Lawrence

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lawrence

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

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A town in northeastern Kansas on the Kansas River; scene of raids by John Brown in 1856
  2. English novelist and poet and essayist whose work condemned industrial society and explored sexual relationships (1885-1930)
  3. United States physicist who developed the cyclotron (1901-1958)
  4. English actress (1898-1952)
  5. English portrait painter remembered for the series of portraits of the leaders of the alliance against Napoleon (1769-1830)
  6. Welsh soldier who from 1916 to 1918 organized the Arab revolt against the Turks; he later wrote an account of his adventures (1888-1935)
  7. Roman martyr; supposedly Lawrence was ordered by the police to give up the church's treasure and when he responded by presenting the poor people of Rome he was roasted to death on a gridiron (died in 258)
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  1. A male given name, the usual spelling of Laurence in the U.S.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

Notable Persons Named Lawrence

Lawrence Page is a computer scientist, list of internet entrepreneurs, and internet entrepreneur. He holds the title CEO of Alphabet Inc and CEO ofAlphabet Inc. Lawrence was born Lawrence Page on March 26th, 1973 in East Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

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Mr. T is an actor, motivational speaker, wrestler, bodyguard, and television personality. His ongoing career started in 1980. Mr. was given the name Lawrence Tureaud on May 21st, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Larry David is an improvisational theatre, observational comedy, sketch comedy, deadpan, and political satire comedian. Larry was given the name Lawrence Gene David on July 2nd, 1947 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Larry Linville was an actor. He was most active from 1960 to 1996. Larry was given the name Lawrence Lavon Linville on September 29th, 1939 in Ojai, California. He left this life on April 10th, 2000.

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Larry King is a radio and television personality. His ongoing career started in 1957. Larry was given the name Lawrence Harvey Zeiger on November 19th, 1933 in Brooklyn.

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Lawrence Summers is an 8th Director of theNational Economic Council, 27th President of Harvard University, 71st Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, United States Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Chief Economist of the World Bank, and World Bank Chief Econo. Lawrence was given the name Lawrence Henry Summers on November 30th, 1954 in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15th, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.

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T. E. Lawrence is a military person.

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Martin Lawrence is an observational comedy, physical comedy, satire, and ribaldry comedian. Martin was given the name Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence on April 16th, 1965 in Frankfurt.

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D. H. Lawrence was a modernism writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1907 to 1930. D. was given the name David Herbert Richards Lawrence on September 11th, 1885 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, United Kingdom. He breathed his last breath on March 2nd, 1930.

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Raghava Lawrence is a film actor, film director, dancer, choreographer, music composer, philanthropist, actor, dance, choreography, composer, philanthropy, and music composerandphilanthropist. He was most prominent from 1993 to present. Raghava was born on October 29th, 1976.

