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Gender: Female Meaning of Laurel: "laurel tree" Origin of Laurel: Latin Laurel's Popularity in 2017: #597

The name Laurel is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "laurel tree". Laurel is ranked #597 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Nature Names for Babies and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Laurel takes Laura back to its meaning in nature, resulting in a gentle, botanical option. Even more directly than Laura, Laurel relates back to the laurel wreath signifying success and peace in ancient Rome.

Sweet Laurel has been the unlikely name of two DC Comics superheroes—Laurel Kent and Laurel Gand, aka Andromeda.

Laurel received its highest ranking in 1956, when it reached Number 241. It may be due for a resurgence, thanks to the trend for girls' names starting with L. Beware though, that it has the likelihood of being mistaken for Laura and Lauren.

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Famous People Named Laurel

Laurel Anne (Harte) Burch, American artist and businesswoman
Laurel Goodwin, American actress
Laurel Blair Salton Clark, American astronaut
Laurel Halo, American electronic musician
Laurel Lisa Holloman, American actress and painter
Laurel McGoff, American reality TV personality
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, American historian and author
Laurel Nakadate, American video artist, filmmaker, and photographer
Laurel Arnell-Cullen, British singer-songwriter
Lauren Daigle - American contemporary Christian music singer and songwriter

Pop Culture References for the name Laurel

Dinah Laurel Lance aka Black Canary, character from DC comics
Laurel Banning, character in American soap "All My Children"
Laurel Darkhaven, character in comic book series Rising Stars
Laurel-Ann Drummond, a character in the horror film "Pontypool"
Laurel Kent, character in DC Comics
Laurel Mercer, character on TV's "The Lying Game"
Laurel Sommersby, character in film "Sommersby"
Laurel Limoges, character on TV's "Privileged"
Laurel, main character in "Wings" by Aprilynne Pike
Laurel Scott, character in film "The Oscar"
Laurel Thomas, character on British soap "Emmerdale"
Laurel Yeung, character on TV's "Edgemont"
Laurel Stevenson, character in novella/TV movie "The Langoliers"
Laurel Weaver aka Agent L, mortician in the Men in Black films
Laurel Gray, character in book/film "In a Lonely Place"
Laurel, character in "10,000 Dresses"
Laurel Gand, character in DC Comics
Mountain Laurel, character in video game "Dust: A Tale of the Wired West"
Laurel Castillo, character on TV's "How to Get Away with Murder"
Laurel Lee, character on TV's "Recovery Road"
Laurel, Maryland
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Laurel, Montana
Laurel Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca.
Laurel or Yanny?

Lorel, Laurelle, Lauryl, Laurell, Lauralle, Laural, Laurie, Lorelle, Laurylle, Loralle


yutoda Says:


Yanny's not a pretty name at all...

Laurel Says:


Yeah; on the Olympic winners that wore laurel wreathes, when people say 'don't rest on your laurels,' I'm allowed to say (because I'm weird) "DON'T SIT ON ME!" Again, I'm weird.

Laurel Says:


One 'Laurel' here; I've been mistaken for: Laura, Lauren, and Lola. Although, I'm weird, so when people say, 'don't rest on your laurels,' I can say, "DON'T SIT ON ME!" Also, people pronounce my name wrong. LAR-ull (my weird Southern accent version, but I tried), but people say 'LOR-ul.' Why? WHY?

JustineAndNames Says:


I really like this name and am considering it with the nickname Auria (because I don't love the nickname Laurie)

paulapuddephatt Says:


This is a beautiful alternative to Laura and Lauren, and I think that the only possible problem here would be the Laurel and Hardy association.

Finn Says:


I love Laurel. I've only ever met three, which makes it much less used compared to other names in my area. My father wanted to name my sister Laurel, but my parents settled on Lauren instead. It brings to mind the traditional laurel wreaths worn by the olympic winners in ancient Greece, a lovely and striking association.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I have a friend named Laurel and ever since I met her there have been characters on TV shows with this name. Such a: Arrow or BrainDead.

Sel Says:


Same person. I know the middle names of several of my friends, and a few people who I'm not all that close too. Middle names ARE important to me, but that's personal. This is all opinion, but first names DO NOT need to go a person's last name, that's stupid. Your last name, for women mostly, is also something that's GOING to change if married. So in my personal opinion it's ridiculous to match your child's first name to their last name. Your entire comment is just ridiculous.

AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I've always quite liked Laurel for a boy - reminds me of Laurel and Hardy. It's quite nice for a girl as well but, with the influx of nature natures for them, I reckon I'll be keeping this one on my boy list.

EW314 Says:


It is in fact unisex, though NB and BTN have it listed as feminine only. But if you look at the Wikipedia page for the given name Laurel, you'll find famous Laurels of both sexes.

