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Meaning and Name Origin

Laurel \la(u)-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.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Bay.

Laurel has 43 more related variations via Laura: Laralyn, Larea, Lari, Lauraine, Lauralee, Laurana, Laure, Laureen, Laurella, Lauren, Laurena, Laurence, Laurene, Laurentia, Lauretha, Lauretta, Laurette, Lauri, Lauriane, Laurice, Lauricia, Laurie, Laurina, Laurinda, Laurine, Laurita, Laurnea, Lavra, Lawra, Lora, Loree, Loreen, Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lorey, Lori, Lorie, Lorna, Lorri, Lorrie, Lorry and Lory.


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 (#14568 out of 88799, Top 16%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Laurel for girls. Laurel entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its highest position of #288 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is at #817 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 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 popularity of the girl name Laurel and related names. Prominent variation forms of Laurel (#817 last year) appearing in the Top 1000 are Lauren (#94 last year), Laura (#318), Lori, Lorene, Lorie, Lorri, Lorrie, Lorena, Lorna, Laurine, Lauretta, Laureen, Laurette, Lauri, Lora, Laurie and Loren. These girl names reached the height of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 and have become significantly less popular since, with forms such as Laura, Lorena, Lorene, Lori and Lorna becoming somewhat dated. Lauren (#94) is the most fashionable birth name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Laura, Laureen, Laurel, Lauren, Lauretta, Laurette, Lauri, Laurie, Laurine, Lora in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lori, Lorie, Lorna, Lorri, Lorrie in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Laurelei and Laurelie. These names tend to be less frequently used than Laurel.