Laurel

First Name
45k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Laurel

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lau"rel
Senses
  1. [Bot] An evergreen shrub, of the genus Laurus Laurus nobilis), having aromatic leaves of a lanceolate shape, with clusters of small, yellowish white flowers in their axils; -- called also sweet bay.
  2. A crown of laurel; hence, honor; distinction; fame; -- especially in the plural; as, to win laurels .
  3. An English gold coin made in 1619, and so called because the king's head on it was crowned with laurel.

Note: The fruit is a purple berry. It is found about the Mediterranean, and was early used by the ancient Greeks to crown the victor in the games of Apollo. At a later period, academic honors were indicated by a crown of laurel, with the fruit. The leaves and tree yield an aromatic oil, used to flavor the bay water of commerce.

Note: ☞ The name is extended to other plants which in some respect resemble the true laurel. See Phrases, below.

Etymology: OE. lorel laurer lorer, OF. lorier laurier, F. laurier, (assumed) LL. Laurarius, fr. L. laurus

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (antiquity) a wreath of laurel foliage worn on the head as an emblem of victory
  2. United States slapstick comedian (born in England) who played the scatterbrained and often tearful member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1890-1965)
  3. Any of various aromatic trees of the laurel family
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name from the plant laurel.
  2. A town in Delaware
  3. A census-designated place in Florida
  4. A town in Indiana
  5. A city in Iowa
  6. A city in Maryland
  7. A city in Mississippi
  8. A city in Montana
  9. A city in Nebraska
  10. A census-designated place in New York
  11. A census-designated place in Virginia
  12. (Mormonism) A 16- to 17-year-old participant in the Young Women organization of the LDS Church.

Notable Persons Named Laurel

Laurel Blair Salton Clark is a flight surgeon.

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Laurel Holloman is a painter, actress, and painting. She has had major accomplishments since 1994. Laurel was given the name Laurel Lisa Holloman on May 23rd, 1971 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Laurel Hester was a police officer and activist. Laurel was given the name Laurel Anne Hester on August 15th, 1956 in Elgin, Illinois U.S. She breathed her last breath on February 18th, 2006.

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Laurel Gand is a comics character.

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Laurel Potts is a soap character.

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Laurel Halo is a techno, intelligent dance music, and ambient music musician. Laurel was born on June 3rd, 1986. Laurel is also known as King Felix and Ina Cube.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Laurel

Stan Laurel was an actor, writer, comedian, entertainer, and film director. His career lasted from 1910 to 1955. Stan was given the name Arthur Stanley Jefferson on June 16th, 1890 in Ulverston, Lancashire, England. Stan is also known as Stan Jefferson and Stanley Laurel. He breathed his last breath on February 23rd, 1965.

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Sr. José Paciano Garcia Laurel was a (President of the Second Republic), Senator of the Philippines from the 5th Senatorial District, 3rd President of the Philippines, Commissioner of the Interior, Commissioner of Justice, Senator of the Philippines, Associate Justice of the Philippine Sup. Sr. was born on March 9th, 1891 in Tanauan, Batangas. He died on November 6th, 1959.

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Salvador Laurel was a Member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa from Region IV-A, 10th Vice President of the Philippines, 5th Prime Minister of the Philippines, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines, Member of theInterim Batasang PambansafromRegion IV-A, Senator o. Salvador was born on November 18th, 1928 in Paco, Manila. He died on January 27th, 2004.

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Denise Laurel is a notable somebody. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Denise was given the name Denise Maria Sanz Laurel on September 30th, 1987 in Manila.

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Rajo Laurel is a fashion designer and fashion design. His ongoing career started in 1993. Rajo was given the name Raymund Joseph Teves Laurel on May 19th, 1971.

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Brenda Laurel is an artist.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1883 12 12 0
1884 6 6 0
1885 5 5 0
1886 7 7 0
1887 11 6 5
1889 11 6 5
1890 7 7 0
1891 10 10 0
1892 11 11 0
1893 9 9 0
1894 16 16 0
1895 10 5 5
1896 12 6 6
1897 9 9 0
1898 19 14 5
1899 11 11 0
1900 10 10 0
1901 15 15 0
1902 16 10 6
1903 6 0 6
1904 25 16 9
1905 14 8 6
1906 7 7 0
1907 8 8 0
1908 23 16 7
1909 18 18 0
1910 18 12 6
1911 28 17 11
1912 46 23 23
1913 52 30 22
1914 69 33 36
1915 81 41 40
1916 68 37 31
1917 99 55 44
1918 109 65 44
1919 82 53 29
1920 123 68 55
1921 118 63 55
1922 143 89 54
1923 257 202 55
1924 225 177 48
1925 174 135 39
1926 238 169 69
1927 289 223 66
1928 203 165 38
1929 188 146 42
1930 172 139 33
1931 161 127 34
1932 168 119 49
1933 139 102 37
1934 143 96 47
1935 132 102 30
1936 117 80 37
1937 156 127 29
1938 307 281 26
1939 380 352 28
1940 322 287 35
1941 318 297 21
1942 334 295 39
1943 324 299 25
1944 372 349 23
1945 554 530 24
1946 696 678 18
1947 805 775 30
1948 704 687 17
1949 717 694 23
1950 774 758 16
1951 870 851 19
1952 907 887 20
1953 959 938 21
1954 898 880 18
1955 1,006 982 24
1956 1,198 1,182 16
1957 1,131 1,122 9
1958 977 965 12
1959 884 875 9
1960 805 789 16
1961 764 757 7
1962 713 700 13
1963 725 716 9
1964 557 546 11
1965 532 524 8
1966 455 444 11
1967 515 506 9
1968 759 751 8
1969 642 631 11
1970 628 622 6
1971 500 494 6
1972 466 466 0
1973 417 417 0
1974 353 343 10
1975 313 313 0
1976 338 330 8
1977 342 337 5
1978 313 313 0
1979 439 430 9
1980 489 478 11
1981 492 480 12
1982 513 507 6
1983 443 436 7
1984 497 491 6
1985 569 561 8
1986 489 482 7
1987 447 447 0
1988 493 493 0
1989 526 526 0
1990 447 447 0
1991 432 432 0
1992 379 374 5
1993 434 425 9
1994 488 488 0
1995 407 407 0
1996 375 375 0
1997 474 474 0
1998 497 497 0
1999 444 444 0
2000 463 463 0
2001 399 399 0
2002 375 375 0
2003 404 404 0
2004 355 355 0
2005 332 332 0
2006 316 316 0
2007 288 288 0
2008 272 272 0
2009 241 241 0
2010 232 232 0
2011 281 281 0
2012 261 261 0
2013 297 297 0
2014 340 340 0
2015 368 368 0
2016 456 456 0

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Popularity of Laurel as a first name

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Popularity of Laurel as a last name

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Common last names for Laurel

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Laurel U.S.
  White 22.53% 64.26%
  African American 8.01% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 16.18% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 49.60% 16.26%

Of Last Name Laurel

People with the last name Laurel are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Laurel

  • How Popular is the name Laurel? Laurel is the 1,052nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Laurel was the 14,920th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Laurel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 45,134 babies born with the first name Laurel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Laurel to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Laurel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Laurel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Laurel is Sunday, November 12th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Laurel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Laurel was in 1956 with a total of 1,182 babies. That's a lot of babies named Laurel!
  • Random Laurel Factoid: According to the 1953 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Laurel ranks 87th in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 19 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1953.
  • Weird things about the name Laurel: Your name in reverse order is Lerual. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lurela. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Laurel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,984 people with the last name Laurel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Laurel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Laurel as their last name since less than 1 person in 149k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • 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)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.