Names.org

Tip: Try the names of friends, pets, celebrities, and fictional characters

First Name
795k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Laura

Girls
Boys
First
Last
Similar Names
Nicknames and Given Names for Laura

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

Click Here to Show Chart Data
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 1,575 1,567 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 3,068 3,058 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 3,923 3,903 20 #68 girl name
1923 3,720 3,707 13 #73 girl name
1924 3,843 3,828 15 #72 girl name
1925 3,602 3,590 12 #75 girl name
1926 3,395 3,375 20 #81 girl name
1927 3,359 3,340 19 #81 girl name
1928 3,157 3,144 13 #83 girl name
1929 2,947 2,936 11 #90 girl name
1930 2,922 2,907 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 2,384 2,373 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 4,496 4,479 17 #75 girl name
1947 5,064 5,052 12 #74 girl name
1948 4,916 4,901 15 #73 girl name
1949 5,382 5,382 0 #65 girl name
1950 5,748 5,727 21 #63 girl name
1951 6,478 6,465 13 #60 girl name
1952 7,202 7,184 18 #53 girl name
1953 7,651 7,629 22 #51 girl name
1954 8,741 8,718 23 #45 girl name
1955 9,027 9,009 18 #41 girl name
1956 10,593 10,572 21 #34 girl name
1957 12,202 12,177 25 #31 girl name
1958 13,532 13,509 23 #29 girl name
1959 14,561 14,528 33 #30 girl name
1960 17,096 17,062 34 #24 girl name
1961 17,932 17,899 33 #21 girl name
1962 17,536 17,494 42 #21 girl name
1963 18,574 18,508 66 #16 girl name
1964 19,019 18,978 41 #14 girl name
1965 16,261 16,214 47 #18 girl name
1966 15,581 15,548 33 #19 girl name
1967 15,859 15,818 41 #15 girl name
1968 18,800 18,743 57 #11 girl name
1969 17,976 17,920 56 #10 girl name
1970 16,550 16,497 53 #13 girl name
1971 13,936 13,869 67 #16 girl name
1972 11,815 11,774 41 #17 girl name
1973 10,385 10,341 44 #19 girl name
1974 9,761 9,719 42 #21 girl name
1975 10,344 10,313 31 #20 girl name
1976 11,298 11,252 46 #20 girl name
1977 11,358 11,323 35 #20 girl name
1978 11,280 11,243 37 #19 girl name
1979 11,943 11,885 58 #20 girl name
1980 12,973 12,918 55 #21 girl name
1981 13,347 13,292 55 #21 girl name
1982 13,367 13,304 63 #22 girl name
1983 13,254 13,194 60 #23 girl name
1984 14,874 14,812 62 #19 girl name
1985 16,058 15,992 66 #14 girl name
1986 14,230 14,173 57 #20 girl name
1987 13,083 13,027 56 #23 girl name
1988 12,173 12,115 58 #23 girl name
1989 11,808 11,742 66 #25 girl name
1990 10,952 10,908 44 #29 girl name
1991 9,676 9,645 31 #35 girl name
1992 8,333 8,307 26 #38 girl name
1993 7,280 7,256 24 #43 girl name
1994 6,884 6,856 28 #46 girl name
1995 6,017 6,005 12 #56 girl name
1996 5,235 5,223 12 #66 girl name
1997 4,854 4,847 7 #66 girl name
1998 4,286 4,286 0 #74 girl name
1999 3,879 3,871 8 #81 girl name
2000 3,742 3,732 10 #85 girl name
2001 3,563 3,554 9 #86 girl name
2002 3,140 3,140 0
2003 2,740 2,740 0
2004 2,563 2,550 13
2005 2,353 2,347 6
2006 2,060 2,060 0
2007 1,839 1,839 0
2008 1,588 1,588 0
2009 1,407 1,407 0
2010 1,207 1,207 0
2011 1,171 1,166 5
2012 1,140 1,140 0
2013 1,017 1,017 0
2014 1,043 1,043 0
2015 1,003 1,003 0

Fun Facts about the name Laura

  • How many people with the first name Laura have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 795,278 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 18,978 babies. That's a lot of babies named Laura!
  • Random Laura Factoid: According to the 1960 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Laura ranks 47th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 188 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1960.
  • 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 Urlaa. 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!
Answer a few simple questions to help us improve the information we display about names on the site.

Where is the name Laura popular?

View popular names by state or region.

Popularity of Laura as a first name

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Laura as a first name in each of the states. See other popular names in Vermont, Connecticut, or Wyoming.

Popularity of Laura as a last name

The map shows the absolute popularity of the name Laura as a last name in each of the states. See other popular names in New York, Michigan, or Massachusetts.

Common last names for Laura

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Jackson
  • 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

Entire United States

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.

Latin

Origin and Meaning of Laura

The name "Laura" is 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

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 With the Name Laura

LP

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..

Popularity:

Reese Witherspoon

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.

Popularity:

Laura Prepon

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.

Popularity:

Laura Dern

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.

Popularity:

Laura Linney

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.

Popularity:

Laura Bailey

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.

Popularity:
  • Laura Haddock
    (actress)
  • Laura Bush
    (First Lady of the United States)
  • Laura Ingraham
    (radio talk show host)
  • Laurie Metcalf
    (actress)
  • Mackenzie Phillips
    (actress)
  • Laura Jane Grace
    (musician)
  • Laura Vandervoort
    (actress)
  • Laura Benanti
    (actress)
  • Laura Kuenssberg
    (journalist)
  • Laura Marling
    (musician)
  • Laura San Giacomo
    (actress)
  • Laura Bell Bundy
    (actor)
  • Laura Poitras
    (film director)
  • Laura Harring
    (actress)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Laura

Luke and Laura

Luke and Laura is a soap character.

Popularity:

Princess Maria Laura

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.

Popularity:

Carmelo Flores Laura

Carmelo Flores Laura was a notable somebody. Carmelo was born on July 16th, 1890 in Bolivia. He passed away on June 9th, 2014.

Popularity:

Ana Laura

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.

Popularity:

Emma Laura

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

Popularity:

Maximo Laura

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

Popularity:

What does the name Laura mean?

Lis for lofty, your ambitions are high!

Ais for assertive, a great leader

Uis for understanding, you show for others.

Ris for responsible, honoring your obligations

Ais for approachable, constantly meeting new people

Name poster for Laura

Name poster for Laura(click to save the high quality version)

Most Popular Names

Also see our other name lists.

Names Searched Right Now

<100 Stridiron
<100 Medo
<100 Taylone
124k Sebastian
<100 Thareen
<100 Lesaya
334k Louise
<100 Onnolee
445 Suha
<100 Erendi
3k Lili
<100 Quatavia
<100 Mahajankatti
<100 Allaya
2k Aj
<100 Serrot