Laura Name Meaning & Origin

Laura

Pronunciation: LAW-rə (key)

Origin of the name Laura:

Derived from the Latin laurus (laurel, an evergreen shrub or tree whose leaves were woven into wreaths by the ancient Greeks to crown victors in various contests). Originally a Latin name, Laura came into use in England in the 19th century, and is now popularly bestowed throughout the English-speaking world.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Laurel, Lauren, Laurie, Lolly, Lori

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Nicknames for Laura

Laura-Loo
Laura-Lynn
Laurika (Slovak)
Lauri (Slovak)
Larika (Hungarian)
Laurita (Spanish)

Meanings and history of the name Laura

The source of this name is laurus, a Latin word meaning "the bay -- or laurel -- plant." The name is used in German, Dutch, English, Italian, French, Spanish, Finnish, Polish and Czech.

Famous real-life people named Laura

Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author
Laura Prepon, American actress
Laura Linney, American actress
Laura Dern, American actress
Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012
Laura Brannigan, American singer
Laura Nyro, American singer
Laura Esquivel, Mexican author
Laura Ashley, Welsh designer
Laura Bush, former First Lady of the United states and wife of George W. Bush
Laura Michelle Kelly, broadway actress
Laura Benanti, broadway actress
Laura Hope Crews, American actress
Laura Z. Hobson, American author
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, American actress and producer
Laura Marano, American Actress and singer
Laura Pausini, Italian singer
Laura Wattenberg, American Hero

Laura in song, story & screen

Laura was the name of a character in Sarah Dessen's novel "Along for the Ride"
The Eyes of Laura Mars, American film
Laura, American film
"Tell Laura I Love Her," American song
Laura Hunt, title character from the 1944 film "Laura"
"Laura," a song by David Raksin and Johnny Mercer adapted from the 1944 film's theme
"Laura," a parody of the 1945 song performed by Spike Jones and His Other Orchestra
"Laura," the first charting single by American alternative band Scissor Sisters in 2003
"Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)," a 1976 song by Kenny Rogers
Laura Holt, female lead character from the TV series, "Remington Steele"
"Laura Non C'è," a song by the Italian singer Nek in 1997
"Laura," a song performed by Billy Joel on his album The Nylon Curtain
"Laura," a song by the Celtic-Punk band Flogging Molly
"Laura," a song by the British shoegazing band Lush
"Laura," a song by the tejano band Mazz
"Laura," a 1986 song composed by Jean-Jacques Goldman
"Laura's dream," a song by Astor Piazzolla from the album The New Tango
"Think of Laura," a song by the American singer/songwriter Christopher Cross in 1983
"Goodnight, Laura," a song by the American band Spoon
Laura Webber Spencer, of Luke & Laura from the soap "General Hospital"
Laura Palmer, the mystery girl from "Twin Peaks"
Laura Palmer, the song by Bastille
Laura Winslow, a character on the '90s sitcom "Family Matters"
Laura Hardy, mother from the Hardy Boys series
Luara is also a name used in kids theme movie titled Koi Mil Gya
Laura Haruna, Hamtaro's owner in the anime "Hamtaro"
Laura "Docia" Ingalls from The Little House series ("Docia" comes from her middle name, Ladocia)
Laura Kinney, Logan's genetic twin sister and the new Wolverine in the X-Men comics
Laura Dean, Pathway of Beta Flight in Marvel Comics

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