Submitted Surnames Starting with L

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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
Lesueur French
Means "the shoemaker" in French.
Leszczyński Polish
Name for someone from any of various places called Leszczyna, Leszczyno, Leszczyny or Leszczynek, all derived from Polish leszczyna meaning "hazel".
Le Tallec Breton
Tallec derives from talek which means someone with a large forehead in Breton.
Letcher English
Topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream. From Old English læcc, plus the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
Letendre French
From 'tendre', meaning "tender" or "delicate".
Lethbridge English
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]
Létourneau French
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.
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]
Levchenko Ukrainian
Derived from the given name Lev 1.
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]
Leverett English
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.
Leverton English
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".
Levidis Greek
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".
Levísdóttir Icelandic
Means "daughter of Leví" in Icelandic.
Levísson Icelandic
Means "son of Leví" in Icelandic.
Leviyev Russian, Jewish
Means "son of Levi".
Levsha Russian
Means "left-handed" in Russian.
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.
Lewandowska Polish
Feminine form of Lewandowski.
Lewison English
A surname meaning ‘son of Lewis.’
Lex German, Dutch
From a short form of the personal name Alexius, Alexis.
Ley English (British)
Variant of Lye, which is given to someone who lives near a meadow
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, Jewish
Russian surname of unclear origin. This may be a matronymic surname derived from the Jewish name Leah meaning "weary".
Leysico Filipino (Filipinized, Rare)
it comes from a family that lives in spain its meaning is to be free
Lezaeta Basque
It indicates familial origin within the eponymous neighborhood of the municipality of Larraun.
Leżałka Polish
Means "a fallen tree" or "a fallen brunch" derived from Old Polish.
Lezama Basque
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]
L'Heureux French
Means "the happy one" in French.
L'Homme French
Variant spelling of Lhomme.
Lhomme French
From the name of the commune of Lhomme, located in the Sarthe department in northwestern France.
Liakhovich Belarusian
Means "son of Liakh".
Liberio Italian, Spanish
From the given name Liberio
Liberman German, Jewish
Variant spelling of Liebermann.
Liborio Italian
From the given name Liborio
Libra Italian
Derived from the latin word 'libra' meaning "balance, weigh". It's probably a nickname for a deliberate or well-balanced person.
Librizzi Italian
Habitational name from Librizzi in Messina province, Sicily.
Lichauco Filipino
Meaning uncertain, of Hokkien origin.
Lichevsky Russian
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".
Lickfold English
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.
Liddiard English
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.
Lidholm Swedish
Combination of Swedish lid "slope" and holm "islet".
Lidman Swedish
Combination of Swedish place name element lid "slope, hillside" and man "man". A notable bearer was Swedish writer Sara Lidman (1923-2004).
Lidström Swedish
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 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.
Lieberherr German (Swiss)
Derived from the given name Lieber.
Lieberknecht German
A compound name where lieber is derived from the given name Liebert and kneckt is an occupational surname for a journeyman, derived from the Middle Low German knecht meaning "knight’s assistant, servant".
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.
Liebhart German
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".
Liebman Jewish
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]
Liebrecht German
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 Chinese (Hokkien)
Hokkien romanization of Lin.
Liepa Latvian
Meaning "lime tree".
Lietzen German
Lietzen is a municipality in the district Märkisch-Oderland, in Brandenburg, Germany.... [more]
Lieu Vietnamese
Vietnamese (Liêu): unexplained.
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 Indigenous American
This surname is of Cherokee origin.
Lightfoot English
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’.
Lighthall English
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".
Liimatainen Finnish
The meaning is: "Son of a Glue Maker"
Liinamäe Estonian
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 Estonian
Liivakivi is an Estonian surname meaning "sandstone".
Liivamäe Estonian
Liivamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "sandy hill/mountain".
Liivamägi Estonian
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".
Liivik Estonian
Liivik is an Estonian surname meaning "sandy outcrop with sparse vegetation".
Lijewski Polish
Habitational name for someone from a place called Lijewo in Włocławek voivodeship.
Lilandriz Dutch
Last name, supposedly from Hollad
Lilandroz Dutch
Last name from Holland
Lilienthal Jewish
Means "valley of lilies" in German, being this word derived from Lilie "lily" and Thal "valley".
Lilja Swedish, Finnish
Means "lily" in Swedish and Finnish. It is also used as a first name (see Lilja).
Liljegren Swedish
Combination of Swedish lilja "lily" and gren "branch".
