Place Names Starting with L

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LA MARE (Settlement) Medieval French
Means "the pool" in Old French. This was the name of a town in Normandy.
LANDAU (Settlement) German
From Old High German lant meaning "land" and auwa meaning "damp valley". This is the name of a town in the Palatinate region of Germany.
LANGLEY (Settlement) English
From Old English lang "long" and leah "woodland, clearing". This is the name of numerous towns in the United Kingdom and North America.
LASSY (Settlement) French
Derived from Lascius, a Gallo-Roman name of unknown meaning. This is the name of a commune in Calvados, France.
LATHARN (Region) Scottish
Scottish Gaelic form of LORNE.
LAURETUM (Settlement) Ancient Roman
Latin form of LORETO.
LAYTON (Settlement) English
From Old English leac "leek, herb" and tun "enclosure, yard, town". This is the name of towns in England.
LECCE (Settlement & Political Subdivision) Italian
From Latin Licea or Litium, earlier Lupiae. This is the name of a city in southern Italy, as well as a province named for it.
LEFKOROSIA (Country) Greek
Means "white Russia", a Greek calque of BELARUS.
LEHI (Region) Biblical
Means "jawbone" in Hebrew. In the Old Testament this is the name of the site where the hero Samson killed 1,000 men using only a donkey's jawbone.
LEIGHTON (Settlement) English
Variant of LAYTON. This is the name of several English towns.
LEIRE (Mountain) Basque
Possibly from Latin legionarius meaning "pertaining to a legion". This is the name of a mountain in Navarre, the site of an old monastery.
LEITZKAU (Settlement) German
Possibly of Slavic origin. This is the name of a town in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.
LENNOX (Region) Scottish
From Gaelic Leamhnachd, possibly meaning "place of elms". This is the name of a district in Scotland.
LESSELYN (Region) Medieval Scottish
Probably from Gaelic leas celyn meaning "garden of holly". This was the name of a location in Aberdeenshire.
LEYRE (Mountain) Spanish
Spanish form of LEIRE.
LIETUVA (Country) Lithuanian, Latvian
Lithuanian and Latvian form of LITHUANIA.
LINCOLN (Settlement) English
Derived from Brythonic lindo "lake, pool" and Latin colonia "colony". This is a city in eastern England, called Lindum Colonia by the Romans.
LINDSEY (Region) English
Means "LINCOLN island" in Old English. This is the name of a region and historical kingdom in Lincolnshire.
LINTON (Settlement) English
From Old English lind "linden tree" or lin "flax" combined with tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town". This is the name of several towns in the United Kingdom.
LINWOOD (Settlement) English
From Old English lind "linden tree" and wudu meaning "wood, forest". This is the name of a few English towns.
LIONE (Settlement) Italian
Italian form of LYON.
LITAUEN (Country) German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
German and Scandinavian form of LIETUVA.
LITHUANIA (Country) English
From a Latinized form of Lithuanian Lietuva, possibly derived from the name of the small river Letavka. This is the name of a country in the Baltic region of northern Europe.
LITUÂNIA (Country) Portuguese
Portuguese form of LIETUVA.
LITUANIA (Country) Spanish, Italian, Late Roman
Latin form of LIETUVA.
LITUANIE (Country) French
French form of LIETUVA.
LIVET (Settlement) French
Possibly of Gaulish origin. This is the name of several communes in France (especially Normandy).
LOIOLA (Settlement) Basque
Basque form of LOYOLA.
LONDEN (Settlement) Dutch
Dutch form of LONDON.
LONDINIUM (Settlement) Ancient Roman
Latin form of LONDON.
LONDON (Settlement) English, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene
From Latin Londinium, of unknown meaning. This is the capital city of the United Kingdom.
LONDRA (Settlement) Italian
Italian form of LONDON.
LONDRES (Settlement) French, Spanish, Portuguese
French, Spanish and Portuguese form of LONDON.
LONDÝN (Settlement) Czech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of LONDON.
LONDYN (Settlement) Polish
Polish form of LONDON.
LORENA (Political Subdivision) Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian
Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Romanian form of LORRAINE.
LORETO (Settlement) Italian, Spanish
From Latin Lauretum meaning "laurel grove". This is the name of a town in eastern Italy.
LORNE (Region) English
Possibly from the name of the legendary king of Dál Riata, Loarn mac Eirc. This is the name of a region in western Scotland.
LORRAINE (Political Subdivision) French, English
Ultimately from Latin Lothari regnum meaning "kingdom of LOTHAR". Lothar was a Frankish king, the great-grandson of Charlemagne, whose realm was in the part of France now called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen.
LOTHARI REGNUM (Political Subdivision) Late Roman
Latin form of LORRAINE.
LOTHRINGEN (Political Subdivision) German
German form of LORRAINE.
LOYOLA (Settlement) Spanish
From Basque Loiola, from loi meaning "mud". This is the name of a place near the town of Azpeitia in the Basque Country of Spain.
LUGDUNUM (Settlement) Ancient Roman
Latin form of LYON.
LUGODUNON (Settlement) Ancient Celtic
Gaulish form of LYON.
LUGUVALIUM (Settlement) Ancient Roman
Older Roman name of CARLISLE.
LYDIA (Region) Ancient Greek, English
An ancient region on the west coast of Asia Minor, said to be named for the legendary king LYDOS.
LYNDON (Settlement) English
From Old English lind "linden tree" and dun meaning "hill". This is the name of a few towns in the United Kingdom.
LYON (Settlement) French, English, German
From Latin Lugdunum, derived from the name of the Celtic god LUGUS combined with Gaulish dunon meaning "hill fort, citadel". This is the name of a city in central France.
LYONS (Settlement) English
Variant of LYON.