Unique Unisex Names Starting With L
Description:One of the most feminine of surname names, calling to mind dresses and doilies.
Meaning:"belonging to God"
Description:Although this is an ancient Old Testament name, it has a pleasant contemporary feel that might appeal to today's parents, who might just as easily use it for a girl.
Description:This body of water runs deep; the best of a group of new possibilities that includes Bay, Ocean, River, and the more established Brook. It has received attention via the actress Lake Bell. Lake would make a particularly cool and refreshing middle name, as Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady did for daughter Vivian.
Origin:Variation of Lake, English
Description:Not quite a nature name and not quite a surname — whatever Laken is or isn't, we know it's definitely a name to watch.
Origin:Native American, Sioux
Meaning:"friend to us"
Description:The name of one of the branches of the Great Sioux Nation has a very namelike sound, but is not used as a name by the Lakota people themselves, and could be seen as appropriative.
Origin:English from French
Meaning:"dweller by a pool"
Description:While it may sound a little dated, Lamar is a name that has never been outside the US Top 1000, but it is in danger of falling off the list.
Origin:Chinese or Vietnamese
Meaning:"orchid, mountain mist"
Description:A unisex Chinese name with a range of meanings, depending on the characters used. As a Chinese male name, "mountain mist" is one of the main reasons. In Vietnamese, it means "orchid".
Origin:Word name or diminutive of Landon
Description:One of the simplest, most down-to-earth yet evocative of the word names, which could work — especially as a middle.
Description:Landon is a popular surname name; it's been dropping slightly in recent years but has surpassed its once more popular rhyming cousin Brandon. For some it may bring back nostalgic memories of Little House on the Prairie 's understanding Pa, played by Michael Landon.
Origin:French and English
Description:St. Landry was a seventh century bishop of Paris, founder of the city's first hospital. The name is more familiar in recent years thanks to legendary Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry, an association that makes this a sports hero name, as well as a thoroughly masculine one. Landry is also in use for girls in the US. Landry is one of the oldest surnames in France, dating back to the medieval period, and is particularly popular among Cajun-Americans. It has been on the Social Security list since 2010.
Origin:Spelling variation of Landon
Description:This creative spelling variation of Landon is widely used but still lags far behind the original.
Meaning:"a small roadway or path"
Description:Lane is a unisex name equally accessible to boys and girls. As a common surname, Lane is attached to such celebrities as Diane and Nathan.
Origin:Diminutive of Elaine
Meaning:"bright shining one"
Description:A kind of old-fashioned nickname name that's enjoying some fresh life thanks to trendy brother Lane. Lainie is a more old-school spelling.
Description:This somewhat snobby-sounding surname popped onto the name map when Mariel Hemingway used it for one of her daughters.
Origin:Wyoming place-name, French
Meaning:"canopy of leafy boughs"
Description:Swaggering western place-name with a lot of cowboy bravado and panache.
Description:The discoverer of this lovely bright blue gemstone named it after his daughter Larissa and the sea (mar), hence Larimar. Despite the feminine origins, the harder -mar ending makes this work for boys too, similar to Delmar and Elmer.
Origin:English bird name
Description:Lark is getting some new and well-deserved attention as a post-Robin and Raven bird name. Although it was first recorded as a name in the 1830's, it has never appeared on the Social Security list.
Description:The additional syllable makes Lark a masculine surname name.
Origin:English botanical name
Description:A rarer-than-rare floral name with a sting in the tail!
Origin:American, a combination of the prefix La- and Shawn
Description:The prefix La- was historically used by the Free Blacks of New Orleans in the nineteenth century to indicate paternity. Thus, someone named Lashawn was the son of Shawn.
Description:Laurel takes Laura back to its meaning in nature, resulting in a gentle, botanical option. Even more directly than Laura, Laurel relates back to the laurel wreath signifying success and peace in ancient Rome.
Description:A feminine form in France, this boyish choice could make a fresh alternative to Lauren or Laura -- or be an inventive way to honor Grandpa Larry.
Origin:English, diminutive of Laura
Description:Morphed into the more streamlined Lori in the sixties, now feels dated for a girl in either spelling. Update Lauren has been renovated as Laurel or Laura itself.
Description:Lawrence has survived from Roman times, when Laurentium was a city noted for its laurel trees (the laurel is a symbol of wisdom and achievement). It was in the Top 50 from the 1890s through the 1950s and the Top 100 for decades longer, always among the most popular boys' names starting with L, but Lawrence is now used less for babies than Landon or Lorenzo. Nickname Lauro perks it up while Larry feels terminally dated. The Laurence spelling was popularized by Sir Laurence Olivier and is also attached to fellow actor Laurence Fishburne.
Origin:Spelling variation of Lake, nature name
Description:Layke is one of the names of the Waldrop sextuplets: Layke Bryars. Though this Layke happens to be a boy, the nature name works equally well for girls.
Meaning:"settlement with a leek garden"
Description:This first name was once a surname derived from Old English. Used quietly a century ago, the current fashion for two-syllable boy names ending in n makes this one a new hit.
Origin:Persian place name
Description:Now deeply associated with the gemstone Lapis Lazuli, Lazuli is derived from one of the places where the stone was first mined. The word Lazuli is the root for words like azure. Lapis Lazuli is a deep and rich blue color and was used for pigments and jewellery.
Description:Leaf is a hippieish choice that, for girls, still retains an evergreen quality.
Description:The original brief, breezy name is somewhat out of favor now even as a middle name. The Leigh spelling has more substance and is more identifiable as female.