The Name Laurence And Its Meaning

The name Laurence means laurel or man from the Latin name Laurentum, and it is a name that has persisted in this spelling and the one with a W that you will note is Lawrence.

This particular spelling has been used by many famous people that you will recognise because the meaning of Laurence and the nicknames that come with it make it pretty popular.

It is very important for people to remember that they are going to be able to have the best name possible for their kid when they have names like this backing them up. This name has a nice meaning that also means favored, honorable, and strong as it relates to the Olympic laurel.


Laurence was not in the top 100 baby boys’ names in England in 2016.

Famous People Called Laurence

The famous English actor and director Laurence Olivier
The famous English actor and director Laurence Olivier

Laurence, although not currently popular it has been particularly during the 1900’s to the 1950’s and it belongs to some very impressive people.

  • Laurence Olivier – a famous English actor from Dorking in Surrey who dominated the British stage during the mid-20th century
  • Laurence Geller – British born, investor, author and philanthropists
  • Laurence Fishburne – An American actor and film director
  • Laurence of Canterbury – was the 2nd Archbishop of Canterbury

Useful Resources

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