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Quick Facts on Larry

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 477
Simple meaning:
Man from Laurentum

Characteristics of Larry

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Larry

Larry is the short form of Lawrence/Laurence. The name originates from the Latin Laurentius essentially meaning "someone from Laurentum.” Laurentum was an ancient Roman city in the Latium region southwest of Rome, and some Roman historians considered it as the first capital of the Latins. As such, Laurentius was a common Roman given name during the classical era, and the name has persisted for millennia through the Middle Ages and into modern times in many forms (Laurence, Lawrence, Lars, Lorenz, Lorenzo, etc). The name of the ancient city of Laurentum may have been derived from the Latin word “laurus” which means ‘laurel’ (a symbol of wisdom and accomplishment). In antiquity, the laurel crown was given to those who had demonstrated remarkable achievements. The pet form Larry has been used as an independently given name, although mainly in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Larry

Surprisingly, Larry has been nearly as (if not sometime more) popular than his big brother Lawrence in the history of American naming practices. As a nickname, we would have expected to see Larry quite a bit less popular than the more distinguished full name of Lawrence/Laurence. Nope. It appears as if American parents really like simple nicknames as independently given names. This is a trend more specific to the United States compared to other English speaking nations, and it continues to be popular today. Other high or moderately ranked examples of this include: Sam, Jack, Jake, Max, Leo, Andy, and Danny. We prefer full names over nicknames simply because they provide your child with greater flexibility in adulthood. There’s still no reason why you can’t use the pet form in life; but at least you have that choice. Larry is like Jerry and Terry (and Ronny and Donny for that matter). SO mid-century. Consider Lorenzo, Lars or Lowry if you want to jazz up this outdated name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Larry
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Larry

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Larry

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Larry

    Larry Donovan (My Ántonia) My Ántonia, written in 1918, is considered Willa Cather’s greatest achievement. It revolves around the free-spirited Bohemian girl (Ántonia) and her friends growing up in Black Hawk, Nebraska during the era of pioneers. Larry is the boy who uses Ántonia’s infatuation with him to his advantage. After asking her to marry him, Larry impregnates her, steals her money and runs off without her. Not exactly the most sympathetic of characters, huh? Jim, the novel’s narrator, really dislikes him (but then again, Jim is secretly in love with Ántonia). As a transient passenger conductor on a railroad, Larry freely lives the life of a womanizer. But high-spirited Ántonia nonetheless raises her (and Larry’s) child alone with the same determination, fearlessness and resolve that is representative of the brave people who settled the American west.

  • Popular Songs on Larry

    Popular Songs on Larry

    Hats off to Larry - a song by Del Shannon

    Hey Larry - a song by Dean Friedman

    I Remember Larry - a song by Weird Al Yankovic

    I Still Like Larry - a song by Five Iron Frenzy

    Just Like Larry - a song by Dispatch

    Larry - a song by Buffalo Tom

    Larry - a song by Catie Curtis

    Larry The Logger Two-Step - a song by Doobie Brothers

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Larry

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Larry

    Dirty Larry (Bobbie Hamsa) - All Rookie Readers actively engage young readers, encouraging language development, building fluency, and promoting independent reading. By targeting a skill, like learning about repetitive text, young readers are building fundamental reading skills with the help of fun, lively, colorfully illustrated stories. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Elizabeth and Larry (Marilyn Sadler) - Whimsy abounds in this heartwarming tale of two best friends--a 62-year-old lady and an alligator "pushing forty." Recommended for ages 5-9.

    Larry and Rita: Brand New Readers (Jamie Michalak) - A lively porcupine and chipmunk make a fun-loving duo. Things get a bit prickly when Larry the porcupine dances with Rita the chipmunk — or when they engage in beach adventures, bubble-blowing, or bottle tossing at the fair. Meet a brand-new pair in these four funny tales with a final twist, perfectly suited for first-time readers. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Larry Bird: The Boy from French Lick (Francine Poppo Rich) - Larry Bird is one of the most accomplished basketball players in American History, but he doesn’t hold any big secrets to the game or any super human talent. His keys to his success have always been practice, persistence, and a belief in himself. Most books about famous athletes focus on the career of the person as a professional athlete. This story focuses only on Larry Bird s life BEFORE he became the star of the Boston Celtics. This is the story of his childhood. Meticulously researched, Francine Poppo Rich crafts the important details of Larry Bird s early life into a powerful, true story of one boy s determination to play the best game of basketball he could play. From the age of thirteen, Larry Bird possessed a single-minded approach to his game: practice the basics. Rich weaves the words of Larry Bird s childhood experiences in such a way that even the youngest basketball player will be inspired to play with a passion. Award-winning illustrator, Robert Casilla, has painted the characters of Larry Bird s world with stunning accuracy. Casilla s portrayal of French Lick, Indiana and the people who influenced Bird in the 1970s provide an unforgettable portrait of a boy growing up in a place that he will always call home. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Larry Gets Lost in San Francisco (Michael Mullin) - In this new adventure, Larry the dog, after chasing down a donut, loses his owners and stops by San Francisco’s landmarks and cultural attractions on his quest to find them. Filled with candy-colored retro illustrations, this lively book gives children a dog’s-eye view of the City by the Bay. Larry hits all the highlights: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Coit Tower, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, AT&T Park, Mission Dolores, and the historic Cliff House overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Sidebar entries add to the story, offering factoids about each of the places the peripatetic pooch visits. Other “Larry Gets Lost” titles include the cities of New York, Chigaco, Los Angeles, and Seattle as well as the state of Texas and Alaska. A fun and educational series! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Larry the Lawnmower (Jeanne Archambault) - Children ages 2 to 6 love this story! Larry is a dedicated little lawnmower . The children can easily identify with his moods. It's a delightful story all written in rhyme. Larry loves mowing lawns. One day, however, he's replaced and stored in the shed. What happens to Larry? This is a timeless story about the many emotions to which all children can relate. It incorporates an important message about recycling and the values that are instilled in Larry. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Limelight Larry (Leigh Hodgkinson) - This book is FANTASTIC because it is all about Limelight Larry. In fact, it is SO fantastic that Larry doesn't think there is any room on the pages for anyone but him! But after Larry kicks everyone out, he wonders what IS the point of showing off all by yourself? It certainly isn't much fun. Introducing Limelight Larry, an unforgettable new star in the world of children's books! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mess Detectives: The: The Trouble with Larry (Doug Peterson) - Case #683--The Trouble with Larry Junior has a little problem at school: he doodles, he whispers, and well, he messes around. Now his grades are in the dumpster! But Bob and Larry are on the case, asking all-important questions. Will Junior ever pay attention in class? Will he even listen to his parents or to God? Pay close attention and you'll find the answers. (And you'll probably find them quicker than a certain detective who isn't listening very well!) Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Larry

    Famous People Named Larry

    Famous People Named Larry - Larry Bird (basketball player); Larry Page (co-founder of Google); Larry King (TV personality); Larry Hagman (actor); Larry Flynt (founder of Penthouse); Larry Brown (basketball coach); Larry Doby (baseball player); Larry Little (football player); Larry MacPhail (baseball); Larry Murphy (hockey player); Larry Robinson (hockey player); Larry Walker (baseball player); Larry Wilson (football player); Larry Fitzgerald (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Larry

    Children of Famous People Named Larry

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Larry - Hank Aaron (baseball player); Joey Bishop (member of the “rat pack”); Larry Flynt (Penthouse founder); Larry King (TV personality)

  • Historic Figures

    Larry - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Larry

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Larry

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