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.more]
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 #15 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 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.
Thinking of names?
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.