Submitted Surnames Starting with L

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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.
Lehtpere is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf/foliage family".
LEHTPUU Estonian
Lehtpuu is an Estonian surname meaning "leaf tree".
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.
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".
Means "daughter of LEIF" in Icelandic.
LEIJA Spanish (Mexican)
Meaning uncertain, but it might be a variant of Leixà.
LEIJON Swedish
Variant of LEJON.
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’.
Habitational name for someone in Bavaria, or a topographic name from Middle High German lin meaning "flax" and berg meaning "mountain".
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]
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 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 is an Estonian surname meaning "(bread) baker".
LEJON Swedish
Means "lion" in Swedish.
LEKK Estonian
Lekk is an Estonian surname meaning "leak".
Feminine form is Lekka
LELAND English
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.
LELL Estonian
Lell is an Estonian surname meaning "uncle".
LELLOUCHE Judeo-Spanish
From Tamazight alûsh meaning "lamb".
Means “the wolf” in French.
Lelumees is an Estonian surname meaning "bauble/toy man".
From French meaning 'master'
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 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".
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.
LEMKE Prussian
Prussian Pommerania
LEMMIK Estonian
Lemmik is an Estonian surname meaning "favorite".
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’... [more]
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.
Occupational surname for a miller, literally meaning "the miller" in French.
Variant spelling of LE MONNIER.
LEMÕNS Spanish (Rare)
Variant of Lemons.
LEMONS English
Variant of LEMON
Alternative form of LEMPINEN.
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".
LEMRINI Arabic (Maghrebi)
Alternate transcription of El Merini.
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.
Italian. My family is from the Tuscany region of Lucca.
LENG Chinese
From Chinese 冷 (lěng), which was probably derived from 泠伦 (línglún), an ancient title used by court officials in charge of music.
Means "The Englishman".
LENKEIT German (East Prussian)
East Prussian German (and thus heavily Lithuanian influenced) surname.... [more]
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]
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.
LENTON English
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'.
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.
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.
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).
LEONES Spanish
from the spanish term "leon" meaning lion or puma.... [more]
LEONG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of LIANG.
LEONHARDT German, Dutch
From the Germanic personal name LEONHARD, composed of the elements leo "lion" and hard "hardy, brave, strong".
Means "son of LEONID."
LEONOV Russian
Means "son of LEON".
LEOS Greek
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.
LEPA Estonian
Lepa is an Estonian surname meaning "alder".
LEPAJÕE Estonian
Lepajõe is an Estonian surname meaning "alder water".
LE PEN Breton
Le Pen is a Breton surname meaning "the head", "the chief" or "the peninsula".
Means "the father" in French.
LEPIK Estonian
Lepik is an Estonian surname meaning "alder stand/wood".
LEPISTU Estonian
Lepistu is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "lepitus" meaning "conciliation" and "arrangement".
LEPLEY English
From a byname for a cobbler.
LEPMETS Estonian
Lepmets is an Estonian word meaning "alder (lepp) forest (mets)".
LEPP Estonian
Very common Estonian surname, meaning "alder".
LEPP German
Unflattering nickname from Middle High German lappe "coxcomb", "puppy" (modern German Laffe).... [more]
Leppnurm is an Estonian surname meaning "alder meadow".
LEPPOJA Estonian
Leppoja is an Estonian surname meaning "alder creek".
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.
LERNER German, Jewish
Its literal meaning can be either "student" or "scholar".
LE ROUX French
Nickname for a person with red hair, from Old French rous "red." Variant spelling of LEROUX.
LESASSIER Medieval French
LESATZ English
Unknown origin (I mean by I don't know its origins). Popular in Michigan during the early 20th century.
LESCH German
German variant of LOESCH.
German metonymic occupational name for a mediator or arbitrator, or possibly for a fireman, from Middle High German leschære ‘extinguisher’.
LE SILVA Sinhalese
Variant of LA SILVA used in Sri Lanka.
LESK Estonian
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 Estonian
Lest is an Estonian surname meaning "flounder (fish)" and "flake".
LESTRADE Literature
The name of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional head of Scotland Yard. Possibly from the French surname Lestrange
Means "the shoemaker" in French.
Name for someone from any of various places called Leszczyna, Leszczyno, Leszczyny or Leszczynek, all derived from Polish leszczyna meaning "hazel".
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.
LETO Italian
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 Estonian
Lett is an Estonian surname meaning "counter" or "counter table".
LEU Moldovan
Derived from Romanian leu "lion".
LEUENBERGER German (Swiss)
Means "one who came from Löwenberg" in German.
LEUNG Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of LIANG.
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.
LEV Hebrew
From the given name LEV (2).
LEVA Bulgarian (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.
LEVAI Jewish
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.
LEVAN French, English
Comes from le vent, meaning "the wind."
