Meaning and Name Origin
Laura \la(u)-ra\ 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.
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 (#15771 out of 88799, Top 18%). (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)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Laura and associated names. 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. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and are now significantly less widespread, with versions like Laura, Lorena, Lorine, Lorie and Lori falling out of style. Lauren (#94) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.