"laurel or bay tree"

Laurel Origin and Meaning

The name Laurel is a boy's name meaning "laurel or bay tree".

Laurel puts the natural meanings of all the Laur- names front and center, making it a gentle, botanical option. Laurel relates back to the laurel wreath, signifying success and peace in ancient Rome.

Although mostly female in recent years, Laurel was originally a unisex name. For boys, it has a slight British flavor – perhaps reminiscent of the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy.