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Meaning and name origin
Laura \la(u)-ra\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Lauraine, Lauralee, Laralyn, Laranca, Larea, Lari, 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 popular first name for females (#22 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#15771 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Laura for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Laura and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Laura, Laureen, Laurel, Lauren, Lauretta, Laurette, Lauri, Laurie, Laurine, Lollie, Lora, Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lorenza, Loretta, Lori, Lorie, Lorine, Lorna, Lorraine, Lorri and Lorrie. (2015 statistics).
Laura is also pronounced similarly to Lara, Larae, Laray, Larra, Leora, Lira, Lorra, Lowra, Lura and Lyra. Other suggested similar baby names are Lauda, Laural, Maura and Taura. These names tend to be less commonly used than Laura.
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