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Gender: Female Meaning of Lauren: "bay laurel" Origin of Lauren: English variation of Laura Lauren's Popularity in 2017: #148

The name Lauren is a girl's name of English origin meaning "bay laurel". Lauren is ranked #148 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like English Names with International Style and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Lauren -- introduced by Lauren (born Betty) Bacall in 1944 -- was in and around the Top 25 from the early eighties until 2006, when the classic Laura began to be seen as a more stylish option.

While it's still and forever a lovely name, Lauren is becoming one more identified with contemporary moms than babies.

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Famous People Named Lauren

Lauren Bacall (born Betty Joan Perske), American actress
Lauren Michael Holly, American actress
Mary Laurence "Lauren" Hutton, American model
Lauren Tom (born Lauren Chen), American actress
Lauren Cohan, American-British actress
Lauren Katherine Conrad Tell, American television personality, fashion designer, and author
Lauren Helen Graham, American actress
Lauren Alaina (Kristine Suddeth), American country music singer
Lauren Michelle Jauregui Morgado, singer of American girl group Fifth Harmony
Lauren Elizabeth Potter, American actress
Lauren Duski, American country singer and runner-up on "The Voice"
Joey Lauren Adams, American actress
Lauren Myracle, American novelist
Lauren Oliver (born Laura Suzanne Schechter), American novelist
Lauren Kate, American novelist
Lauren Paige Nelson, Miss America 2007
Lauren Daigle, modern Christian singer
Lauren Ashley Nicole Barlow, American singer
Lauren Ogilvie "Lo" Bosworth, American reality TV personality
Lauren Nicole Cheney Holiday, American soccer player
Lauren Elizabeth Jackson, Australian basketball player
Lauren Keyana "Keke" Palmer, American actress
Lauren Elizabeth Luthringshausen, American YouTube personality
Lauren Jelencovich, American operatic soprano
Lauren Michelle Hill, American model
Lauren Gold, English model
Lauren "Laurie" Hernandez, American Gymnast
Lauren Frost, American actress/singer
Lauren Lane, American actress
Lauren Lopez, American actress/singer
Lauren Christine German, American actress
Lauren Faust, American TV producer
Lauren Boquette, singer of American group SiX
Lauren Charlotte Harries (born James Charles Harries), English TV personality
Lauren Cuthbertson, English ballerina
Lauren Brooke, English novelist
Lauren Rose Crace, English actress
Lauren Elizabeth Colthorpe, Australian footballer
Lauren Felice Collins, Canadian actress
Lauren Christy, English singer-songwriter
Lauren Child, English children's author and illustrator
Lauren Lappin, American Olympic softball player
Lauren Alice Koslow, American actress
Lauren Hoffman, American singer-songwriter
Lauren Anderson, American ballerina
Lauren Lorraine Jones, American fashion designer, model and pro wrestler
Lauren Samuels, English singer/actress
Lauren Nicole London, American actress
Lauren Laverne (born Lauren Cecilia Fisher), English radio DJ
Lauren Anderson, American model
Lauren Elizabeth Maltby, American actress
Lauren MacMullan, American animation director
Lauren Elizabeth McAvoy, English model
Lauren Luke, English makeup artist and YouTuber
Lauren Lapkus, American actress
Lauren Wood, American singer-songwriter
Lauren Wenger, American Olympic water polo player
(Cynthia) Lauren Tewes, American actress
Lauren Shuler Donner, American film producer
Lauren Wendy Sánchez, American TV journalist
Lauren Stamile, American actress
Lauren Lee Smith, Canadian actress
Lauren Marie Socha, English actress
Lauren Slater, American memoirist and psychologist
Lauren Velez, American actress; twin sister Loraine Velez
Lauren Anne Young, Filipina-American actress
Lauren Woodland, American actress and attorney
Lauren Hill, American basketball player
Lauren Bush Lauren, daughter of Neil Bush, granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush, niece of former President George W. Bush; married to David Lauren (son of Ralph Lauren)
Lauren Southern, Canadian journalist
Lauren Marie Sesselman, Canadian soccer player
Lauren Williams, daughter of Brady and Robyn Williams of reality TV's "My Five Wives"
Lauren Jolie Lockwood (b. 2007), daughter of basketball player Lisa Leslie
Lauren Andrus Leach (b. 2009), daughter of tennis player Lindsay Davenport Leach
Lauren Eric Krieger, (male) M.D.
Lauren Christine Cimorelli, a singer/pianist in the band Cimorelli

Pop Culture References for the name Lauren

Lauren Pearson, eldest daughter of the Pearson family on "The Bill Engvall Show"
Lauren Tanner, character on TV's "Make It or Break It"
Lauren Adams, character in the CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore
Lauren Miller, character on TV's "Family Ties"
Lauren Fenmore Baldwin, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Lauren Lewis, character on TV's "Lost Girl"
Lauren Paups, character in video game "Ace Attorney"
Alison Lauren DiLaurentis, character on TV's "Pretty Little Liars"
Lauren Mallory, character in the Twilight Saga
Lauren, character on TV's "The Mindy Project"
Lauren Andrews, character on British TV's "Waterloo Road"
Lauren Branning, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Lauren Alesha Masheka Tanesha Felicia Jane Cooper, character on British TV's "The Catherine Tate Show"
Lauren "Lo" Ridgemount, character in Canadian animated series "Stoked"
Lauren Valentine, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Lauren Waters, character on British TV's "Britannia High"
Lauren Zizes, character on TV's "Glee"
Ralph Lauren, American fashion brand
Lauren Reynolds, character in movie "Blended"
Lauren Strucker, character on TV's "The Gifted"
Lauren Mallard, character in podcast "Welcome to Night Vale"


burg123 Says:


