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Lachlan is a traditional baby name replete with legacy and longevity. Distinctively Scottish, this name has a level of class and character that has made it popular everywhere from Ireland to Australia. Lachlan “Lachie” Fraser is a character on the Australian soap opera Home and Away, and Lachlan “Lockie” Leonard is the titular protagonist of the bestselling children's book series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning and Origin of the name Lachlan:

Lachlan is an anglicized version of the Gaelic name Lochlann. This name meant “from the land of lakes” and referred to a person of Scandinavian descent. As early as the ninth century, Scottish scribes described Scandinavia as a land of ubiquitous lakes. (As an example, present-day Norway has an estimated 1,200 fjords.) Viking invaders used these fjords to permeate the Scottish Isles and permanently impacted the culture of the region.

Symbolism of the name Lachlan:

Lachlan is a Scottish name that means “from the land of lakes.” During the Viking Age, this name integrated quickly into Scottish culture. For example, the Clann Lachlainn is one of the most recognized kinship groups in the Scottish Highlands. The clan's motto is fortis et fidus (“strong and faithful”) and the clan symbol is the warship.

Nicknames for the name Lachlan:

  • Lach
  • Lachie
  • Lachy
  • Lany
  • Locke
  • Lock
  • Lan
  • Lockie
  • Lenny
  • Lane 
Baby name Lachlan

Style of the name Lachlan:


Gender of the name Lachlan:

Lachlan is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Lachlan:


Number of syllables in the name Lachlan:


Emotion evoked from the name Lachlan:

The name Lachlan evokes feelings of action and adventure.

Alternative spellings for the name Lachlan:

  • Lachlann
  • Lauchlan
  • Lochlan
  • Lochlann
  • Lochlainn
  • Locklin
  • Locklyn

Popularity of the name Lachlan

According to the Social Security Administration index, Lachlan was the 702nd most popular baby name for boys in 2020.

Great middle names for Lachlan and their meanings:

  • Atlas (enduring, steadfast)
  • Booker (bookmaker)
  • Clayton (clay town)
  • Dane (chief, valley)
  • Eric (eternal ruler)
  • Jared (descent, rule, command)
  • Jude (praise)
  • Knoll (hilltop)
  • Ryan (Little King)
  • Vance (marsh, fen)

Famous people with the name Lachlan:

  • Lachlan Anthony Elmer (field hockey player)
  • Lachlan Duff Gordon (politician)
  • Lachlan Donald Ian Mackinnon (convoy commodore)
  • Lachlan Patrick McCaffrey (rugby union player)
  • Lachlan David Morton (road racing cyclist)
  • Lachlan Keith Murdoch (media executive)
  • Lachlan Ross Power (video game commentator)
  • Lachlan “Lachie” Turner (rugby union player)
  • Lachlan Drake (character on American Horror Story: Hotel)
  • Lachlan “Lachie” Fraser (character on the Australian soap opera Home and Away)
  • Lachlan “Lockie” Leonard (titular protagonist of the Lockie Leonard children's book series by Tim Winton)
  • Lachlan Luthor (character on television's Smallville)
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