
LIGHTYEAR Popular 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".
Lihtmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "common/simple land".
Liier is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "liige", meaning "member" or "participant".
Liiger is an Estonian surname derived from "liige" meaning "member" and "participant".
Liik is an Estonian surname meaning "kind" or "benevolent".
Liim is an Estonian surname meaning "glue", "adhesive" and "dough".
Liinamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "straight hill"; derived from "liin" meaning "straight/line" and "mäe" meaning "hill/mountain".
Liit is an Estonian surname meaning "alliance" or "union".
Liivaru is an Estonian surname meaning "sand(y) upland meadow".