LAZARUS: Hebrew for "God's help." It was Lazarus Christ raised from the dead, according to the New Testament. Relatives: Lazre, Lazar, Lazaro, Laszlo, El'azar. Namesakes: Swifty Lazar, Emma Lazarus, "Victor Laszlo."
LEAH: From the Hebrew for "weary one" and Greek for "glad tidings." Relatives: Lea, Lia, Liah, Lee, Leatrice. Namesake: a wife of Jacob.
LEANDER: From the Greek for "lion." The Leander of yore swam the unreliable Hellespont to court his beloved Hero, but drowned in his attempt. Relatives: Liander, Leandre, Leandro, Leandra.
LEE: Old English for "glade" or Irish Gaelic for "poet." Lee tucks in well between a first and last name and is appreciated equally by boys and girls. Relatives: Leigh, Lea. Namesakes: Lee Remick, Lee Majors, Lee Grant, Lee Iacocca, Lee Strasberg, Robert E. Lee.
LEIF: Old Norse for "beloved." May be pronounced "leaf" or "life." Namesakes: Leif Ericsson, Leif Garrett.
LEILA: Arabic for "dark as the night." Pronounced "Lay-la," this is one of those names with an unmistakable sultry quality. Relatives: Lila, Lillah, Lyla, Leilia, Lela.
LEILANI: Hawaiian for "heavenly flower." We include this exquisite name to encourage parents to consult Hawaiian phone books.
LEITH: Scottish Gaelic for "wide river." Relative: Leathan
LELAND: Old English for "from the meadow land." Perfect for the letterhead of a future Fortune 500 executive. Relatives: Leighton, Layton. Namesakes: Leland Stanford, Charles Leland
LENA: From the Latin for "alluring." Does anyone know where the expression "leaping Lena" comes from? Relatives: Lina, Lenore, Leonore. Namesakes: Lena Horne, Leonore Fleischer, Lina Wermuller.