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 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)
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)