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, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#15771 out of 88799, Top 18%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Laura for girls. Laura reached its highest rank of #15 in the U.S. in 1960-1969 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Laura and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Lauren (#94), Laura (#318), Laurel (#817), Loretta, Lori, Lorie, Lorenza, Lorna, Lorrie, Lorri, Lorraine, Lorene, Lorine, Loren, Laurette, Lauretta, Laureen, Lauri, Laurie, Lora, Lollie, Laurine and Lorena. (Source: 2014 Birth Name 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.