Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Lauren

The name Lauren is a short form of the French masculine name Laurence which was originally derived from Latin. The Latin Laurentius essentially means "someone from Laurentum.” Laurentum was an ancient Roman city in the Latium region southwest of Rome, and some Roman historians consider it the first capital of the Latins. As such, Laurentius was a common Roman given name during the classical era, and the name has persisted for millennia through the Middle Ages and into modern times in many forms (Laurence, Lawrence, Lorenz, etc). The name of the ancient city of Laurentum may have been derived from the Latin word “laurus” meaning "laurel" (a symbol of wisdom and accomplishment). The female “Lauren” however is a pretty recent mutation of the original name, and probably most popularized by a young Jewish girl from New York, Betty Joan Perske, who would later change her name to Lauren Bacall in the early 1940’s.

All About the Baby Name – Lauren

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME LAUREN

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME LAUREN

The name Lauren first appeared on the U.S. popularity charts in 1945, the year following the release of actress Lauren Bacall’s first film (To Have or Have Not). The movie skyrocketed Bacall to fame, and at the same time, her first name saw the same meteoric rise on the female naming charts. The name Lauren essentially went from complete obscurity to #354 on the charts that year. It maintained its moderate usage from the 1940’s throughout the 1970’s, and then achieved its peak of success in the 1980’s (her best year was in 1989 when Lauren was the 9th most popular girl's name in the country). Lauren maintained a position on the Top 50 list for almost two decades, averaging around #20. Only recently have we been seeing a small decline in usage. Although Lauren is still a Top 100 favorite in America, she may be heading off that list as we speak. Lauren is a beautiful name; it has a gentler, arguably more feminine, sound to it when compared to Laura. Even though Lauren has only been on the charts for a little more than half a century, it feels timeless.

Quick Facts

ON LAUREN

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

French

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

91

PRONUNCIATION:

LAWR-en

SIMPLE MEANING:

From Laurentum, wise

Characteristics

OF LAUREN

Authoritative

Powerful

Tough

Tenacious

Wealthy

Problem-solver

Achiever

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Lauren

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME LAUREN

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Lauren

Popular Songs

ON LAUREN

Lauren & I
a song by Celtic Thunder

Lauren's Cathedral
a song by Mando Diao

Song For Lauren
a song by the Blaire Reinhard Band

Famous People

NAMED LAUREN

Lauren Bacall (actress)
Lauren Hutton (model/actress)
Lauren Conrad (actress/TV personality)
Lauren Holly (actress)
Lauren Bush (model)
Lauren Graham (actress)
Lauren Ambrose (actress)
Lauren Bosworth (TV personality)
Lauren Frost (actress)
Lauren Tewes (actress)
Lauren Tom (actress)
Lauren Bacall (actress)
Lauren Hutton (model/actress)
Lauren Conrad (actress/TV personality)
Lauren Holly (actress)
Lauren Bush (model)
Lauren Graham (actress)
Lauren Ambrose (actress)
Lauren Bosworth (TV personality)
Lauren Frost (actress)
Lauren Tewes (actress)
Lauren Tom (actress)
Lauren Bacall (actress)
Lauren Hutton (model/actress)
Lauren Conrad (actress/TV personality)
Lauren Holly (actress)
Lauren Bush (model)
Lauren Graham (actress)
Lauren Ambrose (actress)
Lauren Bosworth (TV personality)
Lauren Frost (actress)
Lauren Tewes (actress)
Lauren Tom (actress)

Children of Famous People

NAMED LAUREN

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Lauren

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME LAUREN

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lauren