What does Lauren mean?
Lauren \la(u)-ren\ as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Lauren) is pronounced LAWR-en. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lauren is "the bay, or laurel plant". Feminine of Lawrence or variant of Laura. The earliest feminine form of the name was Laurentia, dating from the time of the early Romans. The name was first made popular by Lauren Bacall in the 1940s. The fashion designer Ralph Lauren has given the name fashionable associations. See also Lorna. Model Lauren Hutton; First Daughter Lauren Bush; basketball player Lauren Jackson.
Lauren has 33 variants: L'Wren, Laren, Larentia, Larentina, Larenzina, Larren, Larryn, Larrynn, Larsina, Larsine, Laryn, Laurence, Laurenne, Laurin, Lauryn, Laurynn, Loren▼, Loren▼, Lorena▼, Lorene▼, Lorenn, Lorenza, Lorin, Lorne, Lorren, Lorrin, Lorrynn, Loryn, Lourenca, Lourence, Lowran, Lowrenn and Lowrynn.
Lauren has 45 more related variations via Laura, Lorna: Laralyn, Laranca, Larea, Lari, Lauraine, Lauralee, Laurana, Laure, Laureen▼, Laurel▼, Laurella, Laurena, Laurene, Laurentia, Laurentine, Laurestine, Lauretha, Lauretta▼, Laurette, Lauri▼, Lauriane, Laurianne, Laurice, Lauricia, Laurie▼, Laurina, Laurinda, Laurine, Laurita, Laurnea, Lavra, Lawra, Lora▼, Loree, Loreen, Lorey, Lori▼, Lorie▼, Lorine▼, Lorna▼, Lorri▼, Lorrie▼, Lorrna, Lorry and Lory.
Lauren is a very popular first name for females (#162 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#29261 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Lauren for girls. Lauren entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its highest position of #10 in the U.S. in 1990, and is at #94 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Lauren and related names. Laura (#318 last year), Lauryn (#515), Laurel (#817), Lori, Lorie, Lorenza, Lorna, Lorrie, Lorri, Lorene, Lorine, Lora, Laurette, Lauretta, Laureen, Lauri, Laurie, Loren, Laurine and Lorena are the popular varying forms of Lauren (#94 last year) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4416%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.1074%, down 75.7%), with versions such as Laura, Lorena, Lauretta, Laureen and Laurie becoming somewhat outmoded. Lauryn (#515) and Lauren (#94) are two of the more trendy names for newborns in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Larena. This name tends to be less frequently used than Lauren.