What does Laverne mean?
Laverne \l(a)-ver-ne, lav(e)-rne\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Laverne) is pronounced la-VERN. It is of Latin origin. The name of a Roman goddess who was patroness of minor criminals. It was probably adopted as a name based on a mistaken belief that it is similar to the word for "green" ("vert" or "verde") in romance languages, giving it connotations of green trees or springtime.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Verna.
Laverne is a very prominent first name for women (#455 out of 4276, Top 11%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#44027 out of 150436, Top 29%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Laverne for girls. Laverne entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its peak rank of #180 in the U.S. during the years 1920-1929, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Verna, Laverna and Lavern are the popular variation forms of Laverne ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names reached its apex during 1920-1929 (usage of 0.5723%) and has become much less since, with the forms Lavern, Laverna, Laverne and Verna becoming less fashionable. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Laverne and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)