Meaning and Origin of: Lawrence

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Crowned with laurel

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Latin : Laurel crown
  • Czechoslovakian : Crowned with laurels

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : from the Middle English and Old French personal nameLorens, Laurence (Latin Laurentius ‘man fromLaurentum’, a place in Italy probably named from its laurels or bay trees). The name was borne by a saint who was martyred at Rome in the 3rd century ad; he enjoyed a considerable cult throughout Europe, with consequent popularity of the personal name (FrenchLaurent, Italian, Spanish Lorenzo, CatalanLlorenç, Portuguese Lourenço, GermanLaurenz; Polish Wawrzyniec (assimilated to the Polish word wawrzyn ‘laurel’), etc.). The surname is also borne by Jews among whom it is presumably an Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Ashkenazic surnames.

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