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A famous bearer of this name is the renowned children's author Laura Ingalls Wilder. She wrote nine books, and five were Newbery Honor Books.
-- AndrewJKD  3/24/2005
Not only was Laura Ingalls Wilder a famous author, she also is one of the most well-known western pioneers in American history.
-- Anonymous User  4/26/2007
Popular name in Germany, the -au in it is pronounced like the -ou in "cloudy".
-- Destry  4/15/2005
The Kanji (Chinese/Japanese characters) for Laura means "victory," reminiscent of placing laurel crowns on the heads of victors.
-- ellie bee  5/1/2005
I love this name. It is pretty, and simple. This is also the name of George W. Bush's wife, Laura Bush.
-- Anonymous User  6/23/2005
I love this name not only because it is mine, but because it sounds sophisticated, and it is not dated.
-- SadieMarch  6/23/2005
I love the name Laura. It's simple, yet very pretty.
-- Jordan9922  6/30/2005
President George W. Bush's wife, Laura, truly deserves this beautiful name. It's very sophisticated and lady-like.
-- Anonymous User  8/25/2005
A famous bearer is Laura Esquivel, author of "Like Water for Chocolate" and "Law of Love."
-- Phoenix Flower  10/7/2005
I've always found this name a bit plain. I don't really like it because it's my name and I would have prefered something more unique. I think it's a great name on other people, it just doesn't suit me.
-- Anonymous User  10/10/2005
I really don't like this name. I think it's plain and extremely common. And it's very irritating that it rhymes with my name, Nora, which is much more unique, and whenever I say my name, people think I'm saying Laura.
-- doodlebug  11/23/2005
I'm glad that I'm named Laura. There are many songs about Lauras and even a movie titled "Laura".
-- Lauraramoid  12/10/2005
My name is Laura pronounced LAW-ra, which I think is lovely, as is the common pronunciation LO-ra. I have found that in the western states it is more common to pronounce it the way I do where LO-ra is more common in the eastern states. My husband's sister is named Lara (LAW-ra) which is the spelling used in Russia. The meaning of this spelling is derived from Saint Larisa from Russia and not from the Laurel crown of ancient Rome. I absolutely love my name and recently had the honor of my cousin naming her darling little girl "Laura" after me. It is not as common now as it used to be, but may be one of those lovely classic names that makes a big comeback. If you do name your child Laura, do her a service on deciding how to pronounce it and don't let others get away with saying it wrong or mistaking it for one of the many variations that exist, for example, Lori, Laurie, Lora, etc. And make sure she reads the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She is a Laura anyone would be proud to share a name with.
-- laurawinkler  12/30/2005
It has been my observation that Laura is pronounced Law-ra or Lah-ra in the southern states, and Lor-a in the northern states.
-- Anonymous User  6/23/2006
Laura Fairlie is the fictional character in the book The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins. She's a beautiful girl with golden hair.
-- Anonymous User  1/15/2006
My name is Laura. I have to admit, I do not like to be called Lori. I think my name is beautiful and I'd like people to use it and not a short form of it. It doesn't have the same feel about it. I think Laura is simple yet wonderfully rich and warm to say. It suits me.
-- Anonymous User  1/23/2006
My name is also Laura and I've always wanted to know things about it. I was watching my favourite TV show Supernatural and there was a focus on the Woman in White (or LaLlorona) so I did some research on her and I found she has four names; Sofia, Maria, Linda and LAURA, each name with a different story. So I looked at Laura and this is what i found.

