American Submitted Surnames

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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]
Layden English
Variant of Laden.
Layman English
Habitational name for someone living near a meadow. Derived from Middle English leye. ... [more]
Lazenby English
From a place name which was derived from leysingi and byr, two Norse words meaning "freedman" and "settlement" respectively.
Leachman English
Occupational name for a physician’s servant, from Leach 1 + Middle English man ‘manservant’.
Leadbeater English
Variant spelling of Ledbetter.
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.
Leather English, Scottish
A metonymic occupational name for a leatherworker or seller of leather goods, and derived from Middle English and Old English lether meaning "leather".
Leavis English
Possibly from the Gallo-Roman name Laevius meaning "left", related to Levy.
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.
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’... [more]
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]
Leeming English
Habitational name from either of two places, in West Yorkshire near Keighley and in North Yorkshire near Northallerton. Both are named with a river name, derived from the Old English word lēoma "gleam, sparkle".
Lees English
Possibly a variation of the surname Lee.
Leighty English
Perhaps an altered spelling of the English family name Laity .
Leith English
From the name of a Scottish town (now a district of Edinburgh), which is derived from Gaelic lìte "wet, damp". It is also the name of the river that flows though Edinburgh.
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.
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.
Lemons English
Variant of Lemon
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'.
Leo English
From the Old French personal name Leon.
Lepley English
From a byname for a cobbler.
Lesatz English
Unknown origin (I mean by I don't know its origins). Popular in Michigan during the early 20th century.
Letcher English
Topographic name for someone who lived beside a stream. From Old English læcc, plus the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.
Lethbridge English
Believed to have derived from a location in Devonshire around the 16th century.
Levan French, English
Comes from le vent, meaning "the wind."
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]
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’.
Leverich English
The surname Leverich was first found in West Yorkshire at Liversedge, a township that dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Livresec, a manor belonging to Radulf, a vassal of Ilbert de Lacy... [more]
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.
Levinson English, Jewish
Means "son of Levi".
Lewison English
A surname meaning ‘son of Lewis.’
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.
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.
Lieber English, German, Polish, Jewish
From the given name Lieber.
Light English
Nickname for a happy, cheerful person, from Middle English lyght, Old English lēoht "light (not dark), bright, cheerful".
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.
Ligne English
A variation of the names Ling, Lin and others.
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]
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.
Lindell German, English
Derived from the German linde, meaning "lime tree."
Linderman English (Rare)
From the given name Lynn, combined with the surname mann.
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]
Lineberry English, German, Dutch, West Frisian
Americanized spelling of Leinberg.
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.
Link English
Comes from Old English word "hlinc"
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]
Linnane Irish, English
Anglicized form of O'lennon.
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’.
Linzey English
This is a variant of Lindsey.
Lions English
Variant of Lyons influencd by the spelling of the word lion
Lippincott English
A habitational name meaning "of Luffincott," a parish in Devon, England. Named from Old English uncertain first element + cot ‘cottage’.
Lisle Norman, English, French
English (of Norman origin) and French: variant spelling of Lyle.
Littlejohn Scottish, English
Distinguishing epithet for the smallest of two or more bearers of the common personal name John. Compare Meiklejohn... [more]
Lively English
A modern English surname possibly derived from a lost village called Laefer-leah which would give it the meaning "the farm by the lake".... [more]
Lively English
Nickname from Middle English lifly, "lively", "nimble".
Livingston English, Scottish
This surname is thought to be derived from Middle English Levingestun meaning "Leving's town" or "Leving's settlement."
Loafman English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Laufmann.
Loam English
1 English and Scottish: unexplained. The name is recorded in both England and Scotland. It may be a variant of Scottish Lour, a habitational name from Lour, formerly a part of the parish of Meathielour.... [more]
Lobato American (Hispanic)
Lobato variant of Lovato is a Hispanic last name originating from Spanish colonial New Mexico and Colorado. That surname is common with Native New Mexicans... [more]
Lock English, Dutch, German
Habitational name from any of various places called Loock, from look ‘enclosure’.
