Lodema


Gender: Feminine

Origin: English

Meaning: “Guide; compass.”

Pronunciation: (loh-DEM-ah)

Nicknames: Loda, Lodi, Lottie, Ludy, Luey, Demi

Detail: Literally, the word refers to a lodestone, a piece of the mineral magnetite that acts like a magnet.

Variations:

  • Lodema
  • Lodemia
  • Loudema
  • Ludelia
  • Ludema
  • Ludemia
  • Ludemy

Ludovic


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Germanic

Meaning: “Famed warrior.”

Pronunciation: (LOO-doh-vik)

Nicknames: Ludo, Lu, Dov, Vic

Detail: From the Germanic name Chlodovech, composed of the elements hlud “fame” and wig “warrior”.

In the Harry Potter series, Ludovic Bagman was a quidditch beater for the Wimbourne Wasps and Head of the Department of Games and Sports within the Ministry of Magic.

Linnea


Gender: Feminine

Origin: Swedish

Meaning: “Linnaea flower.”

Pronunciation: (lih-NEY-ah); (LIH-nee-ah)

Nicknames: Leah, Nea, Naya

Detail: From the name of a flower, also known as the twinflower.

It was named by the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who named it after himself, it being his favourite flower.

Lark


Gender: Feminine 

Origin: English

Meaning: “Bird.”

Pronunciation: (lark)

Nicknames: Lar, Larky

Detail: Lark is a type of lighthearted, playful songbird.

The River Lark is a river in England, which crosses the border between Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Lark means “Cloud” in Australian Aboriginal

Lorenzo


Gender: Masculine

Origin: Latin

Meaning: “Man from Laurentum.”

Pronunciation: (loh-REN-zoh)

Nicknames: Lozo, Enzo, Renzo, Lenzo

Detail: Italian and Spanish form of Laurentius, which meant “from Laurentum”, its name probably deriving from Latin laurus “laurel”.

Saint Laurence was a 3rd-century deacon and martyr from Rome.

In the Middle Ages this name was common in England (in a variety of spellings), partly because of a second saint by this name, a 7th-century archbishop of Canterbury.

Lilith


Lilith (1892) by John Collier

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Sumerian

Meaning: “Of the Night.”

Pronunciation: (LIL-ith)

Nicknames: Lil, Lily, Lith, Lithie, Lila

Detail: In mythology, this is the name of a Mesopotamian / Sumerian goddess of storms. The oldest story considers Lilith to be Adam’s first wife.

Apolline


Saint Apollonia by James Christensen

Gender: Feminine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “Strength; to destroy.”

Pronunciation: Eng (ap-oll-LINE); Fre (ap-oll-EEN)

Detail: St. Apollonia was martyred for not renouncing her faith during the reign of Emperor Philip. Apollonia had all her teeth knocked out after being hit in the face by a Christian persecutor under the reign of Emperor Philip. After she was threatened with fire unless she renounced her faith, Apollonia jumped into the flames voluntarily. She is considered the patron of dental diseases and is often invoked by those with toothaches. Ancient art depicts her with a golden tooth at the end of her necklace. Also in art, she is seen with pincers holding a tooth.

Apolline was the mother of Fleur Delacour in the Harry Potter series.

In Greek mythology, Apollo was the great Olympian god of prophecy and oracles, healing, plague and disease, music, song and poetry, archery, and the protection of the young. Later he also became the god of the sun and light. Apollo was the son of Zeus and Leto and the twin of Artemis.

Nicknames: Apple, Lena, Lona, Polly

Variations:

  • Abelone (Scandinavian)
  • Apolena (Czech and Slavic)
  • Apolline (French)
  • Apolonia (Polish)
  • Apolonija (Slavic)
  • Lona (German short form)