Laura was an attractive girl from an extremely humble background. Almost as soon as she could walk, she began working to help support the family. When she was sixteen she landed a dream job as a sales clerk. Within a few days on the job, she met Miguel, a well-to-do man who relentlessly pursued her until she finally agreed to go out with him. One evening after only a few weeks of knowing each other he asked her to marry him. Laura accepted, and that night she made love for the first time. After their passionate night, everything changed. Miguel refused to see her. Laura soon discovered she was pregnant and struggled to hide it as long as she could. When her parents finally found out, they threw her out of the house. Her baby was born sick and undernourished. With no other place to go, Laura turned to Miguel and begged for his help. He told her to stay out of his life. Laura wandered to a nearby lake and slowly walked into the water until both she and her baby were consumed. A few weeks later, Miguel mysteriously disappeared. Since then, men who have been out drinking or cheating on their wives have also disappeared, all having last been seen following a mysterious woman through the winding streets of the dark city. (this is from the website http://www.lallorona.com/La_index.html)
-- lorii3  1/28/2006
This is my mother's name, and she pronounces it LAW-ra, not LOR-uh. I love the way she pronounces it, and I think it is a lovely name.
-- claraelizabethann  2/27/2006
My mom's name is Laura, but it is spelled Lora! I like this spelling a lot! I think Laura should mean beautiful because all the Laura's I know are really pretty, including my Mom!
-- Anonymous User  3/3/2006
Laura Jean Reese Witherspoon is the birth name of actress Reese Witherspoon.
-- flowerkate  3/5/2006
It reminds of the song 'Laura!' LAURA was also the name and the character of a film starring Gene Tierney as Laura Hunt.
-- Anonymous User  3/8/2006
Famous bearer is Laura Ashley, a British designer.
-- Anonymous User  3/24/2006
My favorite female name. Simple, strong, not uncommon but also still unique and beautiful sounding. The few girls with this name I've known have all been wonderful people.
-- Weirdo87  4/4/2006
My name is Laura and I was named after Laura Ingalls Wilder, which I think is neat. I've never had a problem with my name, and I still think it's not too common, I didn't run into another Laura really until high school.
-- ljc  4/9/2006
The Italian poet Petrarcar made this name popular. In his sonnets he used the name Laura for the woman he loved, but who was unreachable for him. Schiller and other poets have since than used the name for women they loved, but who were out of their reach.
-- Zucker  4/18/2006
My best friend is called Laura and I think that the name is becoming increasingly popular and common, but I love the way it sounds and that it gives my friend an identity almost! If I make sense!
-- bubblybabe518  4/23/2006
Laura is such a pretty, feminine name, a real timeless classic. I just love this name.
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2006
The song "Laura" by "El Canto del Loco" is very famous and it's good.
-- Keira_111  4/27/2006
I used to like this name a lot. Now, I think it's alright. Not my favorite, but a good, solid name that will serve a girl well her whole life.
-- websurfer  5/28/2006
Heck yeah it's an awesome name, not just because it's my name too, but just because... think about it. Laura can be preppy, as it can also be like hippie. It's such a feminine yet unfrilly name. I love it and I love how it can be so different LAH-ra, LAW-ra, LAO-ra rolling the r like in Spanish. It's awesome! ;)
-- Lala1123  6/8/2006
Actress Laura Prepon plays Donna on "That 70's Show."
-- Tudor  6/14/2006
This is my friend's name, but she spells it Laurah. I like that spelling better because it is more unique.
-- smartblonde  6/28/2006
I think that Laura is a pretty name, it one of those semi-popular names that I really like. Also my sister is named Laura, and my best friend 3rd-6th grade was named Laura.
-- StevieGrl  7/18/2006
Laura Hawkins was the girl after whom Mark Twain modeled his character Becky Thatcher. She lived across the street from him when he was growing up, and her house can be visited by tourists today.
-- Anonymous User  7/18/2006
Sometimes I like being called Laura, and other times I don't like it at all. I think it's because there are so many girls with the same name, but it's also quite a pretty name compared to others.
-- LauraKate  8/9/2006
Laura is a nice name and all, but it is a bit boring, and I know so many Lauras that it has lost all individuality. I think it would be at its best teamed with another name to give it flair and originality, but alone it's not very interesting.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Laura here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html.
-- _satu_  9/3/2006
Laura has been very popular since the 1880's.
-- Anonymous User  9/20/2006
Laura: a song by the Scissor Sisters! Why don't you give me your love?
-- Kalvin  10/25/2006
There is an author named Laura Lippman.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
I think Lauren is too common a name.
-- kwebberag  11/30/2006
Laura is a gameshow model (Deal or No Deal) on NBC.
-- Taydbug112  12/15/2006
I am a Laura myself, and I sort of feel that my name is rather plain. But I still like it! I am intelligent, with a quirky sense of humour which most people don't understand (unfortunately). I like how my name comes from something that is awarded to the victorius, because I can relate to that (I always try to do my best and come out on top)!
-- Anonymous User  1/8/2007
I like this name, as I should considering it's mine but am extremely annoyed when someone calls me Lauren (a nice name but not mine). Just reading over the previous comments I only just learned about Laura Jean being Reese Witherspoon's first two names. I find this extremely interesting considering those are my first and second names. Also my name is pronounced LO-ra but I really like LAW-ra better.