Locke English, Dutch, German
English, Dutch, and German: variant of Lock. ... [more]
Lockett English
Diminutive of the male given name Luke.
Locklear English
Variant of Lockyer. Locklear is an occupational name of anglo-saxon origin meaning "locksmith".
Lockley English
Refers to the region of Loxley in Staffordshire, England.
Lockyear English
Variant spelling of Lockyer.
Lockyer English
Variant of Locklear. Lockyer is an occupational name of anglo-saxon origin meaning "locksmith".
Lodge English
Local name for someone who lived in a small cottage or temporary dwelling, Middle English logge (Old French loge, of Germanic origin). The term was used in particular of a cabin erected by masons working on the site of a particular construction project, such as a church or cathedral, and so it was probably in many cases equivalent to an occupational name for a mason... [more]
Lomas English, Scottish, Scottish Gaelic
Variant spelling of "Lomax", meaning a steam pool devoted from Lumhalghs, Lancs. Also variant spelling of "Lennox", meaning Elmwood in Gaelic.
Lomax English
Lomax is a territorial surname, derived from the hamlet of Lumhalghs, near Bury, Greater Manchester, and meaning "pool nook" or "recess". Notable persons with the surname Lomax include: Alan Lomax (1915–2002) American musicologist, son of John Avery Lomax... [more]
Lombard French, English
French and English cognate of Lombardi.
Longbottom English, Literature, Popular Culture
English (West Yorkshire) topographic name for someone who lived in a long valley, from Middle English long + botme, bothem ‘valley bottom’. Given the surname’s present-day distribution, Longbottom in Luddenden Foot, West Yorkshire, may be the origin, but there are also two places called Long Bottom in Hampshire, two in Wiltshire, and Longbottom Farm in Somerset and in Wiltshire.
Longfellow English
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.
Longyear English
Meaning uncertain.
Look English
Habitational name from Look in Puncknowle, Dorset, named in Old English with luce ‘enclosure’.
Look English, Scottish
From a vernacular pet form of Lucas.
Loomis English
Derived from Lomax (Lumhalghs), near Bury, Lancashire, which means "pool nook/recess."
Lorah American
Americanized form of French Loreaux, from a variant of the personal name Lorel, a pet form of Laurent... [more]
Lord English
A surname derived from someone of a lordly manner, or perhaps one who had earned the title in some contest of skill or had played the part of the ‘Lord of Misrule’ in the Yuletide festivities.... [more]
Lorimer English
Means "maker or seller of metal items of a horse's harness and associated equipment (e.g. bits and spurs)" (from Anglo-Norman loremier, a derivative of Old French lorain "harness").
Loring English
Means "son of Lorin", where Lorin is a medieval diminutive of Laurence 1.
Lorsan English (American, Rare, Archaic)
Early American variant of Swedish Larson.
Loshaw English
English name this is the last name of singer Avril Lavigne’s Mother Judith Rosanne Loshaw
Lotspeich English
possibly from Bavarian lott ‘mud’ + speich ‘spittle’, ‘moist dirt’, either a topographic name for someone who lived on land in a muddy area or a nickname for someone who had a dirty appearance... [more]
Lott English
from a medieval personal name brought to England by the Normans, of uncertain origin. It may be the Hebrew personal name Lot ‘covering’, which was relatively popular in northern France, or a reduced form of various names formed with the diminutive suffix -lot (originally a combination of -el + -ot), commonly used with women’s names.
Loud English
from the English word "loud", given to a loud or, in jest, quiet person
Love English, Scottish
From Anglo-Norman French lo(u)ve meaning "female wolf."
Lovecraft English
An English surname coming from the Old English lufu, meaning "love, desire", and cæft, meaning "strength, skill".... [more]
Loveday English
Means either (i) "person particularly associated with a 'loveday'" (a day when, by custom, old differences were settled and reconciliations were made); or (ii) from the medieval female personal name Loveday, a descendant of Old English Lēofdæg, literally "beloved day"... [more]
Lovejoy English
Combination of Middle English love(n), luve(n) "to love" and joie "joy".
