Lech was the legendary founder of the Polish nation. His brother Čech founded the Czech nation to the west, and his brother Rus founded the Russian nation to the east. The three brothers were going hunting together, but they ended up in different places due to all following different animals.
While Lech was hunting in the north, he came face-to-face with a fierce white eagle guarding her nest after going to retrieve an arrow. The sight of the eagle against the red setting Sun struck Lech as a great omen, and he decided to settle there. Poland’s coat of arms and flag bear witness to this moment, the former with a white eagle against a red background, and the latter a white stripe above a red stripe.
My character Cinnimin’s grandfather is named Lech. She has a very special relationship with her dziadek
Libor is the Czech form of the Latin name Liberius (free).
Lobel is a rare Croatian name of unknown etymology. He was one of seven siblings (five brothers and two sisters) who led the Croats into Dalmatia in the seventh century.
Lyuban (Serbian, Croatian), Ljuben (Macedonian), and Lyuben (Bulgarian) mean “love.” The feminine form is Lyubov, which of course is the name of the female title/anchor character of my Russian historicals.
Lumír is a Czech name of unknown etymology, though it’s believed the second element derives from meru (famous, great), not the expected miru (peace, world). This was the name of a legendary bard. The feminine form is Lumíra.
Lutobor is a Polish name derived from the Slavic root lut (severe, wild, cold, fierce), which is related to the Polish name for February, Luty. February is indeed a very bitterly cold month in Poland. The second element derives from borit (to fight) or bor (battle).
Lada is a Russian, Czech, Polish, Slovenian, Serbian, and Croatian name. She was a Slavic fertility goddess. The name is of uncertain etymology.
Lahorka means “breeze” in Croatian.
Lepa means “beautiful” in Serbian and Macedonian.
Liběna is a Czech name derived from libý (nice, pleasant) and lyuby (love).
Libuše comes from the same roots as Liběna. She was the legendary founder of Praha (Prague) and co-founder of the Přemyslid dynasty.
Leokadia is the Polish form of the Latin and Spanish name Leocadia (rendered Leocádia in Portuguese). It either derives from the Greek word leukos (white, bright, clear) or the Greek island of Leukadia. My character Cinnimin’s great-grandma is named Leokadia (Lech’s mother), and she’s quite the antagonistic, brutally honest person! She doesn’t approve of anything her son and his family do.