Origin of the Name Lauren

The Lauren name is a variant of the boy’s name Laurence. It was originally a boy’s name until the actress Betty Jean Perske (1924 – 2014) adopted Lauren Bacall as her stage name. Today, Lauren can be used both for sexes, but it is more commonly used as a girl’s name.

Meaning of the Name Lauren

The meaning of Lauren is “from Laurentum.” Lauren is derived from Laurence which comes from the Latin Laurentius. Laurentum was a city in ancient Italy and its name probably came from the Latin laurus, which means “laurel”.


The popularity of Lauren is high but declining in the United States. While it is less popular now than it was in the 1990s, it is still the 91st most common girl’s name in the U.S. It is even more popular is Canada (75th), Scotland (74th), and Northern Ireland (78th).┬áIt is the 73rd most popular name in the Netherlands, and its popularity is growing. It is the 21st most popular girl’s name in Ireland. Lauren is less popular in England and Wales, where it is only the 126th most popular girl’s name.

Famous People with the Name

  • Lauren Branning the fictional character from the TV series EastEnders
  • Lauren Conrad is an American TV celebrity and fashion designer

Useful Resources

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