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What does Laura mean?

Laura Pronunciation of Laura as a girls' name is pronounced LAW-rah, LOR-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Laura is "the bay, or laurel plant". In classical times, a crown was made from the leaves of the bay laurel for heroes or victors as a symbol of honor and victory. The poet Petrarch addressed his sonnets to a Laura. Also made famous as the name of the heroine of the 1940s film "Laura". Laura was also a character on "Little House on the Prarie" from Little House Books. See also Liora. Actresses Laura Dern, Laura Linney; singer Laura Brannigan; First Lady Laura Bush.


ASSOCIATED WITH classical (medieval), crown (queen), victory, little, books (literary), lady (noble)


VARIANTS Lauraine, Lauralee, Laralyn, Laranca, Larea, Lari, Lauralee, Laurana, Laure, Laureen, Laurel, Laurella, Lauren, Laurena, Laurence, Laurene, Laurentia, Laurentine, Laurestine, Lauretha, Lauretta, Laurette, Lauri, Lauriane, Laurianne, Laurice, Lauricia, Laurie, Laurina, Laurinda, Laurine, Laurita, Laurnea, Lavra, Lawra, Lollie, Lolly, Lora, Loree, Loreen, Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lorenza, Loretta, Lorette, Lorey, Lori, Lorie, Lorinda, Lorine, Lorita, Lorna, Lorretta, Lorrette, Lorri, Lorrie, Lorry, Lory

SEE ALSO Lorelle, Lorraine


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How popular is Laura?

Laura is a very prominent first name for females (#22 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#17221 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Laura reached its highest position of #16 in the U.S. during 1960-1969, and is at #340 currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Laura name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Laura (#340 IN RECENT RANKINGS) appearing in the Top 2000 are Lauren (#171), Laurel (#623), Loretta (#1085), Lorena (#1185), Lorraine (#1570), Lori (#1575), Loren (#1932), Lorrie, Lorri, Lorretta, Lorna, Lorine, Lorinda, Lorie, Lorette, Lorry, Lorenza, Lorene, Lorita, Loreen, Lauralee, Laurette, Laure, Laureen, Laurena, Laurence, Laurene, Lauretta, Lauri, Loree, Laurice, Laurie, Laurinda, Laurine, Lollie, Lora and Lory. Other forms, like Lior, are uncommon. These forms of Laura reached the height of their popularity 6 decades ago (ADOPTION OF 3%) and are now significantly less widespread (ADOPTION 0.2%, 92.4%), with versions like Lorena going out of style.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Laura, Lauralee, Laure, Laureen, Laurel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lauren, Laurena, Laurence, Laurene, Lauretta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Laurette, Lauri, Laurice, Laurie, Laurinda in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Laurine, Lollie, Lora, Loree, Loreen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lorenza, Loretta in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lorette, Lori, Lorie, Lorinda, Lorine in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lorita, Lorna, Lorraine, Lorretta, Lorri in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lorrie, Lorry, Lory in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Laura is alike in pronunciation to Lara, Larae, Laray, Laree, Larra, Leora, Leorah, Lira, Liri, Lorah, Loria, Lorra, Lorrae, Lowra, Lura, Lyra and Lyria. Other recommended sound-alike names are Azura, Bara, Cara, Daira, Darra, Fabra (see Fabia), Fara, Farra, Gavra, Hajra, Iara, Jadra, Kaara, Kara, Karra, Katura, Lacara, Lada, Laela, Laina, Lakia, Lalya, Lana, Landra, Lanora, Lata, Latia, Lauda, Laural, Laurin, Layla, Luba, Lula, Luna, Lusa, Lyuba, Madra, Mahra, Maira, Marra, Maura, Mavra, Nadra, Noura, Nura, Sabra, Sahra, Saira, Sakura, Sara, Sarra, Shura, Tara, Taura, Yara, Zahra, Zara and Zayra. These names tend to be less frequently used than Laura.

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