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Joey Lawrence is an actor, singer-songwriter, record producer, and game show host. His most notable accomplishments were from 1982 to present. Joey was given the name Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, Jr. on April 20th, 1976 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Joey is also known as Joe Lawrence and Joseph Lawrence.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 257 0 257 #65 boy name
1881 244 0 244 #66 boy name
1882 287 0 287 #63 boy name
1883 282 0 282 #61 boy name
1884 262 0 262 #71 boy name
1885 288 0 288 #64 boy name
1886 331 0 331 #57 boy name
1887 283 0 283 #60 boy name
1888 343 0 343 #61 boy name
1889 342 0 342 #56 boy name
1890 378 6 372 #52 boy name
1891 389 0 389 #46 boy name
1892 468 0 468 #44 boy name
1893 395 0 395 #51 boy name
1894 430 0 430 #49 boy name
1895 509 0 509 #42 boy name
1896 506 7 499 #46 boy name
1897 512 7 505 #41 boy name
1898 533 0 533 #44 boy name
1899 502 5 497 #40 boy name
1900 659 0 659 #40 boy name
1901 535 0 535 #37 boy name
1902 604 6 598 #37 boy name
1903 546 10 536 #43 boy name
1904 667 5 662 #38 boy name
1905 678 8 670 #38 boy name
1906 723 6 717 #36 boy name
1907 801 0 801 #34 boy name
1908 821 6 815 #35 boy name
1909 862 8 854 #35 boy name
1910 1,017 8 1,009 #35 boy name
1911 1,231 10 1,221 #37 boy name
1912 2,476 9 2,467 #38 boy name
1913 2,870 17 2,853 #35 boy name
1914 3,723 20 3,703 #36 boy name
1915 4,716 28 4,688 #37 boy name
1916 4,758 16 4,742 #38 boy name
1917 5,117 22 5,095 #36 boy name
1918 5,404 33 5,371 #38 boy name
1919 5,231 26 5,205 #38 boy name
1920 5,750 22 5,728 #36 boy name
1921 6,010 32 5,978 #37 boy name
1922 5,805 22 5,783 #36 boy name
1923 5,942 27 5,915 #36 boy name
1924 5,799 24 5,775 #36 boy name
1925 5,659 26 5,633 #36 boy name
1926 5,624 40 5,584 #36 boy name
1927 5,612 43 5,569 #37 boy name
1928 5,636 43 5,593 #38 boy name
1929 5,334 30 5,304 #38 boy name
1930 5,669 31 5,638 #36 boy name
1931 5,397 30 5,367 #38 boy name
1932 5,324 30 5,294 #35 boy name
1933 4,935 29 4,906 #38 boy name
1934 5,350 25 5,325 #34 boy name
1935 5,376 28 5,348 #35 boy name
1936 5,363 22 5,341 #37 boy name
1937 5,529 24 5,505 #38 boy name
1938 5,898 25 5,873 #36 boy name
1939 5,911 29 5,882 #36 boy name
1940 6,196 24 6,172 #35 boy name
1941 6,681 29 6,652 #34 boy name
1942 7,670 33 7,637 #30 boy name
1943 7,601 22 7,579 #32 boy name
1944 7,160 32 7,128 #32 boy name
1945 7,189 23 7,166 #30 boy name
1946 8,537 21 8,516 #31 boy name
1947 9,604 23 9,581 #32 boy name
1948 9,788 25 9,763 #31 boy name
1949 10,275 24 10,251 #32 boy name
1950 10,201 23 10,178 #33 boy name
1951 10,284 23 10,261 #33 boy name
1952 10,331 34 10,297 #35 boy name
1953 9,869 27 9,842 #37 boy name
1954 9,635 27 9,608 #39 boy name
1955 9,153 23 9,130 #42 boy name
1956 8,909 29 8,880 #42 boy name
1957 8,770 28 8,742 #46 boy name
1958 7,559 28 7,531 #52 boy name
1959 6,641 34 6,607 #62 boy name
1960 6,414 27 6,387 #64 boy name
1961 6,110 26 6,084 #67 boy name
1962 5,646 28 5,618 #70 boy name
1963 5,734 25 5,709 #68 boy name
1964 5,480 23 5,457 #68 boy name
1965 4,984 23 4,961 #66 boy name
1966 4,680 29 4,651 #66 boy name
1967 4,375 31 4,344 #67 boy name
1968 4,120 17 4,103 #67 boy name
1969 4,078 29 4,049 #71 boy name
1970 3,853 30 3,823 #83 boy name
1971 3,552 26 3,526 #85 boy name
1972 2,848 23 2,825 #100 boy name
1973 2,551 25 2,526
1974 2,565 21 2,544 #100 boy name
1975 2,387 24 2,363
1976 2,273 21 2,252
1977 2,342 31 2,311
1978 2,272 26 2,246
1979 2,281 21 2,260
1980 2,188 19 2,169
1981 2,214 21 2,193
1982 2,153 17 2,136
1983 2,047 19 2,028
1984 1,884 15 1,869
1985 1,956 14 1,942
1986 1,811 23 1,788
1987 1,918 21 1,897
1988 1,873 14 1,859
1989 1,766 14 1,752
1990 1,790 11 1,779
1991 1,748 16 1,732
1992 1,622 7 1,615
1993 1,551 0 1,551
1994 1,273 6 1,267
1995 1,149 0 1,149
1996 1,122 7 1,115
1997 984 0 984
1998 1,040 0 1,040
1999 918 0 918
2000 888 0 888
2001 810 0 810
2002 793 0 793
2003 817 0 817
2004 768 0 768
2005 733 8 725
2006 728 0 728
2007 771 0 771
2008 676 0 676
2009 635 0 635
2010 579 0 579
2011 592 0 592
2012 599 0 599
2013 584 0 584
2014 641 6 635
2015 582 0 582
2016 612 0 612

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Popularity of Lawrence as a first name

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Popularity of Lawrence as a last name

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Common last names for Lawrence

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Nelson
  • Lewis
  • Young

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lawrence U.S.
  White 68.87% 64.26%
  African American 24.65% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.93% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.30% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.50% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lawrence

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

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Fun Facts about the name Lawrence

  • How Popular is the name Lawrence? Lawrence is the 140th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lawrence was the 232nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lawrence have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 458,316 babies born with the first name Lawrence in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lawrence to occupy the country of Brunei with an estimated population of 422,700 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lawrence? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 257 new born babies.
  • When was Lawrence first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lawrence is Thursday, October 3rd, 1816.
  • What year had the most people named Lawrence born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lawrence was in 1952 with a total of 10,297 babies. That's a lot of babies named Lawrence!
  • Random Lawrence Factoid: According to the 1924 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lawrence ranks 46th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 379 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1924.
  • Weird things about the name Lawrence: Your name in reverse order is Ecnerwal. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cwaeelrn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lawrence? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 129,699 people with the last name Lawrence.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lawrence? Lawrence was ranked as the 232nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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