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Laura

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Origin: Latin
Meaning: The Laurel

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A few facts about the girl's name Laura:

  • Records indicate that 789,011 girls in the United States have been named Laura since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1964, when 18,963 people in the U.S. were given the name Laura. Those people are now 56 years old.

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      54 Positive Comments

  • "I?m Laura Alexandra. I?ve never had a problem with my name! The only annoying thing is people spelling it wrong or thinking my name is Lauren. The only people I know with the name Laura are over 60 years old, so most people in my school have variations of it, like Lauren, Alora, Lara, etc. I?m the only Laura in my city that?s under 50 yrs old. (Lots of people spell my name ?Lora? which is very aggravating, but most older people spell it correctly!)" Jan. 20, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1996 and was named Laura. It can be tricky to have the name because everyone thinks it's spelled lora. Which it can be or Lara. But that's a different pronouncement." Jul. 26, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Laura Kay. Growing up in Dallas, there were several other Laura's in my school. My parent's favorite song was "Laura" from the classic film of the same name. I love being named after a movie and a song. I don't like when people call me Lora, but I've had to get over it. I'm 59." Aug. 23, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura Kay, and I have always loved my name. Like an above commenter, I was born in 1967, and was named after a tv psychiatrist named Laura. I love that the name Laura is not a trendy name, but it's still a very known name without being overused. I know very few Lauras. Also, my name is pronounced like "Lawra", not Lora or Lara. when I was younger, I always correct people when they mispronounce my name. Most of them couldn't here the difference, which I find baffling!" Aug. 21, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Crown of Laurel leaves- I find this name plain and unique at the same time- I like it" Jan. 24, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is laura and only three people in my school have this name.It's so pretty and I love how it means sweet bay tree in english" Feb. 11, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura Alexis born in 1959 and in high school every class I was in had at least 3 variations of my name the most was my biology class where there were six of us. Before high school I thought it was a unpopular name and hated my middle name. My parents were ahead of the popularity polls. I love my name now and have for a very long time and most happy that my middle name is a bit different that the norm." Sep. 21, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Spell it L O R A. It will be pronounced LORA in English, Italian and Spanish. Elegant, feminine and simple without being ordinary. The "old English" spelling LORA gives it just enough interest, and makes it unique without being unapproachable or too pretentious! It is both equally lovely and strong, a coveted combination in a female name." Oct. 7, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Laura Bethany, (Lor-ah) I've never met anyone else with this pairing. Sometimes people would call me Laurie which I'm not a fan of, and It sometimes get shortened to Laur. I like my name because it ages well, and I think it fits my personality." Jan. 9, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura Alejandra born 1998 I am hispanic and dont like it when they call me Lara or Lora my name Lah u ra not lora please i love my name this name originates from from the caribbean so learn to say and write it..." Dec. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My first cousin's name is Laura Christine and she was born in 1961. I like Laura because it's strong without being obnoxious and soft without being whimpy - such a classic sound. And it doesn't seem to be paired with Christine very often - I think that's interesting." Aug. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Timeless classic! I so agree with the person who said it's a name for old soul children." Dec. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura- born 1987- I love my name. I think it is very classy and not trendy. I could be a ballet dancer, scuba diver, or a ceo,...my name would fit any type of person. I actually don't meet very many others with the same name." Nov. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Laura Anne and I have always loved my name because I don't run into other Laura's very much (more so now that I'm older...) I see it reached it's height in popularity in 1969, I was born in 1967 and my mom said something about a character named Laura on "Peyton Place" influencing her on choosing my name, she said it sounded so classic and feminine and pretty. and little kids pronounce my name "war-wa", which I love. I couldn't think of any other name I would want." Jun. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Laura MayLynn. She was named after her grandmother that had passed away. The name Laura May runs on my ex-husband's side. I like the name. I think it holds some beauty. I have a son named Wyatt and the name Laura goes with it so well I think." May. