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What does Lawrence mean?

Lawrence \la(w)-ren-ce, lawr(e)-nce\ as a boys' name is pronounced LAR-ens, LOR-ens. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lawrence is "from Laurentum". Laurentum was a city south of Rome known for its laurel trees. The name was borne by a popular saint, and was brought to Britain with the Norman Conquest. Lawrence is a later English form of Laurence. See also Laurean, Lorne, and Renzo. Actors Laurence Olivier, Laurence Fishburne; band leader Lawrence Welk; football player Lawrence Taylor; author Laurence Van Der Post; opera singer Lauritz Melchior; impresario Lorenz Ziegfeld.


Lawrence has 46 variants: Larance, Laranz, Larenz, Larrance, Larrence, Larrens, Larrey, Larry, Lars, Laurance, Lauren, Laurence, Laurens, Laurent, Laurentios, Laurentius, Laurenz, Laurie, Laurits, Lauritz, Lavrans, Lavrens, Lawrance, Lawrey, Lawrie, Lawry, Lenci, Lon, Lonny, Lorance, Lorant, Loren, Lorenc, Lorence, Lorencz, Lorens, Lorentz, Lorenz, Lorenzen, Lorenzo, Lorin, Loritz, Lorrence, Lorrenz, Lorry and Lowrance.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Larron.

Lawrence has 5 more alternative forms via Laurean, Lorne: Laureano, Laurian, Lauriano, Lorn and Lornell.

Lawrence has 5 feminine forms: Larsen, Lauren, Laurence, Loren and Lorenza.


Lawrence is a very prominent first name for males (#63 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#219 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Lawrence for boys. Lawrence reached its top rank of #29 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is presently at #462. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lawrence name in U.S.

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

Lorenzo (#227 last year), Larry (#510), Lorenz, Loren, Lorin, Lorne, Lon, Lars, Lauren, Laurence and Lonny are the popular alternative forms of Lawrence (#462 last year) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its highest during 1960-1969 (usage of 0.4305%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1501%, down 65.1%), with versions such as Larry, Lawrence, Laurence, Lonny and Lauren falling out of style. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Lawrence and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Larry, Lars, Lauren, Laurence, Lawrence, Lon, Lonny, Loren, Lorenz, Lorenzo in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lorin, Lorne in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lawrence and related baby names outside U.S.