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Gender: F Meaning of Laura: "bay laurel" Origin of Laura: Latin Laura's Popularity in 2014: #318

Laura is a hauntingly evocative perennial, never trendy, never dated, feminine without being fussy, with literary links stretching back to Dante. All this makes Laura a more solid choice than any of its more decorative counterparts.

Laura has ranked on the popularity list since official US records have been kept. A frequent Top 20 name from 1963 to 1986, reaching Number 10 in 1969, Laura remained in the Top 100—minus a brief stretch from 1935 to 1944—until as recently as 2001. Laura is currently hot in several countries—she's the sixth most popular name in Denmark and Number 9 in Austria.

The meaning of the name, laurel, implies victory via the laurel wreath worn by Olympic athletes and Roman emperors. It was first made famous by the Laura to whom the Italian Renaissance poet Petrarch dedicated many of his love poems and was later used by Dickens in Bleak House.

Well known Lauras include First Lady Bush, Little House writer Ingalls Wilder, designer Ashley, and actors Dern and Linney.

Famous People Named Laura

Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author and pioneer
Laura Lane Welch Bush, wife of 43rd U.S. president George W. Bush
Laura Prepon, American actress
Laura Leggett Linney, American actress
Laura Elizabeth Dern, American actress
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012
Laura Beatrice Marling, English singer-songwriter and musician
Laura Elizabeth Carmichael, English actress
Laura Marano, American actress
Laura Allen, American actress
Laura Sioux Kirkpatrick, American model
Laura Ilene Benanti, American actress
Laura Fraser, Scottish actress
Laura-Leigh, (born Laura Leigh Moser), American actress
Laura Ann Osnes, American actress and singer
Laura Mennell, Canadian actress
Laura Anne Ingraham, American radio host, author, and political commentator

Pop Culture References for the Name Laura

Laura Wingfield, character in the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Laura Roslin, character on "Battlestar Galactica"
Laura Petrie, from "The Dick van Dyke Show"
Laura Palmer, from the show "Twin Peaks"
Laura Winslow, from the show "Family Matters"
"Laura," song by Scissor Sisters
"Laura," song by Bat For Lashes
Laura Spencer, character from TV soap "General Hospital"
Laura, character from the game Silent Hill 2
Laura Proek, character on "Fortysomething"
Laura Hellinger, from TV series "The Good Wife"
Laura Hollis, character on the web-series, "Carmilla"

Laranca, Larea, Lari, Lauralee, Laureen, Laurel, Laurella, Laurelle, Lauren, Laurena, Laurence, Laurene, Laurentine, Laurestine, Lauretha, Lauretta, Lauri, Lauriane, Laurianne, Lauricia, Laurie, Laurina, Lawra, Lollie, Lolly, Loree, Loreen, Lorelle, Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Loretta, Lorette, Lorey, Lori, Lorie, Lorinda, Lorine, Loris, Lorna, Lorretta, Lorri, Lorrie, Lorry

Laura's International Variations

Lora (Bulgarian) Laurette, Laure (French) Laurice, Lorita, Lauris, Lore (German) Laurenza, Lorenza (Italian) Laurka (Polish) Laurica, Lavra, Laurissa (Russian) Lorezza, Llora, Laurensa, Laurentena, Laurinda, Laureana, Laurita, Laurentia (Spanish)

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