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What does Laura mean?

Laura /lau-ra/ [2 sylls.] as a girls' name is pronounced LAW-rah, LOR-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Laura is "the bay, or laurel plant".

In classical times, a crown was made from the leaves of the bay laurel for heroes or victors as a symbol of honor and victory. The poet Petrarch addressed his sonnets to a Laura. Also made famous as the name of the heroine of the 1940s film "Laura". Laura was also a character on "Little House on the Prarie" from Little House Books. See also Liora. Actresses Laura Dern, Laura Linney; singer Laura Brannigan; First Lady Laura Bush.


Laura has 59 variants: Laralyn, Laranca, Larea, Lari, Lauraine, Lauralee, Lauralee, Laurana, Laure, Laureen, Laurel, Laurella, Lauren, Laurena, Laurence, Laurene, Laurentia, Laurentine, Laurestine, Lauretha, Lauretta, Laurette, Lauri, Lauriane, Laurianne, Laurice, Lauricia, Laurie, Laurina, Laurinda, Laurine, Laurita, Laurnea, Lavra, Lawra, Lollie, Lolly, Lora, Loree, Loreen, Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lorenza, Loretta, Lorette, Lorey, Lori, Lorie, Lorinda, Lorine, Lorita, Lorna, Lorretta, Lorrette, Lorri, Lorrie, Lorry and Lory.

Related girl names: Lorelle and Lorraine.

Laura has 4 more related forms via Liora: Leeor, Leeora, Lior and Liorit.

Kreatif forms: Lalra, Laula. [more]

How popular is Laura?

Laura is a very prominent first name for females (#22 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#17221 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Laura for girls. Laura reached its highest position of #15 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #318 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Laura name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Laura outside U.S.

Prominent alternative forms of Laura (#318 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 are Lauren (#94 in 2014), Laurel (#817), Loretta, Lori, Lorie, Lorenza, Lorna, Lorrie, Lorri, Lorraine, Lorene, Lorine, Loren, Laurette, Lauretta, Laureen, Lauri, Laurie, Lora, Lollie, Laurine and Lorena. Forms like Liorit are uncommon. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.475%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.077%, down 83.8%), with versions like Laura, Lorena, Lauretta, Laureen and Loren falling out of style. Lauren (#94) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Laura and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Laura, Laureen, Laurel, Lauren, Lauretta in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Laurette, Lauri, Laurie, Laurine, Lollie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lora, Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lorenza in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Loretta, Lori, Lorie, Lorine, Lorna in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lorraine, Lorri, Lorrie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Laura, Lauren, Lorna outside U.S.

Similar Names

Laura is alike in pronunciation to Lara, Larae, Laray, Larra, Leora, Lira, Lorra, Lowra, Lura and Lyra. Other recommended similar baby names are Lauda, Laural, Maura and Taura. These names tend to be less frequently used than Laura.