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Quick Facts on Laney

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 676
Simple meaning:
Ray of light, sunbeam

Characteristics of Laney

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Laney

Laney is the English short form of the English/Welsh name Elaine (which itself is the Welsh equivalent to the name Helen). Helen is the English form of the Greek Hēlēnē (‘Ελενη) which most likely comes from the Greek “hēlios” meaning “sun” – more specifically, a sunbeam or ray of light. In ancient Greek mythology, Helen is the name made famous by the beautiful Spartan queen whose abduction by the Trojan prince Paris set in motion the epic Trojan War. She is known as the woman whose face “launched a thousand ships” and therefore often considered the most gorgeous woman who ever lived by mythological standards. Incidentally, it wasn’t this classical Greek beauty but rather a 3rd/4th century saint (Helena of Constantinople) who served to popularize the name among early Christians in medieval times. Saint Helena was the beloved mother of Roman Emperor Constantine I (272-337) who had the distinction of being the first Roman Emperor to convert to Christianity. According to popular legend, Helena is also credited with finding the “True Cross” (relics of the cross on which Christ was crucified) buried at a dig site she oversaw in Jerusalem (she is thus the patron saint of “new discoveries”). Helen will, however, be remembered most as the face that launched a thousand ships, but she also had the name that practically launched a thousand variations. Elaine became the Welsh form of Helen which the English eventually adopted from Wales and later shortened to Laney. Laney could also be considered a pet form of Delaney. Today Laney is used only moderately and mainly in the United States and Australia.

Popularity of the Name Laney

While Laney feels like a pretty modern name, it actually dates back to 1883 on the American female naming charts – longer than we would have guessed. But it only showed up in that one year before disappearing for the next 100+ years. Laney did not return to the charts until this century in the year 2000. Laney’s sudden reappearance is largely owed to a movie called “She's All That” (1999) starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. Cook played a character named Laney, an anti-social art nerd who the “Big Man on Campus” (Prinze) bets his friends he can transform into a prom queen. The film became one of the most popular teen movies of the 1990s and it successfully introduced young parents to the unpretentious moniker Laney. Today, Laney is used with only mild moderation, so it’s definitely an underused choice for parents looking for simplicity and originality. It has a certain strength and confidence in its simplicity. And it’s definitely not frilly or overly flowery. It’s pretty, upbeat and approachable. A solid choice for any baby girl.
Popularity of the Girl Name Laney
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Laney

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Laney

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Laney

    Laney We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Laney.

  • Popular Songs on Laney

    Popular Songs on Laney

    Laney - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Laney.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Laney

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Laney

    Laney's Lost Momma (Diane Johnston Hamm) - When Laney can't find her mother in the department store, she--and her lost momma--remember exactly what to do to find each other. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Laney: The Brookehaven Vampires (Joann I. Martin Sowles) - In a small college town in Northern California, Laney Alexander leads a regular, uneventful life–that is, until the charming and alluring Oliver Knight enters her world. Who is this gorgeous and mysterious stranger? Or, rather, what is he? As Laney’s sophomore year of college begins, so does an unbelievable adventure–including a love she didn’t know she longed for. She soon learns that Oliver is not ordinary, nor is the rest of his family, including a sister who openly hates her and a brother who will stop at nothing for revenge. As she fights for her life, and Oliver’s love, Laney discovers that the fictional world of vampires isn’t so fictional after all. Nobody is safe, especially Laney, Oliver’s most important priority, and he will stop at nothing to protect her. With her mortality at risk, and a commitment revealed that she, without a doubt, knows she wants, Laney’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn…Recommended for ages young adult.

    Miss Laney Is Zany! (Dan Gutman) - The weirdness never stops! A.J. has to go see Miss Laney, the speech teacher, which makes no sense at all because he already knows how to talk. Miss Laney has him say weird tongue twisters and forces him to be the lead in the third-grade play, Romeo & Juliet. And you'll never guess in a million hundred years who's going to play Juliet. Will there be kissing? Ew, disgusting! Recommended for ages 7-10.

  • Famous People Named Laney

    Famous People Named Laney

    Famous People Named Laney - We cannot find any celebrities or significantly famous people with the first name Laney.

  • Children of Famous People Named Laney

    Children of Famous People Named Laney

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Laney - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Laney.

  • Historic Figures

    Laney - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Laney - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Laney.

Personality of the Girl Name Laney

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Laney

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