Laurence

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40k
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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Laurence

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

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From the name of a third century Roman martyr, Latin Laurentius, "a person from Laurentum", the place name possibly derived from laurus (“laurel”) .

  1. A male given name
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Laurence was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Laurence

Lana Wachowski is a film and tv director, screenwriter, producer, comic book writer, video game director, video game writer, and film producer. They were most active from 1994 to present. Lana was given the name Laurence Wachowski on June 21st, 1965. Lana is also known as Larry Wachowski.

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Laurence Fishburne is an actor, film director, film producer, and playwright. He has had major accomplishments since 1972. Laurence was given the name Laurence John Fishburne III on July 30th, 1961 in Augusta, Georgia, U.S. Laurence is also known as Larry Fishburne.

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Laurence Fox is an actor, singer-songwriter, and guitarist. He has been prominent since 2001. Laurence was given the name Laurence Paul Fox by his parent James Fox on May 26th, 1978 in Yorkshire, England.

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Kim was given the name Laurence Kim Peek on November 11th, 1951 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. He passed away on December 19th, 2009.

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Laurence Fink is a chairman and chief executive officer of blackrock, blackrock, and chairman and chief executive officer ofblackrock. Laurence was given the name Laurence Douglas Fink on November 2nd, 1952 in Van Nuys, Los Angeles.

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Laurence Harvey was an actor. He was most prominent from 1948 to 1973. Laurence was given the name Laruschka Mischa Skikne on October 1st, 1928 in Joniškis. Laurence is also known as Zvi Mosheh Skikne. He died on November 25th, 1973.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Laurence

Sir Timothy Laurence is a military person. His military service ended in 2011.

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Oona Laurence is an actress. She was most active from 2009 to present. Oona was born on August 2nd, 2002 in New York, U.S.

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Ashley Laurence is an actor and actress. She was most active from 1984 to 1984. Ashley was born on May 28th, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Margaret Laurence was a canadian literature and children's literature novelist, essayist, academic, chancellor, and chancellor (education). Margaret was born on July 18th, 1926 in Neepawa. She left this life on January 5th, 1987.

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William was given the name Leib Wolf Siew on March 7th, 1888 in Salantai, Lithuania. He breathed his last breath on March 19th, 1977.

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Laurence was a christian bishop. He passed away on February 2nd, 0619.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 25 0 25
1881 28 0 28
1882 24 0 24
1883 28 0 28
1884 24 0 24
1885 33 0 33
1886 43 0 43
1887 28 0 28
1888 38 0 38
1889 32 0 32
1890 47 5 42
1891 46 7 39
1892 45 0 45
1893 58 5 53
1894 46 0 46
1895 58 0 58
1896 64 5 59
1897 69 0 69
1898 83 9 74
1899 71 8 63
1900 86 5 81
1901 60 0 60
1902 77 6 71
1903 77 0 77
1904 80 7 73
1905 82 5 77
1906 89 8 81
1907 84 6 78
1908 97 6 91
1909 94 5 89
1910 123 9 114
1911 128 7 121
1912 277 6 271
1913 320 6 314
1914 384 5 379
1915 471 9 462
1916 479 9 470
1917 503 8 495
1918 567 10 557
1919 547 16 531
1920 562 11 551
1921 609 11 598
1922 592 12 580
1923 550 7 543
1924 580 6 574
1925 570 18 552
1926 610 0 610
1927 589 6 583
1928 586 12 574
1929 591 6 585
1930 570 7 563
1931 525 8 517
1932 479 0 479
1933 426 0 426
1934 489 0 489
1935 427 0 427
1936 432 0 432
1937 448 0 448
1938 485 6 479
1939 548 0 548
1940 604 0 604
1941 530 5 525
1942 671 5 666
1943 648 0 648
1944 581 0 581
1945 591 0 591
1946 708 0 708
1947 778 0 778
1948 774 6 768
1949 801 0 801
1950 807 0 807
1951 828 6 822
1952 854 11 843
1953 755 7 748
1954 712 0 712
1955 640 0 640
1956 651 0 651
1957 610 5 605
1958 539 0 539
1959 519 0 519
1960 512 0 512
1961 553 12 541
1962 519 0 519
1963 512 7 505
1964 463 7 456
1965 370 5 365
1966 354 5 349
1967 355 7 348
1968 330 9 321
1969 308 6 302
1970 304 0 304
1971 230 0 230
1972 214 0 214
1973 204 0 204
1974 184 0 184
1975 180 0 180
1976 174 0 174
1977 163 6 157
1978 145 6 139
1979 152 0 152
1980 160 0 160
1981 168 0 168
1982 165 0 165
1983 134 0 134
1984 152 0 152
1985 143 5 138
1986 119 0 119
1987 115 0 115
1988 113 7 106
1989 152 7 145
1990 133 11 122
1991 116 0 116
1992 124 0 124
1993 101 0 101
1994 102 0 102
1995 125 0 125
1996 114 5 109
1997 96 6 90
1998 97 0 97
1999 86 0 86
2000 77 6 71
2001 68 0 68
2002 79 5 74
2003 81 0 81
2004 71 0 71
2005 61 0 61
2006 76 5 71
2007 55 0 55
2008 53 0 53
2009 55 0 55
2010 41 0 41
2011 48 0 48
2012 51 0 51
2013 45 0 45
2014 59 0 59
2015 59 0 59
2016 55 0 55

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Popularity of Laurence as a first name

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Popularity of Laurence as a last name

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Common last names for Laurence

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  • Miller
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  • Williams
  • White
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Nelson
  • Young
  • Clark
  • Wilson
  • Peterson
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  • Murphy
  • Walker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Laurence U.S.
  White 79.59% 64.26%
  African American 11.57% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.08% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.43% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Laurence

People with the last name Laurence are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Laurence

  • How Popular is the name Laurence? Laurence is the 1,145th most popular name of all time. As a last name Laurence was the 9,722nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Laurence have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 39,559 babies born with the first name Laurence in the United States. That's more than enough people named Laurence to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Laurence? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 25 new born babies.
  • When was Laurence first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Laurence is Friday, August 6th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Laurence born? The highest recorded use of the first name Laurence was in 1952 with a total of 843 babies.
  • Random Laurence Factoid: According to the 1936 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Laurence ranks 102nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 5 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1936.
  • Weird things about the name Laurence: Your name in reverse order is Ecnerual. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Craenule. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Laurence? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,336 people with the last name Laurence.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Laurence? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Laurence as their last name.

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