"from Laurentium or bay laurel"

Lawrence Origin and Meaning

The name Lawrence is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "from Laurentium or bay laurel".

Lawrence has survived from Roman times, when Laurentium was a city noted for its laurel trees (the laurel is a symbol of wisdom and achievement). It was in the Top 50 from the 1890s through the 1950s and the Top 100 for decades longer, always among the most popular boys' names starting with L, but Lawrence is now used less for babies than Landon or Lorenzo.

Nickname Lauro perks it up while Larry feels terminally dated. Loren and Laurie make it more unisex. The Laurence spelling was popularized by Sir Laurence Olivier and is also attached to fellow actor Laurence Fishburne.

# 559 in the US

Lawrence Rank in US Top 1000

# 197 on Nameberry

Lawrence Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lawrence Popularity

Famous People Named Lawrence

  • Lawrence O'DonnellMSNBC news anchor
  • Saint Lawrence of Romeancient martyr
  • Lawrence TaylorAmerican football player
  • Lawrence TynesAmerican football player
  • Lawrence JoelAmerican war hero
  • Lawrence GrayAmerican actor
  • Lawrence WelkAmerican entertainer and band leader
  • Lawrence Maxwell KraussCanadian,American theoretical physicist and cosmologist
  • Lawrence LessigAmerican academic and political activist
  • Thomas Edward Lawrence aka Lawrence of ArabiaBritish colonel
  • David Herbert "D.H." LawrenceEnglish novelist
  • Lawrence Henry "Larry" Summersformer U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
  • Lawrence George DurrellBritish novelist
  • Lawrence (Hayward)English musician of bands Felt, Denim and Go Kart Mozart
  • Lawrence Edward KasdanAmerican screenwriter and producer
  • William Lawrence BraggBritish,Australian physicist and Nobel Prize winner

Lawrence in Pop Culture

  • Lawrence "Larry" Daleycharacter in Night at the "Museum"
  • Lawrence Fletcherfather on animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
  • Lawrence Seldencharacter in Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth
  • Lawrence Anthony "Larry" Bealefrom TV series "Even Stevens"
  • Lawrence "Moe" Curlscharacter from game series 'Ace Attorney'
  • Lawrence Poiriercharacter in comic strip "For Better or for Worse"
  • "The Lawrence Welk Show"
  • Lawrence Gordoncharacter in Saw movie franchise
  • Nicknames: LarryLary, Law, Lawry

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