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Baby boy names beginning with L

Looking for baby name ideas for a boy that start with the 12th letter of the alphabet? We’ve got some lovely suggestions, along with their origin and meaning

The letter L

Looking for name ideas for your baby boy that begin with the letter L? Look through our list of names, their origins and meanings to find out whether your boy could be a La Vann, Lennox or Ludvig

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1. Laban

  • Origin: Biblical
  • Meaning: the father of the beautiful Rachel

2. Lacey

  • Origin: Norman
  • Meaning: braid

3. Lachlan

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: possibly, warlike
  • Also: Lachie, Lochie

4. Lado

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: second-born son

5. Laing

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: tall
  • Also: Lang

6. Laird

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: lord

7. Laken

  • Origin: Modern American
  • Meaning: from the lake
  • Also: Lakin

8. Lakista

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: unknown

9. Lal

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: beloved

10. Lamech

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: powerful

11. Lambert

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: bright land

12. Lamond

  • Origin: Old Norse/Scottish
  • Meaning: law man

13. Lamont

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: mountain, implying greatness

14. Lancelot

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: servant; in Arthurian legend, Lancelot was the bravest of the Knights of the Round Table
  • Also: Launcelot, Lance

15. Lane

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: path: also used as a girl’s name

16. Langford

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: long ford

17. Langley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: long wood or glade

18. Larry

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: long wood or glade
  • Also: Laurence

19. Lars

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: crowned with laurel
  • Also: Laurence

20. Lascelles

  • Origin: Norman
  • Meaning: saddle

21. Laser

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: a sharp beam of light; the acronym of Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation

22. Latham

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: barn

23. Latimer

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: interpreter

24. Laurence

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: a man from Laurentium, a town in Italy
  • Also: Lawrence, Larry, Laurie, Lawrie, Laurens (Dutch form) Laurent (French form) Lars (Scandinavian form)

25. La Vann

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: the small one

26. Lavaughn

  • Origin: Modern American
  • Meaning: wood

27. Lawson

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: son of Lawrence

28. Lawton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: hill town

29. Lazarus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: helped by God
  • Also: Lazer

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30. Leal

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: faithful; a surname used as a first name
  • Also: Leale

31. Leander

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: man of lion’s strength, from Leon meaning ‘lion’, and Andros meaning ‘man’

32. LeBron

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: king

33. Lee

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: meadow
  • Also: Leigh

34. Legend

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: history, story, myth

35. Leighton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: meadow town
  • Also: Layton

36. Leith

  • Origin: Arabic/Scottish Gaelic
  • Meaning: lion

37. Lemuel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: devoted to God
  • Also: Lem

38. Lennox

  • Origin: Scottish Gaelic
  • Meaning: with many elm trees

39. Leo

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: lion
  • Also: Leon (French form)

40. Leonard

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: bold as a lion
  • Also: Len, Lennie Lenny, Lennard

41. Leopold

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: brave people

42. Leroy

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: the king
  • Also: Roy and Lee

43. Lesley

  • Origin: Scottish Gaelic
  • Meaning: holly garden; also used as a girl’s name
  • Also: Leslie

44. Lester

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: Roman town or walled city

45. Levi

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: attached

46. Lewis

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: brave warrior
  • Also: Louis, Lou, Louie, Lew, Lewie, Ludovic (French form), Ludwig (German form), Aloysius (German form), Luigi (Italian form), Luis (Spanish form)

47. Levi

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: joined in harmony

48. Lex

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: defending men
  • Also: Alexander

49. Leyland

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: land lying fallow; surname used as a first name
  • Also: Leland

50. Liam

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: man of lion’s strength, from Leon meaning ‘lion’, and Andros meaning ‘man’
  • Also: William

51. Lincoln

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: town by the lake

52. Lindell

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: linden tree valley
  • Also: Lindall

53. Lindley

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: linden tree meadow
  • Also: Linley

54. Lindsey

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: island of linden trees; also used as a girl’s name
  • Also: Lindsay (Scottish form)

55. Lineesh

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: peaceful

56. Linford

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: linden tree fort

57. Linton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: flax settlement

58. Lionel

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: young lion

59. Lisimba

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: harmed by a lion; also used as a girl’s name

60. Lisle

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: an island; a surname used as a first name
  • Also: Lyle, Lyall

61. Lister

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: possibly textile dyer

62. Litton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: settlement on the hill

63. Llewellyn

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: uncertain but could be ‘lion’
  • Also: Llywelyn

64. Lloyd

  • Origin: Welsh
  • Meaning: grey
  • Also: Floyd

65. Locke

  • Origin: Old English/Old German
  • Meaning: woods or fortified place

66. Logan

  • Origin: Gaelic
  • Meaning: little hollow; a surname used as a first name

67. Loki

  • Origin: Scandinavian
  • Meaning: trickster God

68. Lolonyo

  • Origin: African
  • Meaning: love is beautiful

69. Lombard

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: somebody from the region of Lombardy, Italy

70. London

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: the capital of England and the UK

71. Lorne

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: a place name used as a first name
  • Also: Lorn

72. Louie

  • Origin: French/German
  • Meaning: famous warrior
  • Also: Lewis, Louis

73. Lovell

  • Origin: Old French
  • Meaning: young wolf
  • Also: Lovel, Lowell

74. Luca

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: light

75. Lucan

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: somebody from the historical region of Lucania, Southern Italy

76. Lucian

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Uncertain
  • Also: Lucien (French form)

77. Ludacris

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: the name used by an American rapper and actor

78. Ludovic

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: famous warrior
  • Also: Lewis, Ludo, Ludwig

79. Luigi

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: famous warrior
  • Also: Lewis

80. Luke

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: A man from Lucania
  • Also: Lucas, Luc (French form)

81. Lundy

  • Origin: Scottish Gaelic
  • Meaning: marsh

82. Luther

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: warrior of the people

83. Lyndon

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: linden tree hill
  • Also: Lynden

84. Lynn

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: by the lake or water
  • Also: Lyn

85. Lysander

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: liberator

86. Lytton

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: hill settlement

87. Lyulf

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: flame wolf, derived from Ligulf, lig, meaning ‘flame’ and wulf meaning ‘wolf’

About our author Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about parenting and health. She has been a journalist for 20 years, writing for a wide range of regional and national publications. She is also mum to 4 children between the ages 3 and 12, so has drawn up many, many lists of baby names over the past few years.

Illustration: Emma Winchester

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