I myself know a male Laurel (in his 40s now), and it suits him perfectly. No nickname, though I suppose you could use Laurie or Law, which definitely lean masculine, or Lola for a feminine option. I've always preferred Laurel for a boy though.

caroblaise Says:


Ha! I love Mount Laurel, so that makes me love the name even more!

Laurel Fenenga Parker Says:


Double names like Adam Adams are as old as surnames themselves. The surname Adams probably began as Adam, Adam's son, which evolved into Adam Adamson, and then Adam Adams. Eventually they came up with Adam the Younger, but when a grandson with the same name came along, it became Adam the Second and then Adam Jr, and eventually just Bubba (an illiteration of Little Brother) and other names in regions where passing on the father's name is commonplace. Adam Adams may not have a father named Adam, but it's still a very old tradition and phone books are still full of examples. There is a fun quirk to this name too - who else can do it? Only other people who happen to have a first name as a last name. Ther's a certain appeal to that for some people.

Laurel Fenenga Parker Says:


How many people's middle names do you know? I've been close to my two oldest friends for over 45 years but I have no idea what their middle names are. Once a child is in school the middle is only significant if it is needed to distinguish them from someone with the same first and last names. The first and last name are heard together in public places, by prospective employers, etc. and if they are awkward or rhymy they are remembered in a negative way.

Laurel Fenenga Parker Says:


I agree. When you name your baby, you give her/him a name that people will judge them by all their life. A first name that clashes with the last name is discordant. Believe it or not, people DO judge each other on something that insignificant. It's called the 2 second rule - that is how long we have to make a good first impression. Sad fact of life.

Laurel Fenenga Parker Says:


The name may come from Mountain Laurel - a variety of rhodedendrum, which is common in the Great Smoky Mountains and Spectacular when in blopom. It is the state flower of North Carolina.

Laurel Fenenga Parker Says:


That is a common misconception, and comes from the comedian Stan Laurel, who was not named Laurel at all. His name was Stanley Jefferson

britney d Says:


I have a cousin named Adam Adams, again. His first name is the same as his last name -- surnames are surnames, it's the first and middle name that need to flow.

Sel Says:


I mean I guess, but I personally think that's silly. My last name is Scottish, my first name is not -- there's not really an issue there.

alexandramae Says:


People have different preferences. I wouldn't use names ending the same, usually. Some people don't like alliteration or anything sing-songy. I, personally, want all the names to flow together well. My surname rules out a few names I adore because of the -en ending. Just helps make my list smaller...

Sel Says:



Sel Says:


I'm sorry, but I disagree.

actingfun Says:


There's a place called Mount Laurel in New Jersey (where I live). And no, it's not a mountain. It's a neighborhood. Kind of ruins the name for me.

scblovesnames Says:


Laurel is the perfect name for a namesake with a twist on Laura. Actually I like Laura a lot, but with my choice of first names, Laurel just shines. Even as a first name I'm starting to love it more. At first I was like "no middle name," but I really like it as a first and it goes very well with my sons name.

Daphodil Says:


I thought Laurel was a boy name the first time I heard it, and have to admit I would be intrigued to hear it on a boy :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I think considering how it goes with the surname is important for everyone.

priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love this name! If we have to honor a Laura, Lauren or any other Laur, I'd use this one!

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


There's a city near me named Laurel also! Is it run down and suburban? I dunno...

EllaYu Says:


No it's a good enough reason if you're an auditory person.. Before we found out we are having a girl, we had to jettison Hugo because it has no cadence with the surname.

EllaYu Says:


As a reader, I think L'Oreal sounds like Laurel...

EllaYu Says:


This name is in my top 4 but my husband doesn't care for it.

Bobcat108 Says:


Laurel is the protagonist of a YA mystery novel by Phyllis Whitney, so I have a very positive feeling about the name. I met a real-life Laurel (in her mid-50s) for the first time last fall & we had fun chatting about her name.

indiefendi2 Says:


I'm really trying to like Laurel. *really* trying

indiefendi2 Says:


There's a sort of run down suburban city near me named Laurel so I can't use it and also it sounds too much like L'Oreal. 😩

laurelrobyn Says:


As a "Laurel" I love my name. Always have. It's unique but not completely unheard of and I rarely meet another Laurel. Others grew up with multiple kids with their names in class, while I was the only Laurel. However, I always have people call me Lauren or Laura instead. I don't mind.

headintheclouds Says:


Laurel sounds fresh, modern and spunky, and is not too common but also not obscure. I love that it evokes the image of laurel wreaths to me, which symbolize peace and victory- a nice meaning for a child's name.

britney d Says:


Personally, that's not a good enough reason to use a last name. I have a cousin who's name is Adam Adams.

rabia_chrisden Says:


It wouldn't sound right with last name

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megankirch Says:


Named my daughter Laurel. She's 6 months old now and we still love it.

rabia_chrisden Says:


I love this name but sadly cannot use it.