Baby girl names beginning with L

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

The letter L

Are you trying to find a name for your baby girl? Use our list of girl names beginning with L to find out their origins and meaning to see whether your newborn could be a Lachelle, Lilith or Lysandra

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1. Lacey

  • Origin: Norman
  • Meaning: braid; a surname used as a first name

2. Lachelle

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: sweetheart

3. Laetitia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: gladness
  • Also: Letitia, Lettice

4. Lakeisha

  • Origin: African
  • Meaning: favourite
  • Also: Keisha

5. Lakin

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: treasure

6. Lakshmi

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: birthmark

7. Lala

  • Origin: Slavonic
  • Meaning: tulip flower

8. Lalage

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: babble
  • Also: Lal, Lally

9. Lalita

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: charming

10. Lamorna

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: morning

11. Lana

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: afloat
  • Also: Alana

12. Lani

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: heavenly

13. Lara

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: laurel leaf
  • Also: Larissa

14. Lark

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: name of a bird used as a first name

15. Latanya

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: fairy queen

16. Latasha

  • Origin: America
  • Meaning: born on Christmas Day
  • Also: Latisha

17. Latoya

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: praised woman

18. Latrice

  • Origin: Tanzanian
  • Meaning: noble woman

19. Laura

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: laurel
  • Also: Lauren, Laurencia, Lora, Lori, Laurissa, Loretta

20. Laurel

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: tree or sweet bay tree; the name of a tree used as a first name

21. Lauren

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: tree or sweet bay tree
  • Also: Laura

22. Lavali

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: clove

23. Lavender

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: the name of a plant used as a first name

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24. Lavinia

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: the name of the wife of Aeneas
  • Also: Lavina

25. Leah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: cow
  • Also: Lee, Lea, Lia

26. Leanne

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: merciful
  • Also: Lianne

27. Lee

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: clearing, meadow; surname used as a first name
  • Also: Leigh, Lea

28. Leena

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: dedicated

29. Leila

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: night
  • Also: Leilah, Laila

30. Lena

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: alluring
  • Also: Helen

31. Leonie

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: lion; the feminine form of Leo
  • Also: Lea, Leola, Leona, Leontine, Leontina

32. Leonora

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: compassion, light
  • Also: Eleanor

33. Leontine

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: lion
  • Also: Leonie

34. Lesedi

  • Origin: African
  • Meaning: ray of light

35. Lesley

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: joy; a surname used as a first name
  • Also: Leslie

36. Lethabo

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: happiness

37. Lexie

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: defender of men
  • Also: Alexandra, Lexy

38. Libby

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God’s promise
  • Also: Elizabeth

39. Liese

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God’s promise
  • Also: Elizabeth

40. Lila

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: night, beauty
  • Also: Delilah

41. Lilac

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: the name of a flower used as a first name

42. Lilian

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: purity, related to the flower name, originally a short form of Elizabeth
  • Also: Lil, Lillian, Lillah, Lila, Lillias

43. Lilibet

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God’s promise
  • Also: Elizabeth

44. Lilith

  • Origin: Babylonian
  • Meaning: goddess of storms

45. Lilo

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: generous

46. Lily

  • Origin: English/Latin
  • Meaning: the name of the flower signifying purity and innocence

47. Lina

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: tender
  • Also: Caroline

48. Linda

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: influenced by the Spanish word linda, meaning pretty
  • Also: Lynda, Lindy, Lin, Lyn, Belinda

49. Linden

  • Origin: Old English
  • Meaning: lithe, pliable, flexible

50. Lindsey

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: island of linden trees; a Scottish surname used as a first name; also used as a boy’s name
  • Also: Lindsay, Linsey, Linsay, Linzi

51. Lisa

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God’s promise
  • Also: Elizabeth

52. Lissa

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: God is my oath; short form of Larissa and Meliss

53. Livia

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: blue, envious
  • Also: Olivia

54. Lizzie

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God’s promise
  • Also: Elizabeth

55. Lois

  • Origin: Probably Greek
  • Meaning: uncertain, a biblical name

56. Lola

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: sorrows
  • Also: Dolores, Lolita

57. London

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: the capital city of the UK; also used as a boy’s name
  • Also: Londyn

58. Loretta

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: laurel
  • Also: Laura

59. Lorna

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: victory, fox

60. Lorraine

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: a region in France used as a first name
  • Also: Loraine, Laraine, Lauraine, Lori

61. Lottie

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: little, womanly
  • Also:  Charlotte, Lotty

62. Lotus

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: fruit eaten by an imaginary North African tribe described in Homer’s Odyssey

63. Louella

  • Origin: German
  • Meaning: warrior; a name formed by the combination of Louise and Ella
  • Also: Luella

64. Louise

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: brave warrior; French feminine form of Louis
  • Also: Louisa, Lou, Louie, Lulu

65. Loveday

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: beloved or precious day

66. Lowena

  • Origin: Cornish
  • Meaning: happiness
  • Also: Lowenna

67. Luanna

  • Origin: Hawaiian
  • Meaning: happiness

68. Lucasta

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: pure light; name created by the poet Lovelace

69. Lucille

  • Origin: French
  • Meaning: light
  • Also: Lucilla (Latin form)

70. Lucina

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: light
  • Also: Lucy

71. Lucinda

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: light; poetic form of Lucy
  • Also: Cindy, Cindi, Cindie

72. Lucretia

  • Origin: Italian
  • Meaning: Roman family name used as a first name
  • Also: Lucrece

73. Lucy

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: light
  • Also: Lucia, Lucina; Lucinda, Lucette, Lulu

74. Lu’lu

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: pearl

75. Lupita

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: little wolf

76. Lydia

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a woman from Lydia in Asia Minor

77. Lyn

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: flax hill
  • Also: Carolyn, Linda, Lynette

78. Lynette

  • Origin: Unknown
  • Meaning: idol, derive from the Welsh name Eluned
  • Also: Linet, Linnet, Lynnette, Lyn

79. Lysandra

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: a liberator; the feminine form of Lysander

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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