Liljeman Swedish (Rare)
From the Swedish lilja meaning "lily" and the suffix man meaning "man."
Lill Estonian
Lill is an Estonian surname, literally meaning "flower".
Lillakas Estonian
Lillakas is an Estonian surname meaning "lilac".
Lillard Belgian
Habitational name from either of two places called Li(e)laar, in Gavere and Sint-Maria-Oudenhove, East Flanders.
Lille Estonian
From the Estonian word lilled which means "flower"
Lilleallik Estonian
Lilleallik is an Estonian surname meaning "floral/flower source".
Lilleleht Estonian
Lilleleht isan Estonian surname meaning "flower leaf".
Lillemägi Estonian
Lillemägi is an Estonian surname meaning "flowery mountain".
Lillemets Estonian
Lillemets is an Estonian surname meaning "flower forest".
Lilleorg Estonian
Lilleorg is an Estonian surname meaning "flower(y) valley".
Lillepool Estonian
Lillepool is an Estonian surname meaning "floral at/towards".
Lilleväli Estonian
Lilleväli is an Estonian surname meaning "flower field".
Lillevälja Estonian
Lillevälja is an Estonian surname meaning "floral/flowery outside".
Lillevere Estonian
Lillevere is an Estonian surname meaning "flower/floral blood".
Lilley English
Derived from the female given name Elizabeth
Lillicrap English
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair (literally "lily-head").
Lillingstone English
It indicates familial origin within either of 2 villages in Buckinghamshire: Lillingstone Dayrell or Lillingstone Lovell.
Lillis Irish, English
Metronymic from Lilly.
Lilly English
Derived from Lilly, a pet name for Elizabeth. It was also used as a nickname for someone with fair skin or hair, and is derived from Old English lilie meaning "lily (the flower)"... [more]
Lillywhite English
From a medieval nickname for someone with very fair hair or complexion. It was borne by English cricketers James Lillywhite (1842-1929), first captain of England, and William Lillywhite (1792-1854), pioneer of overarm bowling, uncle of James... [more]
Lily English
Derived from Lily, a pet name for Elizabeth. It was also used as a nickname for someone with fair skin or hair, and is derived from Old English lilie meaning "lily (the flower)"... [more]
Lim Korean
12th most common surname in Korea. ... [more]
Lima Portuguese
Topographic name for someone living on the banks of the river of this name (of pre-Roman origin, probably akin to a Celtic element lemos, limos 'elm').
Limanowski Polish
This indicates familial origin within the Lesser Polish town of Limanowa.
Limb Medieval English
Rare name of medieval English origin. A dialectal variant of the locational name 'Lumb', from places so called in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, and derives from the Old English pre-7th Century 'lum(m)'... [more]
Limbach German
Derived from any of numerous places in Germany named with Germanic lindo meaning "lime tree" and bach meaning "stream". Several of these places are in areas such as the Palatinate, which contributed heavily to early German immigration to the United States.
Limbaugh German (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of Limbach.
Limbo Italian
It comes from latin word "limbus". It has religious origin.... [more]
Limo African
Most common in Kenya.
Limon Spanish
An occupational name for a grower or seller of the fruit.
Limones Spanish
Plural form of Limon.
Linares Spanish
Means "son of Lineus" from latin "line".
Lincourt French (Quebec)
Possibly a habitational name.
Lindahl Swedish
Combination of Swedish lind "lime tree" and dal "valley".
Lindbergh Swedish (Rare), English (Rare)
Rare variant spelling of Lindberg. A famous bearer was American aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974) who was the first person to fly non-stop from America to mainland Europe in 1927.
Linde German, Dutch, Jewish, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
Topographic name for someone who lived by a conspicuous lime tree, from Middle High German, Dutch linde, Scandinavian lind. There are several places, especially in North Germany, named with this word... [more]
Lindell German, English
Derived from the German linde, meaning "lime tree."
Lindell Swedish
This surname means “lime tree.”
Lindelöf Swedish
Combination of Swedish lind "lime tree" and löf (an archaic spelling of löv) "leaf".
Lindemann German
Means "soft man" in German, from the elements lind, meaning "soft, flexible", and mann, meaning "man".
Lindén Swedish
Combination of Swedish lind "linden tree" and the common surname suffix -én.