Just for information. I live in eastern Canada and Laura is not a popular name at all so it's kinda more unique around here which I love!
-- LauraJean  2/26/2007
Too popular and boring. Spice it up a bit by pronouncing it luh-RAW. It gives it a sophisticated accent.
-- LibbyBeth  3/26/2007
I like this name for the fact that it is new but still has an old charm to it.
-- bandcamp2009  4/24/2007
Laura Skimpole was Harold Skimpole's Sentiment daughter in "Bleak House" by Charles Dickens.
-- Kate  5/2/2007
Also a feminine name in Slovenia. [noted -ed]
-- earthnut  7/2/2007
Laura is a name that's sadly been losing popularity among the years but I'm sure it'll make a big comeback. Laura is classic yet modern, it's strong yet refined, and its meaning definitely couldn't be better!
-- Anonymous User  7/12/2007
Laura is such a beautiful classic name! And quite uncommon too!
-- Fionafabulous  8/5/2007
Laura Palmer was the main character (more of a catalyst) for the cult TV series, Twin Peaks. Laura Dannon was Nora Zehetner's character in Brick, too - both breaking the wholesome "Laura Ingalls Wilder" mold for the name.
-- Anonymous User  8/27/2007
This is my name and I hate it. I've always thought that it's really plain and old fashioned and wish I had a name that's more modern and/or unique.
-- xxlaurasxx  9/5/2007
In the series Remington Steele, actress Stephanie Zimbalist played Laura Holt.
-- Anonymous User  9/18/2007
Mexican actress Laura Elena Harring, known for her role in Mulholland Drive.
-- Anonymous User  9/18/2007
So cute. Fits all ages and is great compared to the current popular names.
-- spaz123  9/23/2007
Czech and Slovak pronunciation is "LOW-rah".
-- Maggie_Simpson  9/24/2007
The most famous female soap opera character of the 1980's was General Hospital's Laura Spencer, played by Genie Francis. During her character's heyday on the show, Christopher Cross released a lachrymose single called "Think of Laura", about a friend of his who had passed away. The song became linked with the GH character, which was kind of weird, because the TV Laura wasn't dead.
-- elizabeth hamlet  10/7/2007
Famous bearer includes famous author Laura Ingalls Wilder, one of The Ingalls sisters, and second daughter of Charles & Caroline Ingalls.

Laura's character was in all of the 'Little House' books, portrayed by Melissa Gilbert in the famous '70's-'80's television series, and also in many miniseries and movies based off of the life of the Ingalls Family.

