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Gender: M Meaning of Lawrence: "from Laurentium" Origin of Lawrence: Latin Lawrence's Popularity in 2016: #493

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, but Lawrence is now used less for babies than Landon or Lorenzo. Nickname Lauro perks it up. The Laurence spelling was popularized by Sir Laurence Olivier and is also attached to fellow actor Laurence Fishburne.

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 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