McBride - Bumpus Genealogy

    Anatomy  of  the  " L " Surnames

Origin - Meanings of Surnames beginning with " L "


                                             L A R D Y
 
French: habitational name from places named Lardy in Seine-et-Oise, Essonne, and Dordogne.




                                             L I K E N S
 
Dutch: patronymic from Liedekin, a pet form of a Germanic personal name beginning with Lied-.




                                              L I N T O N
 
Locality.  From Lin, a lake or pool, and ton, a town.  A parish in Roxburgshire, Scotland.




                                               L I T T L E
 
English: nickname for a small town, or distinguishing epithet for the younger of two bearers of the same personal name, from Middle English littel, Old English/ 'tel, originally a diminutive of l't (see Light).
Irish: translation of Gaelic 'O Beagain 'decendant of Beagan' (see Begin).
Translation of french Petit and Lepetit; also used as an English form of names such as Jen-Petit 'little John'.




                                           L O V E W E L L
 
English (Norfolk): possibly a nickname for a philanderer, from Middle English love(n) 'to love' + well, or variant of Lovell, altered through folk etymology.
Lovell
English: nickname from Anglo-Norman French lo(u)ve'female wol' (feminine form of lou, from Latin lupus) + the diminutive suffix -el.




                                                 L O W R Y
 
Signifies in Scotch a crafty person, or one who lowers, that is, contracts his brow; hence a 'lowry day'--cloudy.




                                                  L U N D E
 
Norwegian: name from any numerous farmsteads named Lunde, from either the plural or the dative singular of old Norse lundr 'grove'.




                                                       L U X
 
German and Ditch: patronymic from a vernacular form of Lucas.
variant of Luchs.
French: name place sonamed in the Cote-d'Or, Haute-Garonne, and Saone-et-Loire.