Lovelace English
From a medieval nickname for a woman-chaser or lothario (from Old English lufulēas, literally "without love", hence "fancy-free"). The English poet Richard Lovelace (1618-1657) was a famous bearer.
Loveland English
From a surname which was derived from a place name, possibly meaning "Lufa's land" in Old English or "leaf land" in Norwegian.
Lovelock English
From a medieval nickname for a dandy or a man conceited about his appearance (from lovelock, a term for an elaborately curled lock of hair). This surname is borne by British scientist James Lovelock (1919-), formulator of the "Gaia" concept.
Loven Norwegian (Rare), American (Rare)
From a farm (later renamed to Låvi) in Aurland municipality in Sogn og Fjordane fylke.... [more]
Lovett English, French
From Ango-Norman French "louvet" meaning "young wolf".
Lowehart English
Variation of Lowheart, used to denote people who seem to show a lack of consideration through expression
Lowery English, Irish
Irish variant of Lowry
Lowes English
Patronymic from of Low derived from Middle English lowe meaning "hill, mound".
Lowrie English
Variant of Lowry. A famous bearer of the surname is baseball infielder Jed Lowrie.
Loxley English
English: habitational name from any of various minor places named Loxley, as for example one in Warwickshire, which is named with the Old English personal name Locc + leah ‘woodland clearing’.
Lucero English, Spanish
The surname "Lucero" was derived from English conquerers who came from England, most likely someone who worked for a king or queen. The term Lucero refers to a "star" or "light carrier" when the English traveled to Spain, the Spanish people gave them the name "Lucero" but earlier was spelled with an "s or Lusero"... [more]
Ludgate English
Not Available.
Ludlam English
Derived from the old English word hlud "loud, roaring" (compare germanic hlud), which gave the name to the river Hlude and ham "water meadow"
Ludlow English
Habitational name from a place in Shropshire, so named from the Old English river name Hlude (from hlud 'loud', 'roaring') referring to the Teme river + hlaw 'hill'.
Ludwell English
From the Old English elements hlud meaning "famous, loud" and well meaning "well, spring, water hole"
Lueders American (Hispanic, Americanized)
Lueders is a common name of the Lueders family. Carson Lueders is a 19 year old singer/songwriter. The name is a Asian ot Latin American name. They are kind and are tough, inspiring role models to the youth.
Luffman English
Derived from the given name Lefman (see Leofman).
Lugg English
English (Devon) probably from a local vernacular derivative of Lucas. However, Reaney posits an Old English personal name, Lugga, from which this name could be derived.
Luke English
From a derivative of Lucas. This was (and is) the common vernacular form of the name, being the one by which the author of the fourth Gospel is known in English.
Lukehart English (American)
Americanized form of German Luckhardt.
Lull English
From an Old English personal name, Lulla.
Lumb English, Anglo-Saxon
Lumb valley system in Yorkshire, England.... [more]
Lundy English
Either (i) "person from Lundie", the name of various places in Scotland (meaning "place by a marsh"); or (ii) a different form of Mcalinden.
Lunn Norwegian, English
Derived from Lund, which in turn comes from the Old Norse lundr, meaning "grove of trees".
Luster English
Variant of Lester.
Lutter Dutch, English, German
Dutch and English: variant of Luter.... [more]
Luxon English
English (Cornwall and Devon) variant of Luxton.
Luxton English
English habitational name from a minor place, probably one of two in Devon, so called from the possessive form of the Middle English personal name or surname Lugg (from Old English Lugga) + Middle English tune, tone ‘settlement’ (Old English tun).
Lyell English
English
Lyham English
From the Anglo-Saxon personal name Liefman.
Lyle English
Derived from Norman French l'isle "island".
Lyman English, German (Anglicized), Dutch
English: topographic name for someone who lived near a meadow or a patch of arable land (see Layman). ... [more]
Lyn English, Scottish
Variant of Lynn.
Lynd English
Variant of Lund.
Lynderman English (Modern, Rare)
Variant of Linderman