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What does Laurel mean?

Laurel Pronunciation of Laurel [lau-rel] as a girls' name is pronounced LAWR-el. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Laurel is "the bay, or laurel plant". Nature name related to Laura.

Associated with: nature.


Laurel has 8 variants: Laural, Lauralle, Laurell, Laurelle, Lauriel, Loralle, Lorel and Lorelle.

Affiliated girl name: Bay.

26 more relations via Laura: Larea, Lari, Lauralee, Laurana, Laure, Laureen, Laurella, Lauren, Laurena, Laurence, Laurene, Lauretha, Lauretta, Laurette, Lauri, Laurice, Laurie, Laurina, Laurine, Laurita, Laurnea, Lavra, Lawra, Loree, Loren and Lorey.

Creative forms:
(female) Lirel, Loerel, ..

(male) Lauall, Laule, ..

Middle name pairings:
Laurel Jackeline (L.J.), ..

How popular is Laurel?

Laurel is a very popular first name for females (#550 out of 4276, Top 13%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#15217 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Laurel reached its highest position of #283 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #772 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Laurel name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Lauren (#119 from recent data), Laura (#322), Loren (#1891), Lauri, Laurice, Laurie, Laurette, Loree, Laurine, Laurene, Laure, Lauralee, Laureen, Laurena, Laurence and Lauretta are the prominent variation forms of Laurel (#772 from recent data) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Laurel reached the height of their popularity in the year 1990 (usage of 2.3%) and have become significantly less common since (usage 0.25%, 89%), with forms such as Lauren becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Laurel, Laura, Lauralee, Laure, Laureen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lauren, Laurena, Laurence, Laurene, Lauretta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Laurette, Lauri, Laurice, Laurie, Laurine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Loree, Loren in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Laurel is alike in pronunciation to Loriel. Other suggested similar names are Andrel, Aurel, Auriel, Averel, Carel, Cariel, Carmel, Dael, Darcel, Darel, Darrel, Gabriel, Gael, Jael, Janiel, Jannel, Jayel, Karel, Katriel, Lacee, Lael, Laicey, Laidey, Laiken, Laine, Lainey, Laisey, Laken, Laleh, Lanae, Lane, Laney, Lanie, Larae, Laray, Laree, Laren, Larena, Larra, Larren, Laryn, Lauda, Laurelei, Laurelie, Laurenca, Laurenne, Laurin, Lauryn, Layne, Leisel, Liesel, Lisel, Loire, Lorree, Lorren, Luce, Luned, Lunet, Lupe, Lurdes, Lyndel, Maidel, Mariel, Maure, Maybel, Merel, Muriel, Orel, Rahel, Raquel, Rayzel, Sharel, Sorel and Sorrel. These names tend to be less frequently used than Laurel.

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