What does Laura mean?
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.Kreatif forms:
(female) Laula, Laurai, ..
(male) Laular, Lauroy, ..
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 #318 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Prominent alternative forms of Laura (#318 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 2000 are Lauren (#94 in recent rankings), Laurel (#817), Lorena (#1218), Loretta (#1322), Lori (#1670), Lorraine (#1813), Lorie, Lorene, Lorenza, Lorinda, Lorette, Lorna, Lorry, Lory, Lorrie, Lorri, Lorita, Lorretta, Lorine, Loree, Laurence, Laurene, Lauretta, Laurena, Laureen, Lauralee, Laure, Laurette, Lauri, Lollie, Lora, Loreen, Laurine, Laurinda, Laurice, Laurie and Loren. Other forms, like Lior, are uncommon. These forms of Laura reached the height of their popularity 5 decades ago (adoption of 3.5%) and are now significantly less widespread (adoption 0.3%, ▼90.9%), with versions like Lorna 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.