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura Katherine. I used to not care for it too much, but have come to really appreciate how pretty it is. I also like that it's common enough that everyone knows it and almost everyone can spell it, but not so common that I'm one of 10 everywhere I go." Feb. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my middle name is Laura, and although I don't think it's the most beautiful name in itself, different names suit different people. I think the name Laura is for old soul children who mature quickly and are those calm, down-to-Earth children that can be so pleasant. I also think that if it is paired with an eegant middle name, it sounds exotic and less 1800 america like. (Laura ingalls) I really love the name Laura alexandria!" Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Laura and it's a timeless classic, very feminine and pretty sounding. I love when I go to latin america, the way they say Laura is so exotic!" Jan. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Laura Alejandra,and my moms name is Ana Laura and i just love my name i couldnt picture myself with any other name!..but i just hate it that people are always spelling it like this lora. its annoyeing" Dec. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and I get called Lauren so many times it's not even funny. I love my name because I'm the only Laura I know around where I live only no one can spell it at all!" Oct. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura (pronounced Lora)and I love it. Around here I was the only one - but there were a TON of girls named Lori so if I were going to be called by the wrong name - that was it! (And I have always hated it - my mom said that I corrected people even at a very young age!)" Apr. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. It's pronounced Lora. people call me Lauralee, LauraLou, my nick name is Baura, Loreli. My name fits me.. everything happens for a reason and names are given to each person with a purpose." Jan. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend's name is Laura. She is a moody chainsmoker." Oct. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name. laura alexandria! its amazing!! :)" Sep. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Laura is my name and I love it except when kids call me Dora" Jul. 29, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my friends name is laura. she is the best frinnd i ever had!she is really nice." May. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura, I pronounce it Lora, (hate it when people call me lara) I feel all you other Lauras pain of not being able to shorten your name. My sisters name is Kellie(which you can shorten) and my brothers name is Jonathan(which you can also shorten)! but I love my name! I was named after Laura Ingalls Wilder! so Laura Lea thats me!" Mar. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and I love it! Elegant, timelessly gorgeous and beautiful to both look at & say. My kid brother couldn't say my name when he was little, so Lola became my nickname to family & friends. It's lovely being Laura! :)" Mar. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and I totally love it is unique I am the only Laura in my school and I only know two Laura's outside of my school." Dec. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Laura is my name and I don't mind it, but sometimes I wish my mom had chosen Jamie or Jessica. But it is a really cool name. I remember one time at my 13th bday party I was writing my name on my cup and I spelt it "Lora"!" Oct. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. It fits me. I prefer Laura over variations such as Lora, Lara, Lauren, Laurie, etc. I actually prefer not being able to turn my name into a nickname." Jul. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Laura is my best friend's name and I think it is so pretty. It seems to fit her "pretty" personality. It is sad that so many people do not appreciate the name that their parents lovingly picked out for them. That seems rather ungrateful of them." Apr. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura also. Everyone always asks me if it's Lora or Laura. I don't care, whatever suits you. Most people call me Laura, but sometimes I pronounce it Lora, it just depends. A lot of people think its Lauren, Loren, Laurie, Lori. You can call me Hey girl, if you like, it doesn't matter! But I do love my name Laura,"Lady of Victory." Not a lot of people my age have it, mostly people older than me. My name was going to be Laura Ashley,which I think is cute, but it's just Laura." Mar. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This name is the best name evey every one should name ther children this name!" Mar. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura, but I hate it when people think it's Lauren!" Feb. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Laura, but from a Spanish speaker country. Here the name is not so common but far from exotic. Luckly I didn't have to cope with people calling me wrong but I got a long list of nicknames (I still can't believe how people want shorten a name that already has 5 letters!)that, mostly, hate. Anyway, I think Laura is a classical, simple and beatiful name. You all Lauras around should be proud of it (we are winners by deafult!)" Feb. