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Top Baby Names Starting with L

Baby names starting with L are some of the most appealing choices today, as many possess a coveted lilting and lyrical quality. The most popular L name for boys, Liam, is also the most common boy name nationally, ahead of its parent name, William, and biblical Noah. Moon goddess name Luna holds the title for girls after getting a big boost from the Harry Potter series.

Along with Luna, other girl names beginning with L in the US Top 100 include Layla, Lily, Lillian, Leah, and Lucy. Along with Liam, other boy names starting with L in the US Top 100 include Lucas, Logan, Levi, Lincoln, and Leo.

International popularity lists feature a wealth of rare L names ideal for import. Germany counts Linus among its top names for boys, and Leni for girls. In France, nickname name Lilou and leonine Leonie are common for girls, while in the Netherlands vintage-revival Lois is big. The unisex name Lior is a top name for girls and boys in Israel and could easily catch on in the US as well.

Here, our complete selection of baby names starting with L. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 baby names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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  • Liam

    Liam originated as a nickname for Uilliam, the Irish variation of William. William is an English name from Germanic roots that was brought to Ireland when the British fled England following the... Read More 

  • Lucas

    Lucas is the Latin derivation of the Greek name Loukas. The meaning of the name references Lucania, an ancient territory in Southern Italy. Lucas is related to the names Luke and Luca; however,... Read More 

  • Luna

    The name of the Roman goddess of the moon, Luna is derived straight from the Latin word for moon, luna. Luna’s divine complement is Sol, the god of the Sun. In Roman art, Luna is often depicted... Read More 

  • Logan

    Logan originated as a Scottish surname which was derived from a place of that name in Ayrshire. The place name came from lagan, a Scottish Gaelic diminutive of lag, meaning... Read More 

  • Layla

    Layla is derived from the Semitic element layl, meaning “night.” It has roots in the Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian languages. In the Arabic story Qays and Layla, Layla is the... Read More 

  • Levi

    In the Old Testament, Levi was the third son of Leah and Jacob, from whom the priestly tribe of Levites descended; in the New Testament, Levi was Matthew's given name before he became an apostle.... Read More 

  • Luke

    Luke originated as a short form of Lucas, a Latin derivation of the Greek name Loukas. The most famous bearer of the name is the first-century Greek physician—an evangelist and friend of Saint... Read More 

  • Lily

    Lily came into use as a given name as a direct influence of the flower. The floral name was derived from the Latin lilium, itself derived from the Greek leirion. Lily later... Read More 

  • Lillian

    Lillian is having a remarkable revival, rising to a peak of Number 21 in 2010 (the highest it's been since the 1920's) before dipping slightly in recent years. It was a Top 10 name in its Lillian... Read More 

  • Leo

    Leo was derived from the Latin leo, meaning “lion.” Thirteen popes have carried the name, including St. Leo the Great. In Germanic languages, Leo has historically been used as a nickname... Read More