The Ls of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

Female names:

Lagia (I)

Laria (I) may be a shortened form of Ilaria, a feminine form of Hilarius (cheerful).

Lasia (I)

Laudomia (I) is a form of the Greek name Laodameia, which may mean “to tame the people.”

Liona (T) means “lion.” This was also a Venetian name.

Lionarda (T) is a feminine form of Leonard, which means “brave lion.”

Lukesa (I) is a form of Lucretia (wealth, profit).

Male names:

Lancillotto (I) is a form of Lancelot, which may possibly be an Old French diminutive of Lanzo. If so, it would be an Ancient Germanic name with the root landa (land). During the Middle Ages, it became associated with the Old French word lance (spear, lance).

Lanfrid (I) derives from Old High German root lant and Old Saxon land (land), and Old High German fridu and Old Saxon frithu (peace). This was also a Medieval French and Medieval German name.

Lion (T) means “lion.” This was also a Venetian name.

Lionardo (T) is a form of Leonard, which means “brave lion.”

Loffredo (I) is a form of Godfrey (peace of God).

Luzio (I) is a form of Lucius (light).

Luzzasco (I) may be a combination of Luzzio (see above) and Vasco (crow).

3 thoughts on “The Ls of Medieval Tuscan and Italian names

  1. I didn’t know that Hilarius is a name. My first thought was “it must be difficult to be called Hilarius”, at least in the English speaking part of the world, but then I think it’s just what we are used to and not, right? It has a beautiful meaning. And I find Laria a beautiful name!

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