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Laura, but from a Spanish speaker country. Here the name is not so common but far from exotic. Luckly I didn't have to cope with people calling me wrong but I got a long list of nicknames (I still can't believe how people want shorten a name that already has 5 letters!)that, mostly, hate. Anyway, I think Laura is a classical, simple and beatiful name. You all Lauras around should be proud of it (we are winners by deafult!)" Feb. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Laura Ann, that's me, along with probably 1/4th of the other Laura's born. Laura Lynn is the other name combination I've heard most frequently. But I like my name. I was named after a great grandmother. I was born in 1980. She who will succeed. Famous One. Who wouldn't like to have a name that means something so honorable?" Feb. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and my friends think it is a great name. I have never met any one with my name: Laura Elizabeth. In Elementary school, there were a group of girls that called them selves the Lovely L's. Their names were: Lori, Lisa, Ladanna, Lisle, Lucy, Lilly, Lexi, and Lindsi, and me, Laura! (I know, 9 girls!) We went everywhere together. When my parent's got divorced, they were always there. These guys were the nicest people. I was lucky to have them as friends. I think the Lucky name of Laura brought them to me!" Dec. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Laura and I'm thirteen years old. I've always thought my name was good, because it's not too original, not too common and also it's not hard to spell or say. I think that this is a good name and out of my brother Tom, and my sister Sophie, I think I got the best name. x" Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is laura and i love it ! my mum picked afta she heard a song with it in on the radio and she told my nanna if she had a girl she would call her laura, nd here i am . my friends at school speel my name'lora' for short which i dont mind cos its still pronoced the same. i only know 2 other lauras." Oct. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name's Laura. I really like it. My dad picked it. There's one older lady that calls me Laurie and that drives me crazy." Sep. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i used to wish my name was more exotic, but as i grow up i realize it is. i meet very few lauras and i like it that way!" Sep. 5, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my moms name is laura and i think its a pretty simple but darling name" Jun. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Laura, too. My dad's favorite movie was "Laura" with Gene Tierney, and my mom's favorite song was "Tell Laura I Love Her". My dad's name was Gene, so I ended up being named Laura Jeanne (pronounced Jean). I loooove my name!!!" Jun. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My cousin's name is Laura and i have always wanted that name. There were a group of girls in my High school that were called the 5 Ls, Laura, Lindsay, Lilly, Lana and Lexi, and they called their "leader" Lar Lar. I always wanted that nick name." Mar. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I have always been happy with it! My parents gave me a good name with a good meaning." Jan. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "to me, Laura seems like a "grown up" name - one that I had to grow into over time." Jan. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my mom's name is laura. we meet other lauras all the time!!! usually waitresses or cashiers where you can see their nametag. People someimes call her lora, though. but i like her name." Jan. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Laura! Especially because I'm named after my aunt who died when she was born. Lots of people call me lora instead of la-ra. I used to hate it. I even beat a kid up when he said it wrong, but now I don't care. It just gets confusing because I have a friend named Lora. Oh, well." Jan. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and my family always pronounced it "Lora". It is a great name, but I started going by the name of Lori at the age of four. My sister-in-law's name is Laura also." Sep. 16, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura too, I always thought it was a common name, but after reading some of these comments, i now realise that since leaving school 6 years ago, I haven't yet come across another Laura either! not as common as I thought!" Aug. 5, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "These days.. It is difficult to be a Laura next to a Lauren.. as a child of the 80s.. most of the eras around me now are called Lauren.. but just as being a Laura is the spectacular part -for it is such an awesome name! Rare to find these days too.." Jul. 6, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. My Dad picked it because it's spelled the same way in Italian and English with different pronounciations. It was popular at my school growing up (6 Laura's in my highschool class) but I rarely meet another Laura now. I still love it. And remember looking in the mirror as a kid and telling my mom, "I look like a Laura." With pronounciation -- some people do call me Laurie for some reason. But it doesn't bug me!" Jun. 3, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      6 Negative Comments

