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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.


Variations

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.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Lorelle and Lorraine.

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


Popularity

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)

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

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Laura, Laureen, Laurel, Lauren, Lauretta, Laurette, Lauri, Laurie, Laurine, Lollie in U.S.

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

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