Lindenberg German, Jewish, Dutch
As a German and Jewish name, it is derived from any of numerous places called Lindenberg in Germany, composed of Middle High German linde meaning "lime tree" and berg meaning "mountain, hill"... [more]
Lindenmeyer German
Habitational name for the tenant of a farm identified by a lime tree, derived from Middle High German linde meaning "lime tree" and meier meaning "tenant farmer".
Linder German
Derived from the German word linde, which means lime tree.
Linderman English (Rare)
From the given name Lynn, combined with the surname mann.
Linders Dutch
Dutch name from the Linder tree.
Lindfors Swedish
Combination of Swedish lind "lime tree, linden" and fors "rapid, waterfall".
Lindh Swedish
Variant spelling of Lind.
Lindhagen Swedish
Combination of Swedish lind "lime tree" and hage "enclosed pasture". Carl Lindhagen was the Chief Magistrate of Stockholm in the early 1900s.
Lindley English, German
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]
Lindmaa Estonian
Lindmaa is an Estonian name meaning "bird land".
Lindmäe Estonian
Lindmäe is an Estonian surname meaning "bird mountain/hill".
Lindman Swedish
Combination of Swedish lind "linden tree" and man "man".
Lindner German, Jewish
Habitational name from any of numerous places called Lindenau, Linde, Linden, or Linda.
Lindner Jewish
Ornamental name from German Linde "lime tree" combined with the agent suffix -ner.
Lindpere Estonian
Lindpere is an Estonian surname meaning "bird family".
Lindskog Swedish
Derived from Swedish lind meaning "linden tree" and skog meaning "forest".
Lindstedt Swedish
Combination of Swedish lind "lime tree" and stad "town, city" (spelling possibly influenced by German Stadt, also meaning "town, city").
Lindstrøm Norwegian
Norwegian form of Lindström.
Lindt German, Dutch
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]
Lindvee Estonian
Lindvee is an Estonian surname meaning "bird water".
Line Danish, Norwegian, French
From the given name Line.
Linebaugh German (Anglicized)
Americanized spelling of German Leinbach.
Lineberry English, German, Dutch, West Frisian
Americanized spelling of Leinberg.
Ling Chinese
From Chinese 凌 (líng) meaning "ice", originally used as an occupational name for a palace official who was in charge of storing and handling ice.
Ling Chinese (Min Dong)
Min Dong romanization of Lin.
Ling English, German
Variant of Link.
Lingard English
Habitational name from Lingart, Lancashire, or Lingards Wood in Marsden, West Yorkshire.
Lingerfelt American (South)
Americanized spelling of German Lingenfeld, a habitational name from a place so named in the Palatinate.
Linh Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 靈 (linh) meaning "spirit, soul".
Linhares Portuguese
Portuguese: habitational name from any of several places called Linhares, for example in Braganca, Guarda, and Vila Real, from the plural of linhar ‘flax field’ (Latin linare, a derivative of linum ‘flax’).
Linikoja Estonian
Linikoja is an Estonian surname meaning "cloth stream".
Link English
Comes from Old English word "hlinc"
Linklater Scottish
Scottish (Orkney) habitational name from either of two places named Linklater (in South Ronaldsay and North Sandwick).
Linley English
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.
Linn Scottish, Scots, English, Irish, German, Jewish, Finnish (Anglicized), Estonian
As a Scottish and Northern English surname, it is a variant of Lyne. Its usage as an English name is primarily by Scots living in Northern England.... [more]
Linna Estonian
Linna is an Estonian surname meaning (urban) "town" or "city".
Linnaeus Swedish (Rare)
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 Estonian
Linnamäe is an Estonian surname meaning "urban (city) mountain".
Linnane Irish, English
Anglicized form of O'lennon.
Linné Swedish
Swedish form of Linnaeus.
Linney English
From an Old English female personal name Lindgifu, Lindgeofu, composed of the elements lind ‘lime (wood)’, i.e. ‘shield’ (a transferred sense) + gifu, geofu ‘gift’.
Linnus Estonian
Linnus is an Estonian surname meaning "castle" or "citadel".
Linnuste Estonian
Linnuste is an Estonian surname relating to "linnus", meaning "castle" or "citadel".
Lint Estonian
Lint is an Estonian surname meaning "ribbon".
Linzey English
This is a variant of Lindsey.
Linzmeyer German, Portuguese (Brazilian)
Means "bailiff of Linz, Austria" in German, derived from Proto-Celtic *lentos (“bend”) and Middle High German meier meaning "bailiff, administrator", derived from Latin maior meaning "greater".... [more]