  • "I have this person in my grade who is the most annoying person in the world. Her name is Laura. Sheacts like she is the most popular person in the world where in reality she has barely any friends because she got in a fight with them. I hate her so much and thats why I dislike the name. Dont get me wrong Laura is pretty, but after meeting the Laura in my school you would hate it too." Jul. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "People are always calling me lauren or lara...i pronouce it like lora...even my grandma calls me lara..its annoying...my middle name is katherine joann so my friends know my my katie jo" Apr. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always hated the name Laura. Bummer that I was born in the year that it was most popular." Mar. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and I hate how many people have my same name. It's so very ordinary." Feb. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "for some reason everyone i know with this name is psychotic. and it reminds me of little house on the prairie" Sep. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names Laura but i spell it Lorah, i dnt like Laura its so common and i love unusual names...not so unusual is it but spellin it Lorah i like, n most of my mates spell it like that so its ok...at school i still spell it Laura but on other things i don't x" Apr. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      29 Neutral Comments

  • "I was the only girl named Laura for all 12 yrs I was in school. When I went to college I met 2 or 3 other Lauras. I pronounce my name Lara and I love it. It's the feminine form of Lawrence which was my dad's name." Nov. 8, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Laura is a pretty name and it's the personality that's makes the name. So if your name is Laura be happy and smile. There are so many unusual names that really don't have a strong meaning. Laura is a timeless name and will suit any ages" Jan. 28, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Laura Ann and i like it because its not very common. the only thing i hate is if people call me LOOR-a i prefer LAR-a" Jan. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura Ann. I was named after my great grandmother. It's an alright name, I do love how its pretty and feminine though. And I rarely ever meet anyone with the same name. And to think my mom wanted to name me Katie!" Dec. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name, but paired with my middle name, Madeline (pronounced Mad-a-line) it's a bit cutesy little girl for me." Feb. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Laura Nicole and i'm in love with my name." Nov. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and I remember when I was younger everybody would spell it Lora which really got on my nerves but I'm used to it now... I like my name but I think it's just really simple. It's funny another Laura on here said her name was Laura Elizabeth ... Elizabeth is my middle name ^^ another Laura said her parents named her after Laura Ingalls Wilder , well guess what , me too ! I actually can't stand it :P" Nov. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Laura Kate and have no strong feelings about it really! Would have rather have been Faye or Lauren which were the alternatives for my parents! It gets shortened by all my close friends and family to Lou (!!?)...and what really annoys me is getting called Lorna!!!" Mar. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura.. and its ok... I always wished it was Lauren...I think thats prettier. I didnt like the nicknames tho... Laura Bora, Laura Hora, And I was in grade school when Family Matters came on the air...so i would hear "hiiii Laura" in a steve urkel voice. annoying" Dec. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sisters name is Laura and when my daughters were little they called her Lola hee-hee." Nov. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura, I think it is an interesting name, but I fear it is getting too popular. I know that this contradicts what the chart says, but I think it is becoming more and more popular. However, it is sophisticated yet casual all at the same time so I understand why it seems to becoming more popular!" Jun. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Laura, but my family always calls me Laura Elizabeth, or Laura Liz, I used to hate my name, but I've really grown into it, and love it, especially since I rarely meet any other Laura's!" Mar. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Laura Katherine after careful research. It's lovely,but we have had trouble both in the US and the UK with people thinking that's she "Lauren"." Jan. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Laura has a nice sound to it and it is classy. Something that also sounds vivacious. Overall I think it is quite nice." Jan. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is Laura - I said from when I was 16 if I ever have a daughter I will call her Laura. It's a name that suits any age person I think. It's getting a bit too popular now though" Jan. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura, but sometimes I wish that I had a cooler name. Like Jasmine, or Sapphire. It's not that I don't like my name, I just think a cooler name might increase the number of people that talk to me. Like, they would say, "Hey, Sapphire! Cool name!"" Dec. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's an alright name, but so many people have it nowadays. It probably used to be unique, but time changes things I guess." Aug. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Laura and I have never liked my name mainly because it is far too common here in England. Although I was born at the beginning of the trend over here there are so many people I know with the same name. It has been so bad in fact that since primary school i have had a good friend called laura or that reason I always seem to be turning around when the name Laura is called out but I was named after the singer Laura Brannigan. I also get called Lauren, Lara or the most common Lorna. Yuk!" Jan. 29, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Laura, and i am sitting on th efence as too whether i like it or not. i dont think it sounds horrible, but you cant shorten it to anything, which annoys me as id like to have a name i can shorten, i think id prefer it, if i spellt it Lorrah, i think that looks better. Also to the comment left on Dec 11 2006, my name is Laura Elizabeth as well, so now you have met someone else with your name! =)" Jan. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey Dec. 11, my name is Laura Elizabeth too! I do like my name. Most people know how to spell it, but once someone spelled it "Lora". I've noticed it's more common among people older than me (I was born in the 80's). I don't know any younger kids named Laura, but I like that it is a little different." Jan. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and everyone calls me Lora for some reason and that's how they think it is spelled" Jan. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am an 80's baby and I know 3 people named Laura Elizabeth!" Jul. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and it feels like every where I go, there is someone with my name. Sometimes I wish I could change my name to something uncommon, just to be different." Jun. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i spell it laura but do get lora a lot!! i love my name, except that due to the fact that i am a child of the 80's every second child is named lauren!!!" Apr. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura and I loved it and hated it. I have always known so many other Laura's but it really is a pretty name." Apr. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura, Sometimes i think its different but other times i think it is common. I was named after my gradmothers very good friend. I like my name but sometimes i get called Lauren" Jan. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Laura. I really like my name because both of my great-grandmothers just so happened to be named Laura. I feel very special to have my name passed on so my children have a sense of self-identity. Sometimes, people call me Lauren or Lo-ra (I say it Lah-ra) and it gets on my nerves sometimes..." Jan. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mum named me Laura bacause she thought it was unusual in 1980 - what a surprise to find I was the oldest of 4 lauras in my class. I can't pronounce my name properly because of the weak 'r' - neither can my Mum. I've always wondered why she chose a name she couldn't pronounce, knowing that I'd learn to speak from her!" Dec. 4, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is pronounced differently in different parts of the U.S. It is pronounced LAH-rah where I grew up and LOR-ah elsewhere. Having a name that can be pronounced two ways gave me kind of an identity crisis growing up. Now I won't name my children anything that can be pronounced more than one way." Jul. 11, 2005: Report as inappropriate



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