Laura - Meaning of Laura
[ 2 syll. lau-ra, la-ura ] The baby girl name Laura is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced in English as LAOR-ah or in Dutch, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish as LAW-Raa †. Laura has its origins in the Latin language. It is used largely in Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish. It is derived from the word laurus with the meaning 'laurel, bay'. An original form of the name is Laurentia (Latin). The name was borne by the 9th century Saint Laura of Cordoba, who was martyred in Muslim Spain. The love poetry addressed to 'Laura' by the Italian Renaissance poet Petrarch (1304-1374) popularized the name in the medieval period; the lady referred to could have been Laura de Noves (1308-1348), the wife of Count Hugues de Sade. The name was adopted by English speakers in the 16th century, and it saw a revival in the 19th century from Italian influence. Laura is the feminine equivalent of the English and French Laurence.
The name Laura is used to a great extent; it has 102 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of Laura include Alaura, Lara (used in German and Russian too), Laralyn, Laranca, Larea, Lari, Laria, Laricia, Larilia, Lauene, Lauica, Laur, Lauraine, Laural, Lauralee, Lauralle, Lauralyn, Laurana, Laureen, Laurell, Laurella, Laurelle, Lauren (used in French too), Laurena, Laurencia, Laurenda, Laurene, Laurentia, Laurentine, and Lauressa. Other English forms include the familiar forms Laurel, Laurie, Laurita, Laury, Lauryn, Lollie, Lolly, Loretta (used in Italian too), Lori, and Lorrie, and the spelling variants Laurah, Laurra, Lora (used in German, and Slavic too), and Lorah.
Forms used in foreign languages include Larunda (Spanish), Laurane (French), Lauranne (French), Laure (French and Italian), Laureana (Spanish), Laurence (French), Lauriane (French), Laurin (German), Laurka (Polish), Lauryne (French), Lavra (Russian), Llora (Catalan), Lola (Hawaiian), Lore (German), Lorenza (Italian), Loriana (Italian), Lorina (German), and Lowri (Welsh).
See also the related categories, medieval, martyred (death), romanian, english, latin, portuguese, estonian, wife (sister), spanish, italian, dutch, polish, renaissance, saint, finnish, german, and hungarian.
Laura is an all-time favorite. Currently it is still rather popular as a baby girl name, but to a lesser degree than it was in the past. Its usage peaked in 1968 with 1.096% of baby girls being named Laura. It was #11 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a substantial decline in frequency since then, and in recent times it is used only on a modest scale. In 2018, it ranked at #340 with a usage of 0.051%, but it was nevertheless the 3rd most popular after Lauren and Lola, among all girl names in its family. Lauren was 82% more widely used than Laura in 2018. Laura has primarily been a baby girl name in the last century. In 1968, 343 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Laura.
† Pronunciation for Laura: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; AW as in "cow (K.AW)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"
Details of famous persons named Laura:
Actress Laura Dern, born 10 February 1967, Los Angeles, California.
Actress Laura Linney, born 5 February 1964, New York, New York.
Actress Laura San Giacomo, born 14 November 1961, West Orange, New Jersey.
Author Laura Hillenbrand, Fairfax, Virginia.
Author Laura Ingalls Wilder, born 7 February 1867 - 10 February 1957, Pepin County, Wisconsin.
Radio Personality Laura Schlessinger, born 1947, Brooklyn, New York.
US First Lady Laura Bush, born Laura Welch 4 November 1946, Midland, Texas.