English from Latin
"from Laurentum or bay laurel"

Laurence Origin and Meaning

The name Laurence is a boy's name meaning "from Laurentum or bay laurel".

Lawrence is the dominant spelling in the US, but in the UK Laurence and Lawrence are given in almost equal numbers each year, often with the adorable nickname Laurie or Lawrie. British actor Sir Laurence Olivier is a famous bearer.

There have been several saints with the name Laurence, which account for its historic popularity in the Christian world. Nowadays, it's an underused classic with a warm, distinguished appeal.

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Famous People Named Laurence

  • Laurence Kerr OlivierBaron Olivier, English actor
  • Laurence SterneAnglo,Irish novelist
  • Laurence John Fishburne IIIAmerican actor
  • Laurence Eugene "Lon" MyersAmerican world,record,setting runner
  • Laurence George "Laurie" MainAustralian actor
  • Laurence Tureaud aka Mr. T.American actor
  • Laurence Paul FoxEnglish actor
  • (Laurence) Kim PeekAmerican savant and was inspiration for movie "Rain Man"
  • Laurence Harvey (born Zvi Mosheh Skikne)Lithuanian actor
  • (Robert) Laurence BinyonEnglish poet
  • Laurence LeavyAmerican Lawyer, better known as the Marlins Man

Laurence in Pop Culture

  • Theodore "Laurie" Laurencecharacter in "Little Women"
  • Laurence Dominiccharacter on TV's Dollhouse
  • Laurencecharacter in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" by J.K. Rowling

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