The name Lawrence is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "from Laurentium". Lawrence is ranked #496 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Switcher Machine".
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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. The Laurence spelling was popularized by Sir Laurence Olivier and is also attached to fellow actor Laurence Fishburne.