Love, life, laughter, light – perhaps the loveliest words begin with the letter L. Let’s add your future daughter’s name to the list. Here, we’re exploring girl names that start with L.
Maybe alliterative baby names are a family tradition and you need something to match your new baby’s siblings or surname.
Maybe you just love names beginning with L. Whatever your motive, we hope you find the perfect name right here.
Let’s get started.
What is the most popular L name for a girl?
Luna. In the U.S. in 2020, the most popular L name for a girl was Luna. That’s according to the Social Security Administration. Luna means ‘moon’, and it was popular in Spain and Italy before going global.
But what about some other popular girl names starting with L?
Popular L names for girls
Layla. Eric Clapton’s famous song ‘Layla’ took inspiration from the Arabic word for ‘dark’ or ‘night’. In some countries, girls born during the night are often given this name.
Lily. From the English name of a flower, and a Christian symbol of purity, Lily is a classic L name for girls. And it can be a sweet shortened version of many other names like Lillian or Lilith.
Leah. A name of Hebrew origin, it means ‘weary’ or ‘delicate’. Don’t let that put you off though. It’s a lovely, simple L name that has stood the test of time.
Lillian. An English name that’s seeing a serious revival, Lillian means ‘lily’. And (as of 2020 in the U.S.) it’s the fifth most popular female name that starts with L.
Lucy. Meaning ‘light’ or ‘of light’ and often given to girls born at dawn, Lucy is an enduringly popular L name.
Leilani. Of Hawaiian origin, Leilani means ‘heavenly child’.
Lydia. From the Greek meaning ‘beautiful or noble one’, it’s an ancient name that’s still a favorite.
Liliana. The Spanish and Italian equivalent of Lillian, it has a beautiful Latin vibe.
Lyla. Similar to Layla, Lyla is an Arab name meaning ‘night’ or ‘dark beauty’.
London. No one quite knows the meaning of the word London, but it’s a great choice if you’re looking for unique girl names that start with L.
Londyn. A popular American variation on the name of the English capital city.
Lucia. A Latin equivalent of the English Lucy. It means ‘light’, and is popular across the Mediterranean and in Spanish-speaking countries worldwide.
Leila. A popular alternative spelling of the Arabic word for ‘night’.
Laila. Another variation of Leila, Layla, or Lyla.
Lila. A testament to its popularity these days, this is yet another variation of Layla.
Lilly. Add an extra ‘l’ to the name of the flower and you get Lilly. In some families, this is also a shortened form of Elizabeth.
Lauren. As with the male name Laurence, no one can agree what the name Lauren actually means. You might hear ‘honor’ or ‘wisdom’, it could be the ancient city known as Laurentum or even the laurel plant.
Lola. Short for Dolores, Lola means ‘sorrows’, but it’s still a lovely girls’ name.
Lena. Thought to be short for Helena, Lena means ‘beautiful’ or ‘bright’.
Did you find a name you love? If you’re still looking, or if you’re team yellow and waiting until your baby is born to find out their sex, you might be interested in our list of baby boy names that start with L.