LACK-lin or LOCK-lin
"from the fjord-land"

Lachlan Origin and Meaning

The name Lachlan is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "from the fjord-land".

Lachlan is as Scottish as haggis and tartan plaid kilts—a favorite used throughout England, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand—and just beginning to be noticed in the US: it reached the Top 1000 for the first time in 2013. An ancient name, Lachlan was originally used to describe the Viking invaders of Scotland, those from the land of the lochs.

Americans and Australians tend to pronounce the first syllable of the name like Lock, but the genuine Scottish pronunciation sounds more like Lack.

In Ireland, the name was Anglicized as Laughlin; in Scotland the pet forms are Lach, Lachie, or Lockie.

Lachlan has been a top name in Australia for at least a decade. It has been in the headlines recently via the eldest son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Somewhat surprisingly, Lachlan has US presidential cred, as the son of tenth president John Tyler, whose other children included Lyon, Letitia, Tazewell, and Pearl.

# 771 in the US

Lachlan Rank in US Top 1000

# 77 on Nameberry

Lachlan Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lachlan Popularity

Famous People Named Lachlan

  • Lachlan MacquarieAustralian politician; Governor of New South Wales
  • Lachlan Keith MurdochAustralian businessman; son of media magnate Rupert Murdoch
  • Lachlan BuchananAustralian actor
  • Lachlan KeeffeAustralian rules footballer
  • Lachlan HansenAustralian rules footballer
  • Lachlan PlowmanAustralian rules footballer
  • Lachlan NieboerEnglish actor
  • Lachlan David "Lachie" TurnerAustralian rugby union player
  • Lachlan Westmember of Australian band The Griswolds
  • Lachlan Ross Power aka LachlanPlayzAustralian YouTuber
  • Lachlan Tylerson of 10th U.S. President John Tyler
  • Lachlan Stephens (b. 2012)son of tennis player Cara Black and Brett Stephens
  • Lachlan Caskeymember of Australian band Last Dinosaurs
  • Lachlan Watsonnonbinary actor in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Lachlan in Pop Culture

  • Lachlan Luthorcharacter on TV's "Smallville"
  • Lachlan "Lachie" Frasercharacter on Australian soap "Home and Away"
  • Lachlan Moorecharacter on TV's "Jane the Virgin"
  • Lachlan Drakecharacter in "American Horror Story: Hotel"