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        Gender: Female Meaning of Laura: "bay laurel" Origin of Laura: Latin Laura's Popularity in 2018: #340

        Laura Origin and Meaning

        The name Laura is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "bay laurel".

        Laura is a hauntingly evocative perennial, never trendy, never dated, feminine without being fussy, with literary links stretching back to Dante. All this makes Laura a more solid choice than any of its more decorative counterparts and one of the most classic girl names starting with L.

        Laura has ranked on the popular names list since official US records have been kept. A frequent Top 20 name from 1963 to 1986, reaching Number 10 in 1969, Laura remained in the Top 100—minus a brief stretch from 1935 to 1944—until as recently as 2001.

        The meaning of the name, laurel, implies victory via the laurel wreath worn by Olympic athletes and Roman emperors. It was first made famous by the Laura to whom the Italian Renaissance poet Petrarch dedicated many of his love poems and was later used by Dickens in Bleak House.

        Well known Lauras include First Lady Bush, Little House writer Ingalls Wilder, designer Ashley, and actors Dern and Linney.

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        Rank in US: #340

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        Laura's International Variations

        Laurice, Lorita, Lauris, Lore (German) Lorezza, Llora, Laurensa, Laurentena, Laurinda, Laureana, Laurita, Laurentia (Spanish) Laurica, Lavra, Laurissa (Russian) Laurenza, (Italian)


        lauraaustin2000 Says:


        I get so annoyed when people call me Lora. I prefer "Láh-rah". But the funny thing about the name is that is really doesn't change from language to language. Its classic.

        laura_eva Says:


        This is my name, and I think it's one of the best.

        TrixieAlba Says:


        My sister's name, but she hates it. She says almost every fictional Laura ever either dies or is already dead when the story begins. I love the sound of ver name but... Yeah, if you begin to notice, there's a lot of fictional dead wives named Laura.

        paulapuddephatt Says:


        Lovely, classic name

        ljet Says:


        My name is Laura and I love it, although I'm really in love with the name Laurel right now and think it is prettier and way less common. I am 16 and I know 4 other Laura's my age, so where I live it's quite common for my age group. Also I was pretty much named after Laura Ingalls too.

        Chae-Eun Says:


        One girl I knew had this name --- she was so sweet. Then she disappeared (from school) one day, and everyone lost contact... I love this name, though it makes me think of dramatic crises.

        Yessica Says:


        How about Lauren?
        This reminds me of grandmas.. mean grandmas
        Maybe I have granny issues even though I don't know a granny named Laura.

        Cleora12345 Says:


        Laura is such a beautiful name. It's sound rolls off the tongue gorgeously, and the meaning is pretty cool. It's softly feminine without being frilly, which is perfect.

        roseofjune Says:


        Who killed Laura Palmer?

        Laur Says:


        My name is Laura, I'm mid 20s, and always had at least one other Laura around in my age range at church, school, etc.

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        Theodora_Phoenix Says:


        When I was little I wanted to be named Laura but now I don't because I (sorry world) don't like Little House on the prarie.

        SoDallas3 Says:


        I find Laura so sweet and endearing. She's classic without being predictable.

        Guest Says:


        Classic and timeless! Love this name

        carmen_florez Says:


        I know a lot of people pronounce it like "Loruh" but I think it's so much more beautiful pronounced the spanish way "laoo-ra"

        kimpossible Says:


        My little sister's name is Laura Elizabeth (Laura Beth). And like many, she was named after Laura Elizabeth Ingalls.

        mill1020 Says:


        This is my name. I am (at least partially) named after L. Ingalls Wilder. It's popular in my age group but not overly so. I like the history and simplicity of it.

        Leah3456 Says:


        When I first started liking names, Laura was my favorite name. The literary association is a plus.

        jasminegarden Says:


        ever since I read the 'Little House' trilogy of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder I have been in love with the name Laura!

        Laura Says:


        Laura is the best name to exist on this planet