She married at 18 in 1885 and they had two children (one surviving): she had daughter Rose Wilder Lane, at age 19, and an unnamed baby boy, who died soon after birth in 1889.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was born in 1867 and died in 1957, 3 days after turning 90.
-- Sarah Elizabeth  10/31/2007
The Italian poet Petrarch wrote sonnets to his love, a woman named Laura.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2007
This is my name and I love it. During elementary and middle school I was the only Laura in my year. Now that I am in High School, there is only 1 other Laura. A good name because it is not to common, but it is not so unique that a child would be teased for it.
-- survivor_fan  1/25/2008
Laura Edwards is the name of a 1945 girl from the Sisters In Time series.
-- Patricia Underwood  2/16/2008
Not many people know this, but famous singer or actor (I don't know which he is) Justin Timberlake had a twin sister Laura Kathrine who died two minutes after her birth. She was born five minutes after the pop senstaion and died shortly after that.
-- Patricia Underwood  2/17/2008
Rhymes with 'boring'. Kind of. And that about sums it up for me. Not an ugly name in itself - it would really be quite striking if it were rare. And I like the Petrarch link. But about every other girl born in England in the 80s was named Laura. Yawn. It has become totally, totally colourless for me. I much prefer Lauren (which, I know, is the Laura of the 90s, but at least I didn't have to go to school with ten thousand of them).

I also prefer the Italian pronunciation, Low-ra (first syllable rhymes with "Ow!", or, er, "Ciao"!) Much perkier than "LAU-ra, BOR-ing, YAWn".
-- aquamarina  2/27/2008
A famous bearer is American actress Laura Linney (born February 5, 1964). She's received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for roles in films like "You Can Count On Me" (2000), "Kinsey" (2004), an additional Academy award nomination for "The Savages" (2007), an additional Golden Globe nomination for "The Squid and the Whale" (2005), and a BAFTA nomination for "Mystic River" (2003). She's also won Emmy Awards for her roles in the 2001 telefilm "Wild Iris" in 2002, as well as a guest appearance on "Frasier" in 2004.
-- AndrewJKD  3/18/2008
There's nothing wrong with the name itself, but it's far too common, and it has been ruined, at least for me, by people like the ghastly Laura Schlessinger and Laura Ingraham. I've heard of some other Lauras I haven't liked, so my impression of this name has been ruined by the nasty bearers.
-- slight night shiver  4/27/2008
My name is Laura and I LOVE my name. But I HATE HATE HATE it when people call me LORa. It's Lar-a.
-- knitastick  5/3/2008
Laura is my best friend's name! I love her name although I don't want it for myself! Laura rolls off the tongue nicely and I love her name so much!

P.S. Her name is pronounced Loh-ra! I like this pronunciation better than any other, unless it's spelled differently.
-- Elizabeth A.  6/9/2008
I have no idea where all you guys get the idea that Laura is such a popular name. I have been the only Laura my entire time in school. I have never met another Laura in my life.

