LETHA: From the Greek for "forgetful." Relatives: Lethia, Leitha, Leithia, Leda, Leta. Namesake: "Leda and the Swan."
LETITIA: From the Latin for "joy." For the well-mannered baby.
Relatives: Leticia, Letice, Letizia, Letycia, Leetice, Leta, Letty, Ticia, Tish. Namesakes: Letitia Baldridge, Letty Cottin Pogrebin.
LEVI: From the Hebrew for "united." The international synonym for "blue jeans." You'll never have to sew labels into his denims for camp. The biblical Levi founded the tribe known as the Levites. Relative: Lev. Namesakes: son of Jacob and Leah, Levi Strauss, Primo Levi.
LIANA: From the French for "vine." A particularly melodic name. Relatives: Lianna, Lianne, Liane, Leana.
LILITH: Origin unknown; possibly Sumerian for "ghost." Ancient legends depict Lilith as a hag associated with storms and demons. The Hebrew legend suggests Lilith was created as the same time as Adam but refused to be anything less than his equal. Unwilling to be his wife, she was expelled from Eden to become one with the air. Relatives: Lilyth, Lily.
LILY: From the Latin, lilium, for the flower. The lily, a flower of infinite varieties, is associated with purity, chastity, and innocence. The name has been making a strong comeback in the last few years. Relatives: Lilian, Lily Ann, Lilian, Lilianne, Liliana, Lilias, Lilly, Lili, Lila, Lilia, Lil, Lis. Namesakes: Lillian Hellman, Lillian Vernon, "Lili Marlene," Lily Tomlin.
LINCOLN: Old English for "home by the pond." A fine old family nae=me made famous by the sixteenth president of the United States. Relatives: Linc, Link. Namesakes: Lincoln Steffens, Lincoln logs.