I met a girl named Lourynne the other day, and I'm in shock. Lauren is just so pretty

LaulenaG Says:


This is my name. When I was a little kid I disliked it because it is a little common. Now, I love it. No negative associations. No rhymes, no nicknames. Nothing to live up to, but in no way plain. It's pretty and has an interesting "en" ending. People even tell me that it's a "nice girl" name, which is fine by me.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


Even though this name was more popular in the 80s and 90s....there is still something that is so classic about it.

PoppyOrangey Says:


I was going to post this exact comment. I agree with you, older generations including my grandparents pronounce my name as LAW-ren and it’s always irked me. I don’t love my name pronounced as LOR-en, but I prefer it to the alternative. The LAW sound seems harsh.

PoppyOrangey Says:


Erica, I don’t know if your comment was directed towards me? If so, I’m a little confused about it’s relevance to my comment. I have been a follower of this site for years and I did check it before I had my son. I named him Nathan.

Erica Says:


check this website before u have a baby.

hannahgracewilson Says:


It's gorgeous. I know so many Laurens though.

abertawe Says:


I wish this were an unknown rare name because it's beautiful.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I think this is a classically cool kind of name. I imagine Laurens to be smart and resilient, maybe a little bit tomboy-ish. I would choose this over Laura, although I like that too.

LaurenDH Says:


People who are older than me tend to call me LAW-ren while people younger than me/my age call me LORE-en. (Not always. That's just a pattern I've seen.) I hate the LAW-ren pronunciation and love the LORE-en pronunciation. I like the sound of it and it reminds me of the word 'lore', which has special significance to me. While I say my own name LORE-en, I find myself hearing LAW-ren in my head when I read it. I don't know why that is.

Zach-ARI Says:


I feel as they should mention that Lauren is a shorter variation of LAURENCE, and Lauren was originally intended to be a masculine name, and it's not only for females.

Brooke Says:


I agree,their are several ways to pronounce it.Here in the south, we prefer it Law-ren. I have a friend named Loren. Lauren Bacall was my favorite actress, considering I prefer old movies :) She pronounced it Law-ren. Thanks 4 the message

Bobcat108 Says:


My daughter has a very good friend named Lauren, who pronounces it the way I've always heard it pronounced: LAR-rin. For chronological context, the girls are seniors in high school.

rubylayla Says:


Lauren Bacall pronounced her name LOR-en, so I'm not sure what Brook is talking about. Check youtube for interviews and news about her and you'll see what I mean. I would say most people pronounce it Loren. A lot of people think Ralph Lauren is pronounced differently (loh-REN) but he pronounces Loren too.

Alsace Says:


I had to google Lauren Bacall. I found three different pronunciation for Lauren: LOR-en, LAW-ren, and loh-REN. Very interesting, I had no idea! That said, I'm still not sure how Lauren Bacall pronounced it. lol :)

Brooke Says:


It's pronounced like Lauren Bacall

Alsace Says:


How else would you pronounce it?

Brooke Says:


My lovely daughter is a Lauren. I love the name,and she as well.Only thing is,most people pronounce it as "Loren". That irritates me lol

PoppyOrangey Says:


I'm surprised girls 10 years younger than me were named Lauren! It's so 80's...

princessmadison Says:


I only have 2 Lauren's in my grade and one of them is my best friend! That's so weird!

ThistleThorn Says:


That's so weird! I'm in seventh grade and I've only met one Lauren. I think its a really pretty name.

GuineapigGirl15 Says:


I just love,Love,LOVE this name!I Just think it sounds so nice and just beautiful.

PoppyOrangey Says:


Lauren is my name, I've never loved it, but I've never hated it. I think my parents went too "safe" with my name and now I want to name my daughter Willhelmina or Rihannon just to be difference. I don't think there's anything wrong with naming your child a simple, common, very popular name, but speaking from experience I never felt like I had my own identity alongside the 5 other Lauren's in my class and with no nicknames besides Laura or Laurie, which I loathe, it's just not very original. It's also already dated and I'm only in my 20's, so when I'm 80 Lauren will definitely be an old lady name...

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Laurie is such a cute nickname! Or just Lauren is so nice!

annwithane Says:


I am such a name nerd, and I love classic names. I am around a lot of kids in my line of work, and I have noticed recently that this name is almost always part of sibsets with classic names (at least in this younger generation of Laurens). I have seen it paired with Elizabeth, Caroline, Grace, Katherine, Jack and Thomas. It seems to go well even though it is more of a modern classic. It is quite beautiful and the young girls I know with this name are very bright. I have really grown to like it.

Leah3456 Says:


This is a nice, classy name.

Analia Says:


I really like this name, I think it's a classic, simple and definitely a name any girl can grow into. Although it may seem to be getting a bit dated, I think it's still usable :)

ldougie Says:


This is my name and I really don't like the or sound.

Guest Says:


This name is forever young. Laura always sounds old to me.

LunaCross Says:


I have a friend with this name.