Anyway, I like my name because it's so uncommon(here at least). I was named after my great grandma Laura, so it's a special name to my mom. I feel like with a name like Laura people take me much more seriously than if my name were something like Ashley. It's a feminine name, yet has some authority behind it. I used to not like it, but I've grown to appreciate and love my name.
-- LauraJune  6/25/2008
Oh, and my name is pronounced Lora, not Lara. I hate when people say my name that way.
-- LauraJune  6/25/2008
Laura is my mother's name. I have never met anyone else with it. When I think of the name, it is classic, refined, and not at all too common. It is a good name to have as an adult. Laura feels responsible and down-to-earth.
-- lurid_lucid  7/16/2008
There is the River Laura that runs through Romania and the Ukraine. It probably has a different pronunciation in those languages.
-- Hushpuppy  11/1/2008
My name is Laura (pronounced law-ruh) and I hated my name until I was about 13. It was never popular when I was small, so until I started camp, the only other Laura I had met was my great aunt. I love my name now, because although I have met a few other Lauras it still is not as common as Megan (or Meghan, Meaghan what have you). Also, it is pretty timeless because you can be 7 and have Laura seem like a regular name, but also be fifty and not have someone give you an inquisitive look. I love that my name comes from a flower and not some city off in the middle of nowhere. It's a hard name to have as a kid, though, because very few notebooks, pens, etc have Laura printed on them, and other children do not understand why your name is different.
-- imlaurahahaa  11/22/2008
My name is Laura. I used to like it when I was small, but now it's just too common. There are dozens of Lauras, Laurens and Lorraines at my school. It drags too much in my opinion: LAAAUUU-RAAHH *shudders*
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2008
A famous bearer is American actress/singer Laura Bell Bundy (born April 10, 1981). Among her notable stage acting credits include "Ruthless! The Musical" off-Broadway as Tina Denmark from March 1992 until January 1993, as Amber von Tussle in the Broadway production of "Hairspray" from July 2002 until July 2003, serving as standby in the Broadway production of "Wicked" for stars Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Laura Thompson, and as Elle Woods in the Broadway production of "Legally Blonde: The Musical" in Seattle in January and February 2007 and on Broadway from April 2007 until July 2008. Additionally, she starred as Marah Lewis on the soap opera "Guiding Light" from October 1999 until October 2001.
-- AndrewJKD  12/9/2008
Laura La Plante (November 1, 1904 - October 14, 1996) was a famous actress of the silent screen. She appeared, among other films, in "The Cat and the Canary" (1927) and Show Boat" (1929). She played Magnolia in the latter.
-- alberto  12/11/2008
There is a little girl named Laura in Silent Hill 2.
-- Rachelgirl1989  4/5/2009
Laura is a really sweet name! It's cute, yet very mature at the same time! This is one of the few manes that will sound good at any age and no nickname is really needed for such a pretty name XD.
-- Anonymous User  5/30/2009
Personally this name is very elegant, and lady like. It just seems to be old fashioned, which I like. There are two girls in my class with the name Laura, but one has it spelt differently, L.O.R.R.A which is made out of her parents names. I like both spellings, Lorra and Laura.
-- RezeyBoo  7/12/2009
This should be my name, my mommy wanted it. But my dear daddy decided that it will be Ena pronounced like Anna. Thank God that I'm not another Laura: 1st it's too common 2nd: It seems too "sweet". In Croatia, where do I live, it's pronounced LAH-oo-rah. Sorry to all Lauras, but I just don't like this name.
-- enchy  8/13/2009
I love this name, but it's way too common for me to want to use it.
-- bananarama  8/17/2009
Laura Dewey Bridgman (1829-1889) was the first deaf-blind American to get a good education, learn to communicate fully, and become famous, fifty years before Helen Keller. At the age of two, she caught scarlet fever along with the rest of her family, and got it so badly that she was not only rendered blind and deaf, but also lost her sense of smell and taste. In childhood, she was discovered by Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, director of the famous Perkins Institute for the Blind in Boston (and later husband of Julia Ward Howe), and given an education using tactile type and the manual alphabet. She met the fellow dead-blind Helen Keller when she was a much older woman.
-- Anyechka  9/10/2009
It's a Croatian name too. [noted -ed]
-- goricar  12/13/2009
A fictional famous bearer of this name is Laura Thyme from the ITV British murder mystery series Rosemary and Thyme, played by Pam Ferris. I also think this is a lovely name, but sadly a bit too overused. :)
-- walesgal92  4/3/2010
So BORING. I really can't see the appeal. Sorry.
-- Chrila96  10/26/2010
The lovely Laura Innes, who plays Sophia on the wonderful new TV series "The Event" is a famous bearer.
-- Anonymous User  10/28/2010
Laura can be derived from Laurentius (feminine Laurentia), meaning "someone from Laurentum". Laurentum was an ancient city in Roman Empire.
-- amonrising  10/30/2010
I've grown to think this name is pretty since my last comment, but it's still not unique in any form.
-- Chrila96  11/11/2010
I can't believe someone hasn't mentioned Laura Winslow, one of the main characters of Family Matters. Also, I pronounce the name LAW-rah.
-- EchoSketcher  12/6/2010
Actress Laura Dern is a famous bearer of this beautiful name. She is beautiful herself, and epitomizes what I would think a "Laura" would look like, although I have known several Lauras and they are all very different in looks and personality. Laura Dern has starred in a number of great movies, such as "Jurassic Park" and "October Sky". My mom wanted to name me this but my dad liked the wretched "Amanda" better. Curse you dad!
-- Anonymous User  12/21/2010
Laura Rogers is half of the musical duo, The Secret Sisters.
-- StrangeFate  1/17/2011
What's wrong with Amanda? Both Amanda and Laura are beautiful, historical, and charming names! :) And yes, Amanda was in fact used in the Middle Ages.
-- Anonymous User  2/7/2011
From the Latin root "Laura;" Feminine form of "Lawrence"

