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Gender: Male Meaning of Lawrence: "from Laurentium" Origin of Lawrence: Latin Lawrence's Popularity in 2017: #496

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 "CAF Elimination".

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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.

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Famous People Named Lawrence

Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC news anchor
Saint Lawrence of Rome, ancient martyr
Lawrence Taylor, American football player
Lawrence Tynes, American football player
Lawrence Joel, American war hero
Lawrence Gray, American actor
Lawrence Welk, American entertainer and band leader
Lawrence Maxwell Krauss, Canadian-American theoretical physicist and cosmologist
Lawrence Lessig, American academic and political activist
Thomas Edward Lawrence aka Lawrence of Arabia, British colonel
David Herbert "D.H." Lawrence, English novelist
Lawrence Henry "Larry" Summers, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury
Lawrence George Durrell, British novelist
Lawrence (Hayward), English musician of bands Felt, Denim and Go Kart Mozart
Lawrence Edward Kasdan, American screenwriter and producer
William Lawrence Bragg, British-Australian physicist and Nobel Prize winner

Pop Culture References for the name Lawrence

Lawrence "Larry" Daley, character in Night at the "Museum"
Lawrence Fletcher, father on animated series "Phineas and Ferb"
Lawrence Selden, character in Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth
Lawrence Anthony "Larry" Beale, from TV series "Even Stevens"
Lawrence "Moe" Curls, character from game series 'Ace Attorney'
Lawrence Poirier, character in comic strip "For Better or for Worse"
"The Lawrence Welk Show"
Nicknames: Larry, Lary, Law, Lawry


Cydney_Eleanor Says:


I love this name, and I adore the nickname Laurie, but I don't like this spelling - I'm not sure what it is, but Laurence looks much more like a first name to me.

smartie352 Says:


I love this name. It's classic and somehow doesn't sound that dated (probably because the majority of Lawrence's go by Larry). If anything it sounds a little buttoned-up (aka educated), which is exactly what a lot of people look for today. I think the nicknames Law, Lauro (as suggested by Nameberry) and possibly Ren could work and make it a little more accessible for those who only think middle-aged man at the sound of Lawrence. All in all, a pretty awesome name in my opinion.