Quick Facts on Laurel
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Characteristics of Laurel
Etymology & Historical Origin - Laurel
A Laurel is a fragrant evergreen tree or large leafy shrub native to the Mediterranean region. Due to its indigenous location and proximity to ancient civilizations, the laurel tree figures prominently in early Biblical, Greek and Roman cultures. The tree’s name is borrowed from the Latin “laurus” which means, quite simply, “laurel”. The Latin word, in turn, is somehow derived from the Greek word “daphne” (δάφνη) meaning “laurel” (it’s hard to believe the two words are linguistically related, but they probably are). In Greek mythology, Daphne was a mountain nymph with whom the god Apollo fell in love and, thanks to the trickery of Eros’ arrow, took chase in mad pursuit of the virginal beauty. In an effort to elude her pursuer, Daphne begged her father to intervene, at which point she was transformed into a laurel tree (hence her name). Grief-stricken, Apollo fashioned a wreath from her leaves (the laurel wreath became one of Apollo’s cult symbols). In both ancient Greek and Roman cultures, the laurel garland became a symbol of wisdom, honor and accomplishment – something awarded to the victor. In Christian tradition, St. Stephen was given the laurel crown as the first Christian to be martyred for his faith. The laurel tree will always bring to mind certain adjectives: most especially glory, victory and superiority. The names Laura and Lauren are also connected to Laurel
Popularity of the Name Laurel
As a female name, Laurel has been in circulation since the late 19th century, although the name didn’t adhere to the charts until the 19-teens. Naming baby girls after flowers and trees was quite fashionable at the turn of the 20th century (e.g., Hazel, Olive, Rose, Violet). Laurel jumped on this bandwagon a little bit later and achieved her highest levels of usage during the 1950s - even still the name saw only moderate success on a relative basis. Laurel has never been a trendy choice; she has never seen the kind of fashionable success enjoyed at certain times by Laura or Lauren. Yet the prettiness of this name arguably rivals her more overused sisters. This is a name that doesn’t need to prove anything and so she seems to be content just “resting on her laurels”.
Popularity of the Girl Name Laurel
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Laurel
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Laurel
Laurel We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Laurel.
Popular Songs on Laurel
Goin' Down to Laurel - a song by Steve Forbert
Green Grows the Laurel - a song by Cara Dillon
Laurel and the Rose - a song by Joan Armatrading
Laurel Lynn - a song by Dave Alvin
Children's Books on the Baby Name Laurel
Laurel & the Sprites' Mischief (Robert Rodriguez) - While all the fairies scurry to prepare for a rare birth of new woodfairies, someone plays mischievous pranks for which Laurel is blamed, so she and her pixie friend, Foxglove, plus an unexpected volunteer, set out to find the culprit. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Laurel and the Lost Treasure (Cassie Kendall) - Rumors of hidden gold and jewels tempt Laurel and her friends into exploring the dangerous Deeps. They soon find a treasure-hunting dwarf is already there at work. The secretive little man isn't eager to share the riches-or the surprising story of his past. Full color illustrations throughout. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Laurel Rescues the Pixies (Cassie Kendall) - Feeling out-of-place and out-of-sorts, Laurel decides to visit the village of her friend Foxglove. She's hardly had time to unpack before danger strikes. A fire is tearing through the forest. And it's headed right for the village. To save the pixies, Laurel suggests a daring plan. But will it save or doom her friends? Full color illustrations throughout. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Laurel the Woodfairy (Cassie Kendall) - When Foxglove the pixie stumbles into the fairy wood, it's Laurel who welcomes him. But she begins to doubt her wisdom when Foxglove disappears-along with the fairies' treasured Crystal. Laurel sets off on a dangerous quest through the Great Forest to find both the pixie and the Crystal. Full color illustrations throughout. Recommended for ages 7-10.
Famous People Named Laurel
Famous People Named Laurel - Laurel Clark (astronaut); Laurel Holloman (actress); Laurell K. Hamilton (writer); Laurel Massé (musician)
Children of Famous People Named Laurel
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Laurel - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Laurel.
Laurel - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Laurel - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Laurel.
Personality of the Girl Name Laurel
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Laurel