Names That Mean Bay
Meaning:"laurel tree, bay tree"
Description:In Greek mythology, Daphne was the nymph daughter of Peneus, a river god. Peneus saved Daphne from Apollo’s romantic obsessions by transforming her into a laurel tree. It is from this myth that the plant genus daphne, which contains the laurel species, gets its name.
Description: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 and one of the most classic girl names starting with L.
Origin:English variation of Laura
Description:Lauren was derived from Laurence, an English name from the Roman family name Laurentius, meaning “from Laurentum.” Laurentum, an ancient Italian city, got its name from the Latin word laurus, meaning “bay laurel.” Lauren was originally a masculine name but was embraced as a feminine name after Betty Joan Perske chose it for her stage name, Lauren Bacall, in 1944.
Origin:English variation of Italian Lauretta; diminutive of Laura
Description:Though Loretta has long ago lost its Latin flair, fashionable Sarah Jessica Parker's choice of it as the middle name of one of her twin daughters freshens it up a bit. It's one of several such names, like Anita and Rita that we can envision making a comeback.
Origin:English spelling variation of Laurie; diminutive of Laura
Origin:English, diminutive of Laura
Description:Morphed into the more streamlined Lori in the sixties, now feels dated for a girl in either spelling. Update Lauren has been renovated as Laurel or Laura itself.
Origin:Turkish variation of Daphne
Meaning:"bay tree, laurel tree"
Description:Defne is one of the most popular names for baby girls in Turkey, ranking at the top of the list along with Zeynep and Elif. This is one girls' name that makes an easy transition to English-speaking countries or that could work for a family with roots in both cultures.
Origin:Italian diminutive of Laura
Description:The first syllable of Laura in Italian rhymes with now, so Lauretta does not really sound like the decidedly midcentury Loretta thought most English speakers will pronounce it that way. Still, this Italian names for girls feels more closely related to the classic beauty Laura and somehow more charming and unusual.
Description:This possible word name, which rhymes with Maia, makes an even more distinctive alternative.
Origin:Variation of Lauren or Laura, Latin
Description:Lauran may not be a spelling used much currently, but it was given to baby girls fairly frequently in Lauren's heyday, back in the 1980s and 1990s. The Lauran spelling relates the name more directly to its mother name Laura, but may make people think the pronunciation is lor-AHN or lor-ANN rather than simply Lauren.