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Actor Laurence Olivier was a famous bearer.
-- Anonymous User  12/19/2005
English artist, TV presenter of the popular home design show 'Changing Rooms', Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, is a famous bearer of the name.
-- Acquarella  4/20/2006
Laurence (called Laurie, or often Spud) Odell is the hero of The Charioteer by Mary Renault.
-- Marauder  12/7/2006
Theodore Laurence was a friend of the family in Little Women. They called him Laurie and sometimes Teddy.
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2007
There is a second interpretation of this name that is equally potential.
Naming children for cognomens of "Mighty", "Powerful", "Strong", "Victorious" was very common - and as the Victor is usually presented a crown of Laurels - this is the most likely understanding of the name Laurence, Laurentius - and all its cognoma.
-- Anonymous User  4/16/2007
I love this name so much! But then I love Laurence Olivier! It's a classic and it's a shame that it isn't more popular. I think it sounds both masculine and gentle, I would certainly consider this for a child.
-- littlescarlett  4/30/2007
Also pretty for a girl - I've known three female Laurences, two French and one Swiss.
-- Pie  10/17/2007
Laurenc and Laurent is also the Czech and Slovak form.
Pronounced as "Low-REN-ts".
Nicknames: Lauri, Laurek, Laurus, Renca, Rendy, Lauren.
-- Maggie_Simpson  10/23/2007
For a girl, Laurence is the feminine form of Laurent. Which can be confusing.
-- Anneza  7/8/2008
I much prefer this spelling to Lawrence.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  4/10/2009
Personally, I like Lawrence better. The "w" makes it look more masculine.
-- Dawson  12/12/2010
Laurence (better known as "Lol") Tolhurst, one of the founding members of the Cure, fired after not contributing to "Disintegration" (but still being credited) for excessive work-impairing drinking and drug usage. He is also co-founder of the band Levinhurst, with his wife, Cindy Levinson.
-- DaphneSusan  1/28/2011
Pronounced LOR-ents.
-- FlakyMatt  7/5/2011
Laurence strikes me as a very dignified name, but still casual enough to not be 'stuffy'.
-- Evantastic  8/10/2011
The name Laurence was given to 51 baby boys born in the US in 2012. I think it's a cute and refreshing name for a little boy, spelled this way or the more popular spelling Lawrence :)
-- Oohvintage  7/20/2013
VAVRINEC.

My surname is Laurinyecz. Our family moved from neighbourhood of Bozók (in Slovak Bzovík) onto Békéscsaba on the middle of 1700 years. The original name was "Lavrinecz", "Lavrinc", "Laurenti" or "Laurincz". In Bekescsaba changed the name to "Laurinyecz".
-- lauri  12/23/2013
The name Laurence was given to 59 boys born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/22/2016
Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles.
-- cutenose  1/28/2017
Laurence Joseph Mullen Jr. is an Irish musician and actor, best known as the drummer of the Irish rock band U2. Mullen's distinctive drumming style developed from his playing martial beats in a childhood marching band, the Artane Boys Band. Some of his most notable contributions to the U2 catalogue include "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "Pride", "Where the Streets Have No Name", "Zoo Station," "Mysterious Ways", and "City of Blinding Lights".
-- cutenose  7/4/2017

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