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pinWhat 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.

Related girl names: Lorelle and Lorraine.

Laura has 2 more related forms via Liora: Leeora and Lior.

Kreatif forms: Lalra, Laula. [more]

pinHow 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 #15 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #318 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Prominent alternative forms of Laura (#318 in recent rankings) appearing in the Top 1000 are Lauren (#94 in recent rankings), Laurel (#817), Loretta, Lori, Lorie, Lorenza, Lorna, Lorrie, Lorri, Lorraine, Lorene, Lorine, Loren, Laurette, Lauretta, Laureen, Lauri, Laurie, Lora, Lollie, Laurine and Lorena. Other forms, like Lior, are uncommon. These forms of Laura reached the height of their popularity 5 decades ago (adoption of 0.48%) and are somewhat less widespread today (adoption 0.08%, 83.8%), with versions like Lori falling out of style. Lauren is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Laura, Laureen, Laurel, Lauren, Lauretta in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Laurette, Lauri, Laurie, Laurine, Lollie in U.S.

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of 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.

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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 similar baby names are Azura, Bara, Cara, Daira, Darra, Fabra, 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.