LEVANDI Estonian
Levandi is an Estonians surname meaning the "Levant".
LEVANT English
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 (see LOW) + 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 ‘counsel’.
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.
LEVEY Jewish (Americanized)
Americanized form of LEVI.
LEVIĆ Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian
Derived from levo, meaning "left".
Means "son of LEVI" in Greek.
LEVIN Jewish, 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... [more]
LEVINSON English, Jewish
Means "son of LEVI".
Means "daughter of LEVÍ" in Icelandic.
LEVÍSSON Icelandic
Means "son of LEVÍ" in Icelandic.
LEVY Jewish
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.
LEVY English, French, Jewish
There are three possible sources of this surname. ... [more]
LEW Chinese (Cantonese)
Cantonese romanization of LIU.
Feminine form of LEWANDOWSKI.
A surname meaning ‘son of Lewis.’
LEX German, Dutch
From a short form of the personal name Alexius, ALEXIS.
LEYDON Irish (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... [more]
LEYN Russian
Russian variant of LANE (1), reflecting the English pronunciation.
LEYN Russian
Russian surname of unclear origin. This may be a matronymic of Jewish origin from name LEAH meaning "weary".
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]
Means "the happy one" in French.
L'HOMME French
Variant spelling of LHOMME.
From the name of the commune of Lhomme, located in the Sarthe department in northwestern France.
Means "son of Liakh".
LIANG Chinese
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.
LIBERMAN German, Jewish
Variant spelling of LIEBERMANN.
Habitational name from Librizzi in Messina province, Sicily.
Meaning uncertain, of Hokkien origin.
Russian form of LISZEWSKI.
LICHT Jewish
From the German word meaning “light”
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 "candle, light".
LICKERT German (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.
LICONA Spanish
Habitational name from a place called Likoa in Basque Country.
From Celtic place names in England meaning "gray hill".
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.
LIDÉN Swedish
Combination of the Swedish place name element lid "slope, hillside" and the common surname siffix -én.
LIDMAN Swedish
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).
LIE Norwegian
Variant spelling of Li. Derived from Old Norse hlíð "hillside, mountain slope".
LIE Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of LI (1).
LIE Indonesian
Indonesian spelling of LI (1).
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).
LIEB German
From a short form of the various compound Slavic personal names formed with lubo- "love" as the first element.
LIEBER English, German, Polish, Jewish
From the given name LIEBER.
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 "brave, strong".
LIEBLING German, Yiddish, Jewish
Derived from German lieb meaning "dear, beloved" or German liebling meaning "darling".
Variant of German Liebmann, itself a variant of Libman and derived from the Yiddish personal name LIPMAN, from Middle High German liep "dear, beloved" and man "man"... [more]
Yiddish for "dear" or "beloved."
From a Germanic personal name formed with liut "people, tribe" and berht "shining, famous".
LIEKKI Finnish (Rare)
Means 'flame' in Finnish.
LIEM Chinese (Hokkien), Indonesian
Hokkien romanization of LIN chiefly used in Indonesia.
LIEM Dutch
Habitual surname for Lieme in Eastphalia, which is from lim meaning "mire".
LIEN Norwegian
Variant of LIE.
LIEN Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of LIN.
LIEPA Latvian
Meaning "lime tree".
Lietzen is a municipality in the district Märkisch-Oderland, in Brandenburg, Germany.... [more]
LIEW Chinese (Hakka)
Hakka romanization of LIU.
LIF Swedish
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.
LIGHT English
Nickname for a happy, cheerful person, from Middle English lyght, Old English lēoht "light (not dark), bright, cheerful".
LIGHTFOOT Native 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’.
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 Estonian
Ligi is an Estonian surname meaning "near" or "accessible".
LIGNE English
A variation of the names Ling, LIN and others.
LIHOU Norman
From the island of LIHOU.
LIHTMAA Estonian
Lihtmaa is an Estonian surname meaning "common/simple land".
LIIER Estonian
Liier is an Estonian surname possibly derived from "liige", meaning "member" or "participant".
LIIGER Estonian
Liiger is an Estonian surname derived from "liige" meaning "member" and "participant".
LIIK Estonian
Liik is an Estonian surname meaning "kind" or "benevolent".
LIIM Estonian
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 Estonian
Liit is an Estonian surname meaning "alliance" or "union".
LIIV Estonian
Liiv is an Estonian surname, meaning "sand".
Liivakivi is an Estonian surname meaning "sandstone".
Liivamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "sandy hill/mountain".
Liivamägi is an Estonian surname meaning "sand mountain".
LIIVAND Estonian
Liivand is an Estonian surname meaning "sand(y) gift".
LIIVARU Estonian
Liivaru is an Estonian surname meaning "sand(y) upland meadow".
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