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What does Laurel mean?

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.


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

Affiliated girl name: Bay.

Laurel has 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.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Laurelli, Lirel, ..

(male) Laurellow, Laurelly, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name history of Laurel for girls. Laurel reached its highest position of #283 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #817 currently. (2014 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.

Displayed below is an analysis of the history of the girl name Laurel and related names. Lauren (#94 from recent data), Laura (#318), Loren, Lauri, Laurice, Laurie, Laurette, Loree, Laurine, Laurene, Laure, Lauralee, Laureen, Laurena, Laurence and Lauretta are the prominent variation forms of Laurel (#817 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 0.3%, 87%), 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.