Laurel Name Meaning & Origin

Laurel

Pronunciation: LAW-rəl (key)

Origin of the name Laurel:

Taken from laurel (an evergreen shrub or tree). The name came into use in the 19th century.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Laurie, Laura

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Nicknames for Laurel

Elle, Ellie, Laurie, Lo, Lollie, Dodie, Lodie, Lolo, LaLa, Laurelle, Lola, Lulu, Lor

Meanings and history of the name Laurel

Wreaths of laurel were used to crown heroes in ancient Greece and Rome. The plant was associated with Apollo, god of the sun, reason and music.

Famous real-life people named Laurel

Laurel McGoff, American actress best know for her appearance in the CBS reality show "Kid Nation".
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich - feminist historian; her book "A Midwife's Tale" won a Pulitzer Prize; she also launched the phrase, "Well-behaved women seldom make history."
Laurel Burch - artist/artisan and activist
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy - slapstick comedy duo
Laurell K. Hamilton - novelist
Laurel Robertson - author of well-known vegetarian cookbook, "Laurel's Kitchen"
Laurel Holloman, an American actress

Laurel in song, story & screen

Song For Laurel by Catch The Rabbit
There is a band named Bay Laurel
Laurel Sewell is the name of the main character in the novel "Wings" by Aprilynne Pike
Dr. Laurel Weaver from the film "Men in Black"
Laurel Gand, the civilian name for the DC comics superheroine Andromeda
Laurel Kent, a distant descendant of Superman from DC comics
Laurel Stevenson, a character in Stephen King's "The Langoliers"
Laurel Lance, a character in the TV series "Arrow"

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