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Girl Names Starting With L

Baby girl names that begin with the letter L have always been popular. Luna is the top L name for girls today in the US, a fact that will surprise many first-time parents (and is sure to shock grandma). Along with Luna, L names in the US Top 100 include Layla, Lily, Lillian, Leah, and Lucy.

Lucia is the top girls' name starting with L in many Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain where it's Number 1. The French Top 10 for girls contains three names starting with L: Louise, Lina, and Lea, with Lena, Lou, and Lola also popular.

The letter L was the most frequent way to start a girl name for several years during the 1960s, thanks to the popularity of Lisa and big sister Linda. There is a wealth of classic L names for girls, such as Lucy, Lydia and Louisa, as well as contemporary favorites like Luna and Layla.

Unique L-starting girl names include a wide range of appealing options, from enchanting Lorelei to the rhythm of music names like Lyric and Lennon. Other rare and recommended L names include animal names Lark and Lynx, color names Lilac and Lavender, the vintage Lavinia and Leonora, the literary Lyra and the nickname-name Lulu.

The full list of girl names beginning with L on Nameberry is featured below. 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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Top Girl Names Starting with L

  • 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 

  • 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 

  • 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 

  • Leah

    Leah was derived from the Hebrew word le’ah, meaning “weary.” In the Old Testament, Leah was the first wife of Jacob, the mother of one daughter, Dinah, and six sons including Reuben,... Read More 

  • Lucy

    Lucy is the English form of the Roman Lucia, which derives from the Latin word "lux" meaning "light." Lucy and Lucia were at one time given to girls born at dawn. Lucy can alternatively be spelled... Read More 

  • Lydia

    Lydia is a very early place name, that of an area of Asia Minor whose inhabitants are credited with the invention of coinage and of having strong musical talent—as well as great wealth. ... Read More 

  • Leilani

    Leilani is derived from the Hawaiian elements lei, meaning “flower,” and lani, “heavenly.” It can also be translated as “royal child,” as lani is connected to high-birth... Read More 

  • Liliana

    This melodious and feminine Latin variation of the Lily family is a favorite in the Hispanic community and would work beautifully with an Anglo surname as well. It's among the Spanish and Read More 

  • Lyla

    The Lyla spelling variation has now superseded the original Lila — the former remains on the rise while the latter is consistently falling in popularity.

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