LUTHER: Old German for "warrior." Relatives: Lutera, Lothaire, Lotario. Namesakes: Luther Adler, Luther Burbank, Luther Vandross.
LYDIA: From the Greek for "a woman from Persia." A pretty change from the more familiar Linda. Relatives: Lydie, Lidia. Namesake: Lydia Pinkham.
LYLE: From the Old French for "island." Relatives: Lisle, Lyell. Namesakes: Lyle Lovett, Lyle Alzado, Sparky Lyle, "Lyle Crocodile."
LYMAN: Middle English for "from the meadow." Relative: Leyman. Namesakes: L(yman) Frank Baum, Lyman Bostock, Lyman Beecher.
LYNDON: Old English for "linden tree." Appropriate name for a baby Democrat. Relatives: Lindon, Linden. Namesakes: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Barry Lyndon.
LYNN: Old English for "waterfall." A charming euphonic sound, this works well as a middle name or as a suffix. Relatives: Lynne, Lyn, Lin, Linn, Linell, Linette, Lyndel, Lynna, Lina, Lynnette, Lynette, Lynley. Namesakes: Lynn Swann, Loretta Lynn.
LYSANDER: Greek for "liberator." A little precious, but it might work for a girl. Relative: Lysandra.