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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Lackey A person sent, an attendant servant.
Lacy Locality            Locality Derived from a place in France by that name. Sire De Lacy came into England with William the Conqueror.
Ladd Welsh               Welsh Lladd, to destroy
Lahey Gaelic              Gaelic Leighiche, a physician
Laing Scottish            Scottish long
Laird Gaelic              Gaelic Lord
Lake A servant
Lam Danish              Danish Lame
Lamb Lamb
Lambert Saxon               Saxon lamb, and beorht, fair
Lambourne Cornish-British     Cornish-British Lambron, the inclosure of the round hill
Lamma Welsh               Welsh Llamu, to skip, leap, jump
Lamport Cornish-British     Cornish-British From lam or lan, a place, and port, a harbor
Lancaster A town and county of England
Lander Welsh               Welsh Llandir. Glebe lands belonging to a parish church, or land containing mineral ore
Landon Cornish-British     Cornish-British Lan, an inclosure, and dun, a hill or town
Landry French              French Landric meaning powerful ruler
Landseer Dutch               Dutch Landsheer, a lord of the manor
Lane Gaelic              Gaelic Llane, a plain; barren, sandy, level lands
Lang German              German tall person
Langton Locality            Locality The long hill or town
Lanham Lavenham, a town in Suffolk, England
Lanman lance-man
Lanphear Gaelic              Gaelic Lann-feur grass-land
Lansing Dutch               Dutch Low, flat lands
Lanyon Cornish-British     Cornish-British furzy inclosure
Laoran Gaelic              Gaelic too fond of the fireside
Laraway French              French Le roi
Lardner swine-herd
Larkins lark, a sweet, shrill, musical bird, and kin, a child
Laroche French              French The rock, a lonely mass of stone
Laroque French              French The rock, a lonely mass of stone
Larry Lawrence
Larway French              French Le roi
Lath Lincolnshire-EnglandLincolnshire-England old word for barn
Latimer interpreter
Latton Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon town on the eminence or side of a hill
Laud Latin               Latin laudis, praise
Lauder Locality            Locality A town in Berwickshire, Scotland
Laurel laurel or bayberry-tree
Laurent French              French Lorens
Lavender French              French Lavandière one who washes
Laverock Scotish             Scotish lark
Law Scotish             Scotish A hill
Lawless Gaelic              Gaelic Lagh, law, order, and lios, a court, a hall, a fortress, a place where law is administered
Lawley Saxon               Saxon A place in the hundred of Blackburn, Shropshire
Lawrence Laurus, the laurel-tree
Lawrie Lawrence
Lawson son of Law
Laycock Locality            Locality A village on the banks of the Avon, in Wiltshire, England
Lea occupation          occupation A pasture, meadow, lands not plowed, a common, a sheltered place
Leadbeater worker in lead
Lear German              German Town on the Ems, in Westphalia
Learned Gealic              Gealic Lear, the sea, and nead, a sheltered place
Leavenworth Welsh               Welsh Llyvngwerth, the smooth, level farm, castle or court, or the worth or place on the river Leven
Leby Locality            Locality A town in Denmark
Lechmere Locality            Locality Lech is a branch of the Rhine, mere, a lake
Lederman German              German leather maker
Ledermann German              German leather maker
Lee A pasture, meadow, lands not plowed, a common, a sheltered place
Leech physician
Leferre French              French Le Ferre, the smith
Lefevre French              French ironworker or smith
Legard Normandy France     Normandy France Le Gard, the guard or protector
Legatt Legate, an ambassador
Legh Locality            Locality A town in England
Lehmann German              German feudal tenant
Lehrer German              German teacher
Leicester Locality            Locality A borough town in England
Leigh Locality            Locality A town in England
Leir German              German town of Lear, on the Ems, in Westphalia
Leland Locality            Locality Laland, an island in Denmark
Lemon French              French Le Moin, the monk
Lennon Gaelic              Gaelic Leannon, a lover, a sweetheart
Lennox Gaelic              Gaelic Laland, an island in Denmark
Lent Lent
Leonard leon, a lion, and ard, Teutonic, nature, disposition
Leppard leopard
Leroy French              French rey, roy king
Leslie from Bartholomew de Leslyn
Lesser German              German custodian of a forest, game keeper
