What does Laura mean?
Laura [lau-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.Creative forms:
(female) Laula, Laurai, ..
(male) Laular, Lauroy, .. Middle name pairings:
Laura Karissa (L.K.), ..
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. Demographics)
Shown below is the baby name history of Laura for girls. Laura reached its highest position of #16 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #322 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Laura (#322 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000 are Lauren (#119 in recent rankings), Laurel (#772), Loretta (#1160), Lorena (#1265), Lori (#1608), Lorraine (#1723), Loren (#1891), Lorette, Lorenza, Lorene, Lorie, Lorita, Lorrie, Lorry, Lory, Lorri, Lorretta, Lorine, Lorna, Lorinda, Loree, Laurence, Laurene, Lauretta, Laurena, Laureen, Lauralee, Laure, Laurette, Lauri, Lollie, Lora, Laurine, Laurinda, Laurice, Laurie and Loreen. Other forms, like Lior, are uncommon. These forms of Laura reached the height of their popularity 6 decades ago (adoption of 3.5%) and are now significantly less widespread (adoption 0.3%, ▼92.1%), with versions like Lorie going out of style.
Laura▼ is alike in pronunciation to Lara, Larae, Laray, Laree, Larra, Leora▼, Leorah, Lira, Liri, Lorah, Loria, Lorra, Lorrae, Lowra, Lura▼, Lyra▲ and Lyria. Other recommended names are Azura, Bara, Cara▼, Daira, Darra, Fabra (see Fabia), Fara, Farra, Gavra, Hajra, Iara, Jadra, Kaara, Kara▼, Karra, Katura, Lacara, Lada, Laela, Laina, Lakia, Lalya, Lana▲, Landra, Lanora, Lata, Latia, Lauda, Laural, Laurin, Layla▲, Luba, Lula▼, Luna▲, Lusa, Lyuba, Madra, Mahra, Maira, Marra, Maura, Mavra, Nadra, Noura, Nura, Sabra, Sahra, Saira, Sakura, Sara▼, Sarra, Shura, Tara▼, Taura, Yara, Zahra▲, Zara▲ and Zayra. These names tend to be less frequently used than Laura.See names in meaning and etymology.