LAZ-lo; LAS-lo
"glorious ruler"

Laszlo Origin and Meaning

The name Laszlo is a boy's name of Hungarian origin meaning "glorious ruler".

The Hungarian classic Laszlo, with its zippy 'z' middle and energetic 'o' ending, has become something of a hipster option, beginning to be considered by cutting-edge parents.

A name with a royal heritage in its native country in the Ladislaus form, it is still among the top Hungarian names for boys. In Hungary, Laszlo is pronounced with a soft S sound.

Laszlo is probably most familiar to Americans via the noble Paul Henreid character in Casablanca, who was Czech. There have been other fictional Laszlos in Real Genius and the Doctor Who series, and Laszlo is the name of the Ralph Fiennes character in The English Patient.

Real life namesakes include painter Moholy-Nagy and acclaimed cinematographer Kovacs. Two well-known actors who were born with the name Laszlo are Peter Lorre and Leslie Howard.

The spelling of the name is sometimes streamlined to Lazlo.

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Laszlo Popularity

Famous People Named Laszlo

  • László Howard Steinerbirth name of Leslie Howard, English actor
  • László Löwensteinbirth name of Peter Lorre, Austro,Hungarian,American actor
  • László Sólyom3rd President of Hungary
  • László KovácsHungarian cinematographer
  • László Ede AlmásyHungarian aristocrat,and explorer who inspired The English Patient
  • László SzőgyényMarich, Hungarian politician
  • László LajthaHungarian composer
  • László PappHungarian boxer
  • Saint Laszlo Wentz (b.2014)son of musician Pete Wentz
  • László NemesHungarian director

Laszlo in Pop Culture

  • Laszlohalf,pig man in the Doctor Who episode "Daleks in Manhattan".
  • Dr. Laszlo Kreislercharacter in "The Alienist" by Caleb Carr
  • Laszlo (The Butcher)villain in the video game Heroes of Might and Magic V: Hammers of Fate
  • Laszlo Carreidascharacter in the Tintin album Flight 714
  • Laszlo W. Kovica CIA agent in the Battlefield 4 video game
  • Victor Laszlocharacter in film "Casablanca"
  • Lazlo BaneAmerican band that recorded the theme tune for 'Scrubs'
  • Laszlothe main character from the cartoon "Camp Laszlo"
  • Laszlócharacter in Steven Brust's series "Dragaera" and "The Khaavren Romances"
  • László IIIcharacter in "Brokedown Palace" by Steven Brust
  • Laszlo Cravenswortha central vampiric character in What We Do in the Shadows (TV series)
  • Mr. Joe Laszlocharacter in graphic novel "The Okay Witch"