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Surnames, their origin and their meaning

Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

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Surname Origin Meaning
Luther Germany German loth or laut, loud, famed, fortunate, and er, honor
Lynch Surname A strip of greenwood between the plowed lands in the common field
Lackey Surname A person sent, an attendant servant.
Lacy Locality Locality Derived from a place in France by that name. Sire De Lacy came into England with William the Conqueror.
Ladd Wales Welsh Lladd, to destroy
Lahey Celtic Gaelic Leighiche, a physician
Laing Scotland Scottish long
Laird Celtic Gaelic Lord
Lake Surname A servant
Lam Denmark Danish Lame
Lamb Surname Lamb
Lambert Saxon Saxon lamb, and beorht, fair
Lambourne Cornwall Cornish-British Lambron, the inclosure of the round hill
Lamma Wales Welsh Llamu, to skip, leap, jump
Lamport Cornwall Cornish-British From lam or lan, a place, and port, a harbor
Lancaster Surname A town and county of England
Lander Wales Welsh Llandir. Glebe lands belonging to a parish church, or land containing mineral ore
Landon Cornwall Cornish-British Lan, an inclosure, and dun, a hill or town
Landry France French Landric meaning powerful ruler
Landseer Holland Dutch Landsheer, a lord of the manor
Lane Celtic Gaelic Llane, a plain; barren, sandy, level lands
Lang Germany German tall person
Langton Locality Locality The long hill or town
Lanham Surname Lavenham, a town in Suffolk, England
Lanman Surname lance-man
Lanphear Celtic Gaelic Lann-feur grass-land
Lansing Holland Dutch Low, flat lands
Lanyon Cornwall Cornish-British furzy inclosure
Laoran Celtic Gaelic too fond of the fireside
Laraway France French Le roi
Lardner Surname swine-herd
Larkins Surname lark, a sweet, shrill, musical bird, and kin, a child
Laroche France French The rock, a lonely mass of stone
Laroque France French The rock, a lonely mass of stone
Larry Surname Lawrence
Larway France French Le roi
Lath Lincolnshire Lincolnshire-England old word for barn
Latimer Surname interpreter
Latton Saxon Anglo-Saxon town on the eminence or side of a hill
Laud Latin Latin laudis, praise
Lauder Locality Locality A town in Berwickshire, Scotland
Laurel Surname laurel or bayberry-tree
Laurent France French Lorens
Lavender France French Lavandière one who washes
Laverock Surname Scotish lark
Law Surname Scotish A hill
Lawless Celtic Gaelic Lagh, law, order, and lios, a court, a hall, a fortress, a place where law is administered
Lawley Saxon Saxon A place in the hundred of Blackburn, Shropshire
Lawrence Surname Laurus, the laurel-tree
Lawrie Surname Lawrence
Lawson Surname son of Law
Laycock Locality Locality A village on the banks of the Avon, in Wiltshire, England
Lea Several languages occupation A pasture, meadow, lands not plowed, a common, a sheltered place
Leadbeater Surname worker in lead
Lear Germany German Town on the Ems, in Westphalia
Learned Surname Gealic Lear, the sea, and nead, a sheltered place
Leavenworth Wales Welsh Llyvngwerth, the smooth, level farm, castle or court, or the worth or place on the river Leven
Leby Locality Locality A town in Denmark
Lechmere Locality Locality Lech is a branch of the Rhine, mere, a lake
Lederman Germany German leather maker
Ledermann Germany German leather maker
Lee Surname A pasture, meadow, lands not plowed, a common, a sheltered place
Leech Surname physician
Leferre France French Le Ferre, the smith
Lefevre France French ironworker or smith
Legard Surname Normandy France Le Gard, the guard or protector
Legatt Surname Legate, an ambassador
Legh Locality Locality A town in England
Lehmann Germany German feudal tenant
Lehrer Germany German teacher
Leicester Locality Locality A borough town in England
Leigh Locality Locality A town in England
Leir Germany German town of Lear, on the Ems, in Westphalia
Leland Locality Locality Laland, an island in Denmark
Lemon France French Le Moin, the monk
Lennon Celtic Gaelic Leannon, a lover, a sweetheart
Lennox Celtic Gaelic Laland, an island in Denmark
Lent Surname Lent