Literal Meaning: "Crown of Laurel Leaves"
Natural Meaning: "Victorious"
Spiritual Meaning: "Victorious in Spirit"

A crown of laurel leaves is bestowed upon the winner of a race (the one who is victorious)

Research into the characteristics of this namesake:

- Believes in doing her best
- Has a high endurance
- Is not jealous of competitors or those who excel
- Is polite, refined and well-spoken
- Is warm and sincere with her family
- Greatness is in her looks; resolved and brave
- Is quick-witted and often very clever
- Is a woman of many virtues
-- lme  2/26/2011
Even though this is so common (I know 5 Lauras), I think it's gorgeous! I love it!
-- Joy12  4/29/2011
My mother named me Laura after one of my ancestors. She was one of Queen Victoria's Dressmakers/Seamstress. Proud of that heritage & namesake. Although my boyfriend doesn't think my name is pretty enough--he says it's rather plain. Not sexy sounding enough for him. I'm not about to change my name for anyone that's for sure!
-- browneyedlady  6/18/2011
I've always found this name quite exotic and dramatic, I don't know why. Maybe it holds some sort of mystery within the laurel tree.
-- Hushpuppy  8/7/2011
My aunt's name is Laura. I love her so much - she's the best aunt ever! On top of that, I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and her books. Go for this name, it's pretty and awesome! Besides the only Laura I know is my aunt. :)
-- blondieboo629  10/27/2011
Love this name! I've never met a Laura before, and I think it's pretty. I chose the name for a doll when I was a kid, and have loved it ever since. I like the combination Laura Valerie.
-- the_awesome_elf  10/31/2011
I think the Spanish pronunciation of this name is SO beautiful :)
-- willarose93  12/22/2011
English folk musician Laura Marling.
-- Anonymous User  2/20/2012
'Ballet For Laura' and 'Laura's Summer Ballet' are children's books from the 1960s written by Linda Blake.
-- Anonymous User  5/24/2012
President Laura Roslin from Battlestar Galactica (2004), played by actress Mary McDonnell, is a famous character with this name.
-- roseandheather  12/14/2012
It's quite a pleasant name, but doesn't have much of a ring to it. And it was also the name of a person who wouldn't leave me alone for years, which puts me off it altogether.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2013
One of those names that's still beautiful no matter how popular it is, because the fact that its been so consistently popular is what makes it classic! :)
-- Oohvintage  1/28/2013
Laura Chinchilla is the current president of Costa Rica.
-- Buneary  3/5/2013
Laura is the eponymous Mary Sue of the poorly written fanfic Legolas by Laura.
-- Lolth  4/22/2013
Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the non-fictional series The Little House on the Prairies is a famous bearee.
-- gh1995  12/14/2013
A famous fictional bearer is Laura Petrie from the Dick Van Dyke show. She was played by Mary Tyler Moore.
-- shadow1999  1/6/2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder.
-- Piqueakh  4/4/2014
Another way to spell this name is Laurah.
-- Anonymous User  4/13/2014

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