Laura

First Name
797k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Laura

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lau"ra
A number of hermitages or cells in the same neighborhood occupied by anchorites who were under the same superior.

Etymology: LL., fr. Gr. (�) lane, defile, also, a kind of monastery

Wiktionary

From Late Latin saint's name Laura, from the feminine form of laurus (“laurel tree”). A post-classical name made famous by Petrarch's sonnets to Laura in the fourteenth century.

  1. A female given name.

Laura was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Danish, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Laura

LP is a rock music, pop music, indie rock, indie pop, and alternative rock musician. She plays Guitar, Ukulele, and Vocals. She has been prominent since 2001. LP was given the name Laura Pergolizzi on March 18th, 1978 in Huntington (CDP), New York. LP is also known as L.P..

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Reese Witherspoon is an actress and producer. She was most prominent from 1991 to present. Reese was given the name Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon on March 22nd, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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Laura Prepon is an actress, producer, and model. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Laura was born on March 7th, 1980 in Watchung, New Jersey, U.S.

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Laura Dern is an actress, director, and producer. Her ongoing career started in 1973. Laura was given the name Laura Elizabeth Dean by her parents Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern on February 10th, 1969 in Los Angeles.

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Laura Linney is an actress and singer. She has had major accomplishments since 1990. Laura was given the name Laura Leggett Linney by her parent Romulus Linney (playwright) on February 5th, 1964 in United States.

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Laura Bailey is a voice actress, actress, and voice director. She was most prominent from 1999 to present. Laura was given the name Laura Dawn Bailey on May 28th, 1981 in Mississippi.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Laura

Luke and Laura is a soap character.

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Princess Maria Laura is royalty. She holds the title Archduchess of Austria-Este, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este(more), and Monarchy of Belgium. Princess was born as the child of Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este, Princess Astrid of Belgium, and Archduchess of Austria-Este on August 26th, 1988 in Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium.

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Carmelo was born on July 16th, 1890 in Bolivia. He passed away on June 9th, 2014.

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Ana Laura is a contemporary christian music, christian adult contemporary, and pop music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Ana was given the name Ana Laura Chávez on February 18th, 1986 in Brownsville, Texas, U.S.

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Emma Laura is an actress. Emma was born in 1971 in Mexico. Emma is also known as Emma Laura Lopez-Greenham.

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Maximo was born in 1959. Maximo is also known as Maximo Laura Taboado.