Leonard Surname leon, a lion, and ard, Teutonic, nature, disposition
Leppard Surname leopard
Leroy France French rey, roy king
Leslie Surname from Bartholomew de Leslyn
Lesser Germany German custodian of a forest, game keeper
Lester Locality Locality A borough town in England
Leven Locality Locality river in Lancashire, England
Levenworth Wales Welsh From leven, the open or bare place, and worth, a farm, castle, or mansion
Leveque France French bishop
Leveret Surname A hare in the first year of its age
Levy Hebrew Hebrew Levi
Lewes Locality Locality town in Sussex, England
Lewis France French Louis
Lewknor Surname Levechenora, the denomination of one of the hundreds of Lincolnshire, England
Lewthwaite Saxon Anglo-Saxon thwaite, a piece of ground cleared of wood, and lowe, a hill, law, a hill or eminence
Ley Surname A pasture, meadow, lands not plowed, a common, a sheltered place
Leycester Locality Locality A borough town in England
Lhuyd Wales Welsh Gray or brown
Lichtermann Germany German lamplighter
Lightbody Surname Licht, a dead body, a tomb, and Bodee, contracted from Boadicea
Lightfoot Surname swiftness in running, or expertness in dancing
Lilienthal Germany German The vale of lilies, from lilie, a lily, and thal, a vale
Lilly Surname A beautiful flower
Lincoln Locality Locality in England
Lind Saxon Saxon A place where the lime or linden-trees grow
Lindall Locality Locality Lin, a brook, a lake, and dal, a dale
Lindfield Locality Locality field of linden or lime-trees
Lindo Spain Spanish Neat, spruce, fine
Lindsay Locality Locality Manor in the county of Essex, England
Lindsey Locality Locality Manor in the county of Essex, England
Ling Teutonic Teutonic long
Linn Locality Locality A pool, pond, or lake
Linne Locality Locality A pool, pond, or lake
Linnet Surname A singing bird
Linton Locality Locality Lin, a lake or pool, and ton, a town
Lippencot Locality Locality Lippe, a German principality and town on the river Lippe. Cote, side or coast
Lisle France French L'isle, an island
Lismore Locality Locality A parish in Argyleshire, Scotland
Litchfield Saxon Saxon lich, a dead carcase, and field
Littler Surname town, village, or hundred of Little Over
Liu Several languages Chinese the state of Liu
Livermore Wales Welsh lleufer, a light, and mawr, great
Livingstone Locality Locality A barony in West Lothian, Scotland
Lizard Celtic Gaelic lios, a fort, an inclosure, or garden, and ard, high
Llary Wales Welsh Mild, easy
Lloyd Wales Welsh Gray or brown
Lobdale Celtic Gaelic Lub, bending, curving, and dail, a narrow vale or meadow
Lockman Scotland Scottish public executioner
Logan Celtic Gaelic An inclosed plain or low-lying place
Lommis Wales Welsh lom, bare, naked, exposed, and maes, a field, a name of place
Long Surname tall and lanky
Lonsdale Locality Locality Town in Westmoreland, England
Loomis Wales Welsh lom, bare, naked, exposed, and maes, a field, a name of place
Lopez Spain Spanish Son of Lope
Loppe Locality Locality An uneven or winding place, a bend
Lord Saxon Anglo-Saxon ored, a governor, with the prefix of the letter L, le, denoting the person
Lorimer Surname maker of bits or bridles
Losce Wales Welsh Gaelic, Loisg, to burn
Lossie Locality Locality A river of Scotland, in Elgin or Morayshire
Loudoun Surname the parish of Loudoun in Ayrshire, Scotland
Loughlin Surname Welsh called the Baltic Sea Lychlyn
Loury Scotland Scottish crafty person, or one who lowers, that is, contracts his brow
Louth Wales Welsh-British loweth, a garden
Love Denmark Danish lion
Lovel Surname a place in Normandy Lupus the Wolf
Lowe Surname hill
Lower Surname Burder
Lowry Scotland Scottish a crafty person, or one who lowers, that is, contracts his brow
Lowthwaite Saxon Anglo-Saxon thwaite, a piece of ground cleared of wood, and lowe, a hill, law, a hill or eminence
Lucas Surname Luke
Ludbrock Holland Dutch Leather or hairy breeches
Ludlow Locality Locality Town in North Wales
Lumley Wales Gaelic-Welsh lom, bare, and lle, a place
Lusher Holland Dutch Lauscher, a hider, a skulker
Lusk Wales Welsh Gaelic, Loisg, to burn

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