in the U.S.
since 1880


  • Gender: Girl
  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Laurel
  • #64 All Time
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How popular is the name "Laura" in the U.S.?

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YearTotal Babies BornGirls BornBoys BornRanking
18801,0121,0120#17 girl name
18819629620#19 girl name
18821,1561,1515#17 girl name
18831,1831,1830#19 girl name
18841,2461,2460#21 girl name
18851,3251,3250#21 girl name
18861,3771,3725#22 girl name
18871,3701,3646#22 girl name
18881,6351,62411#25 girl name
18891,5671,5670#25 girl name
18901,6431,6349#27 girl name
18911,5151,5096#30 girl name
18921,7491,7445#29 girl name
18931,6901,6837#31 girl name
18941,7301,7300#32 girl name
18951,6481,6435#36 girl name
18961,6651,6650#37 girl name
18971,5921,5857#39 girl name
18981,7821,76814#38 girl name
18991,4721,4720#43 girl name
19001,8311,8247#45 girl name
19011,4021,4020#44 girl name
19021,5651,5596#43 girl name
19031,5041,5040#43 girl name
19041,5131,5085#47 girl name
19051,5751,5678#49 girl name
19061,4741,4677#52 girl name
19071,6271,6216#51 girl name
19081,5651,5587#52 girl name
19091,5241,5240#55 girl name
19101,8401,8346#53 girl name
19111,7971,7907#57 girl name
19122,4222,4139#57 girl name
19132,4612,4547#62 girl name
19143,0683,05810#59 girl name
19153,7273,7225#61 girl name
19163,7523,7439#64 girl name
19173,8233,80815#64 girl name
19184,0754,06213#64 girl name
19193,6793,66316#71 girl name
19204,1794,1718#63 girl name
19214,0163,99719#71 girl name
19223,9243,90420#68 girl name
19233,7213,70813#73 girl name
19243,8423,82715#72 girl name
19253,6023,59012#75 girl name
19263,3953,37520#81 girl name
19273,3593,34019#81 girl name
19283,1583,14513#83 girl name
19292,9462,93511#90 girl name
19302,9222,90715#89 girl name
19312,6832,66914#89 girl name
19322,7732,74924#88 girl name
19332,5472,53611#91 girl name
19342,4462,43511#96 girl name
19453,5953,5896#77 girl name
19464,4964,47917#75 girl name
19475,0645,05212#74 girl name
19484,9154,90015#73 girl name
19495,3825,3820#65 girl name
19505,7475,72621#63 girl name
19516,4796,46613#60 girl name
19527,2067,18818#53 girl name
19537,6447,62222#51 girl name
19548,7458,72223#45 girl name
19559,0299,01118#41 girl name
195610,59210,57121#34 girl name
195712,20312,17825#31 girl name
195813,53113,50823#29 girl name
195914,56014,52733#30 girl name
196017,09717,06334#24 girl name
196117,92917,89633#21 girl name
196217,53717,49542#21 girl name
196318,57518,50966#16 girl name
196419,01718,97641#14 girl name
196516,26216,21547#17 girl name
196615,57915,54633#20 girl name
196715,85915,81841#15 girl name
196818,80018,74357#11 girl name
196917,97717,92156#10 girl name
197016,54916,49653#13 girl name
197113,93613,86967#16 girl name
197211,81511,77441#17 girl name
197310,38510,34144#19 girl name
19749,7599,71742#21 girl name
197510,34410,31331#20 girl name
197611,29511,24946#20 girl name
197711,35811,32335#20 girl name
197811,28011,24337#19 girl name
197911,94411,88658#20 girl name
198012,97112,91655#21 girl name
198113,34613,29155#21 girl name
198213,36413,30163#22 girl name
198313,25213,19260#23 girl name
198414,87414,81262#19 girl name
198516,05715,99166#14 girl name
198614,22914,17257#20 girl name
198713,08213,02656#23 girl name
198812,17112,11358#23 girl name
198911,80511,73966#25 girl name
199010,95210,90844#29 girl name
19919,6769,64531#35 girl name
19928,3338,30726#38 girl name
19937,2797,25524#43 girl name
19946,8836,85528#46 girl name
19956,0176,00512#56 girl name
19965,2345,22212#66 girl name
19974,8544,8477#66 girl name
19984,2864,2860#74 girl name
19993,8793,8718#81 girl name
20003,7423,73210#85 girl name
20013,5633,5549#86 girl name

Want to know about the populiarty of Laura? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 794,233 babies born with the name Laura in the United States. That's more than enough Lauras to occupy the country of Guyana with an estimated population of 784,894 (as of July 1, 2010). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 1,012 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Laura" was in 1964 with a total of 18,976 babies. (That's a lot of baby Lauras)

According to the 1938 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Laura" ranks #70 in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 101 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1938. Across the entire United States a total of 2,451 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Laura popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Laura" mean? The list below shows the origins of Laura as well as things modernly associated with the name Laura such as celebrities named Laura.


Origin and Meaning of Laura

The name "Laura" is of Latin origin, and it means "Laurel". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon is an actress and producer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1991 to present. Reese was born in 1976 as Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.


Laura Pausini

Laura Pausini is a singer-songwriter and record producer specializing in pop, adult contemporary pop, and latin pop music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1993 to present. Laura was born in 1974 in Solarolo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.


Laura Prepon

Laura Prepon is an actress, model, and film producer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1995 to present. Laura was born in 1980 in Watchung, New Jersey, U.S.


Laura Dern

Laura Dern is an actress, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1973 to present. Laura was born in 1967 as Laura Elizabeth Dern in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Laura Vandervoort

Laura Vandervoort is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1997 to present. Laura was born in 1984 as Laura Dianne Vandervoort in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Laura Linney

Laura Linney is an actress and singer with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1990 to present. Laura was born in 1964 as Laura Leggett Linney in New York City, New York, United States.


Alternative Meanings

L is for life, that you live so well.

A is for absolute, for you know your mind.

U is for useful, always to others.

R is for righteous, you know when you're right.

A is for advantage, for you are blessed with many.

Your name in reverse order is "Arual". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ruala". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Laura born Mar 31, 2003

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Oceania approximately on 875. Your profession was teacher, mathematician, and geologist.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. Your lesson - to learn discretion and reason and then teach others to do that. Your life will be happier, when you help those who lack reasoning.

Name poster for Laura

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