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How popular is the baby name Laura in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,012 1,012 0 #17 girl name
1881 962 962 0 #19 girl name
1882 1,156 1,151 5 #17 girl name
1883 1,183 1,183 0 #19 girl name
1884 1,246 1,246 0 #21 girl name
1885 1,325 1,325 0 #21 girl name
1886 1,377 1,372 5 #22 girl name
1887 1,370 1,364 6 #22 girl name
1888 1,635 1,624 11 #25 girl name
1889 1,567 1,567 0 #25 girl name
1890 1,643 1,634 9 #27 girl name
1891 1,515 1,509 6 #29 girl name
1892 1,749 1,744 5 #29 girl name
1893 1,690 1,683 7 #31 girl name
1894 1,730 1,730 0 #32 girl name
1895 1,648 1,643 5 #36 girl name
1896 1,665 1,665 0 #37 girl name
1897 1,592 1,585 7 #39 girl name
1898 1,782 1,768 14 #38 girl name
1899 1,472 1,472 0 #43 girl name
1900 1,831 1,824 7 #45 girl name
1901 1,402 1,402 0 #44 girl name
1902 1,565 1,559 6 #43 girl name
1903 1,504 1,504 0 #43 girl name
1904 1,513 1,508 5 #47 girl name
1905 1,574 1,566 8 #49 girl name
1906 1,474 1,467 7 #52 girl name
1907 1,627 1,621 6 #51 girl name
1908 1,565 1,558 7 #52 girl name
1909 1,524 1,524 0 #55 girl name
1910 1,840 1,834 6 #53 girl name
1911 1,797 1,790 7 #57 girl name
1912 2,422 2,413 9 #57 girl name
1913 2,461 2,454 7 #62 girl name
1914 3,069 3,059 10 #59 girl name
1915 3,728 3,723 5 #61 girl name
1916 3,753 3,744 9 #64 girl name
1917 3,823 3,808 15 #65 girl name
1918 4,075 4,062 13 #64 girl name
1919 3,679 3,663 16 #71 girl name
1920 4,179 4,171 8 #63 girl name
1921 4,017 3,998 19 #71 girl name
1922 3,922 3,902 20 #69 girl name
1923 3,723 3,710 13 #73 girl name
1924 3,842 3,827 15 #72 girl name
1925 3,600 3,588 12 #75 girl name
1926 3,397 3,377 20 #81 girl name
1927 3,358 3,339 19 #81 girl name
1928 3,158 3,145 13 #83 girl name
1929 2,946 2,935 11 #90 girl name
1930 2,923 2,908 15 #89 girl name
1931 2,684 2,670 14 #89 girl name
1932 2,773 2,749 24 #88 girl name
1933 2,547 2,536 11 #91 girl name
1934 2,447 2,436 11 #96 girl name
1935 2,378 2,358 20
1936 2,269 2,255 14
1937 2,381 2,362 19
1938 2,451 2,443 8
1939 2,385 2,374 11
1940 2,364 2,351 13
1941 2,285 2,274 11
1942 2,421 2,409 12
1943 2,403 2,391 12
1944 2,250 2,243 7
1945 3,596 3,590 6 #77 girl name
1946 4,495 4,478 17 #75 girl name
1947 5,064 5,052 12 #74 girl name
1948 4,916 4,901 15 #73 girl name
1949 5,385 5,385 0 #65 girl name
1950 5,745 5,724 21 #63 girl name
1951 6,480 6,467 13 #60 girl name
1952 7,205 7,187 18 #53 girl name
1953 7,653 7,631 22 #51 girl name
1954 8,738 8,715 23 #45 girl name
1955 9,026 9,008 18 #41 girl name
1956 10,589 10,568 21 #34 girl name
1957 12,200 12,175 25 #31 girl name
1958 13,530 13,507 23 #29 girl name
1959 14,563 14,530 33 #30 girl name
1960 17,095 17,061 34 #24 girl name
1961 17,930 17,897 33 #21 girl name
1962 17,535 17,493 42 #21 girl name
1963 18,573 18,507 66 #16 girl name
1964 19,013 18,972 41 #14 girl name
1965 16,262 16,215 47 #17 girl name
1966 15,583 15,550 33 #19 girl name
1967 15,858 15,817 41 #15 girl name
1968 18,801 18,744 57 #11 girl name
1969 17,975 17,920 55 #10 girl name
1970 16,547 16,494 53 #13 girl name
1971 13,941 13,874 67 #16 girl name
1972 11,812 11,771 41 #17 girl name
1973 10,385 10,341 44 #19 girl name
1974 9,760 9,718 42 #21 girl name
1975 10,343 10,312 31 #20 girl name
1976 11,299 11,253 46 #20 girl name
1977 11,355 11,320 35 #20 girl name
1978 11,280 11,243 37 #19 girl name
1979 11,944 11,886 58 #20 girl name
1980 12,972 12,917 55 #21 girl name
1981 13,347 13,292 55 #21 girl name
1982 13,370 13,307 63 #22 girl name
1983 13,256 13,196 60 #23 girl name
1984 14,875 14,813 62 #19 girl name
1985 16,066 16,000 66 #14 girl name
1986 14,232 14,175 57 #20 girl name
1987 13,085 13,029 56 #23 girl name
1988 12,175 12,117 58 #23 girl name
1989 11,808 11,742 66 #25 girl name
1990 10,954 10,910 44 #29 girl name
1991 9,675 9,644 31 #35 girl name
1992 8,333 8,307 26 #38 girl name
1993 7,281 7,257 24 #43 girl name
1994 6,886 6,858 28 #46 girl name
1995 6,019 6,007 12 #56 girl name
1996 5,239 5,227 12 #66 girl name
1997 4,855 4,848 7 #66 girl name
1998 4,294 4,294 0 #74 girl name
1999 3,880 3,872 8 #81 girl name
2000 3,743 3,733 10 #85 girl name
2001 3,564 3,555 9 #86 girl name
2002 3,143 3,143 0
2003 2,740 2,740 0
2004 2,564 2,551 13
2005 2,354 2,348 6
2006 2,060 2,060 0
2007 1,840 1,840 0
2008 1,590 1,590 0
2009 1,408 1,408 0
2010 1,208 1,208 0
2011 1,174 1,169 5
2012 1,141 1,141 0
2013 1,019 1,019 0
2014 1,047 1,047 0
2015 1,008 1,008 0
2016 963 963 0
2017 939 939 0

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Popularity of Laura as a first name

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Popularity of Laura as a last name

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Common last names for Laura

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  • Moore
  • Martin
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  • White
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  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Harris
  • Allen
  • Lewis

Common first names for Laura

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Laura U.S.
  White 58.58% 64.26%
  African American 6.22% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 29.83% 16.26%

Of Last Name Laura

People with the last name Laura are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Laura

  • What name lists does Laura rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Laura? Laura is the 64th most popular name of all time. As a last name Laura was the 14,155th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Laura have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 797,231 babies born with the first name Laura in the United States. That's more than enough people named Laura to occupy the country of Guyana with an estimated population of 784,894 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Laura? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,012 new born babies.
  • When was Laura first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Laura is Friday, May 25th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Laura born? The highest recorded use of the first name Laura was in 1964 with a total of 18,972 babies. That's a lot of babies named Laura!
  • Random Laura Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Laura ranks 55th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 488 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Laura: Your name in reverse order is Arual. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Auarl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Laura? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,122 people with the last name Laura.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Laura? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Laura as their last name since less than 1 person in 139k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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