Lester Locality            Locality A borough town in England
Leven Locality            Locality river in Lancashire, England
Levenworth Welsh               Welsh From leven, the open or bare place, and worth, a farm, castle, or mansion
Leveque French              French bishop
Leveret A hare in the first year of its age
Levy Hebrew              Hebrew Levi
Lewes Locality            Locality town in Sussex, England
Lewis French              French Louis
Lewknor Levechenora, the denomination of one of the hundreds of Lincolnshire, England
Lewthwaite Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon thwaite, a piece of ground cleared of wood, and lowe, a hill, law, a hill or eminence
Ley A pasture, meadow, lands not plowed, a common, a sheltered place
Leycester Locality            Locality A borough town in England
Lhuyd Welsh               Welsh Gray or brown
Lichtermann German              German lamplighter
Lightbody Licht, a dead body, a tomb, and Bodee, contracted from Boadicea
Lightfoot swiftness in running, or expertness in dancing
Lilienthal German              German The vale of lilies, from lilie, a lily, and thal, a vale
Lilly A beautiful flower
Lincoln Locality            Locality in England
Lind Saxon               Saxon A place where the lime or linden-trees grow
Lindall Locality            Locality Lin, a brook, a lake, and dal, a dale
Lindfield Locality            Locality field of linden or lime-trees
Lindo Spanish             Spanish Neat, spruce, fine
Lindsay Locality            Locality Manor in the county of Essex, England
Lindsey Locality            Locality Manor in the county of Essex, England
Ling Teutonic            Teutonic long
Linn Locality            Locality A pool, pond, or lake
Linne Locality            Locality A pool, pond, or lake
Linnet A singing bird
Linton Locality            Locality Lin, a lake or pool, and ton, a town
Lippencot Locality            Locality Lippe, a German principality and town on the river Lippe. Cote, side or coast
Lisle French              French L'isle, an island
Lismore Locality            Locality A parish in Argyleshire, Scotland
Litchfield Saxon               Saxon lich, a dead carcase, and field
Littler town, village, or hundred of Little Over
Liu Chinese             Chinese the state of Liu
Livermore Welsh               Welsh lleufer, a light, and mawr, great
Livingstone Locality            Locality A barony in West Lothian, Scotland
Lizard Gaelic              Gaelic lios, a fort, an inclosure, or garden, and ard, high
Llary Welsh               Welsh Mild, easy
Lloyd Welsh               Welsh Gray or brown
Lobdale Gaelic              Gaelic Lub, bending, curving, and dail, a narrow vale or meadow
Lockman Scottish            Scottish public executioner
Logan Gaelic              Gaelic An inclosed plain or low-lying place
Lommis Welsh               Welsh lom, bare, naked, exposed, and maes, a field, a name of place
Long tall and lanky
Lonsdale Locality            Locality Town in Westmoreland, England
Loomis Welsh               Welsh lom, bare, naked, exposed, and maes, a field, a name of place
Lopez Spanish             Spanish Son of Lope
Loppe Locality            Locality An uneven or winding place, a bend
Lord Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon ored, a governor, with the prefix of the letter L, le, denoting the person
Lorimer maker of bits or bridles
Losce Welsh               Welsh Gaelic, Loisg, to burn
Lossie Locality            Locality A river of Scotland, in Elgin or Morayshire
Loudoun the parish of Loudoun in Ayrshire, Scotland
Loughlin Welsh called the Baltic Sea Lychlyn
Loury Scottish            Scottish crafty person, or one who lowers, that is, contracts his brow
Louth Welsh-British       Welsh-British loweth, a garden
Love Danish              Danish lion
Lovel a place in Normandy Lupus the Wolf
Lowe hill
Lower Burder
Lowry Scottish            Scottish a crafty person, or one who lowers, that is, contracts his brow
Lowthwaite Anglo-Saxon         Anglo-Saxon thwaite, a piece of ground cleared of wood, and lowe, a hill, law, a hill or eminence
Lucas Luke
Ludbrock Dutch               Dutch Leather or hairy breeches
Ludlow Locality            Locality Town in North Wales
Lumley Gaelic-Welsh        Gaelic-Welsh lom, bare, and lle, a place
Lusher Dutch               Dutch Lauscher, a hider, a skulker
Lusk Welsh               Welsh Gaelic, Loisg, to burn
Luther German              German loth or laut, loud, famed, fortunate, and er, honor
Lynch A strip of greenwood between the plowed lands in the common field
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