Baby Names: Names Starting with L


LIND: Old English for "linden tree." All the variations are intersing. Relatives: Lin, Linden, Lyndon, Lindell, Lindberg, Lindley, Lindon, Lindt, Linford, Linely, Linton. Namesakes: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Charles Lindbergh, Lindt chocolates.

LINDA: Spanish for "pretty." Linda, although the most popular girl's name in 1950, slippped to fifth place in 1960 and then into fiftieth place in 1970. Lindsay seems to be the choice of the new era. Relatives: Lynda, Lindy, Lindi, Lin, Linden, Belinda. Namesakes: Linda Hunt, Lynda Carter, Belinda Carlisle.

LINDSAY: Old English for "pool island." This lovely name offers parents a wide choice of spelling possibilities. Be careful, though -- it's a chart buster. Relatives: Lindsey, Lyndsay, Lyndsey, Lyndsy, Lynsey, Linsey, Lindy. Namesake: Lindsay Wagner, Vachel Lindsay.

LINETTE: From the Middle French for "linnet bird" or "flaxen." The linnet is a small variety of finch that feeds on flax seeds. Relatives: Linnette, Lynette, Linnet, Linetta, Linn.

LINUS: From the Old French for "flaxen-haired." There is something endearing about the name Linus -- perhaps because of the "Peanuts" character's delighful philosophies. Namesake: Linus Pauling

LIONEL: Old French for "young lion." If Leonard is too obvious for your little Leo, try this one. Relatives: Lyonel, Lionello, Lion, Lyon. * Namesakes: Lionel Barrymore, Lionel Ritchie, Lionel Hampton.

LITTON: Old English for "hillside town." Relative: Lytton. Namesake: Lytton Strachey.

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