English spelling variation of Laurie; diminutive of Laura
"from Laurentium or bay laurel"

Lori Origin and Meaning

The name Lori is a girl's name of English origin meaning "from Laurentium or bay laurel".

Lori, with this sleek modern spelling, was an extremely popular name in the middle of the 20th century, ranking among the Top 100 girls' names from the early 1950s until the early 1980s.

But it was that very popularity that sent the name plummeting in popularity, as all the Baby Boomers named Lori began having babies of their own, making Lori (and Laurie) a mom name.

As Lori waned, Lauren rose, reigning at the top of the charts from the eighties through the oughties.

And now that Lauren too is becoming a mom name, what's taking its place? Classic Laura, matriarch of all the Loris, Lauries, and Laurens, is showing signs of revival in the US and ranking in the girls' Top 100 in many diverse European countries, cultures, and languages.

So baby Laura named in honor on grandma Lori brings the name full circle -- with today's little Lauras perhaps naming their own baby girls Lori and Laurie.

# 955 in the US

Lori Rank in US Top 1000

Lori Popularity

Famous People Named Lori

  • Lori Beth DenbergAmerican comedienne
  • Lori Anne LoughlinAmerican actress
  • Lori McNeilAmerican tennis player
  • Lori SingerAmerican actress
  • Lori BalmerAustralian pop singer
  • Lori Fullington aka PeachesAmerican pro wrestler
  • Lori BlackAmerican musician formerly of The Melvins, daughter of actress/diplomat Shirley Temple Black
  • Lori Lynn LivelyAmerican actress
  • Lori PettyAmerican actress
  • Lori FosterAmerican romance novelist
  • Lori DungeyNew Zealand actress
  • Lori CardilleAmerican actress
  • Lori Helene BerensonAmerican revolutionary and activist
  • Lori Christine ChalupnyAmerican soccer player

Lori in Pop Culture

  • Lori Grimescharacter on TV's "The Walking Dead"
  • Lori Collinscharacter in the movie "Ted"
  • Lori Lemarismermaid in DC Comics
  • Lori Zechlin aka Black Alicecharacter in DC Comics
  • Loricharacter in anime "Zatch Bell!"
  • Lori Louda character in the Nickelodeon cartoon "The Loud House"