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Quick Facts on Laurie

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Laurie

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Laurie

Laurie is the English diminutive of Laura, a Late Latin female name derived from an ancient Roman masculine name “Laurus” meaning “laurel”. In the days of ancient Greece and Rome, leaves from the laurel tree were used to fashion garland crowns worn by the victors of battle, politics, sports, education or any such endeavor valued among these ancient Mediterranean civilizations where the fragrant shrub natively grows. Believe it or not, the Latins developed “laurus” from the Greek word for the laurel tree: “daphne” (δάφνη). It’s hard to believe these two distinctly different words are linguistically related, but they probably are by way of the Sabine dialect (an early Italic tribe that ultimately assimilated into the Latinized Roman Republic). 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 (which is how 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. In Christian tradition, St. Stephen was given the laurel crown as the first Christian to be martyred for his faith (the Greek “stephanos” means “garland crown”). The glorious, victorious “Laurus” tree has spawned several female given names outside of Daphne and Laurel; most notably Laura and Lauren, but also Lora, Laurie, Lorrie, Lorie, Lori, Lorene, Loretta and Lara just to name a few! Laura came into widespread usage in the Middle Ages thanks to a 9th century saint, Laura of Córdoba. Laura was a Spanish nun who lived in Córdoba during the Moorish (Muslim) occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. She was placed into a cauldron of boiling lead and scalded to death for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. Legends of such Christian martyrs became well-known throughout medieval Europe and naming children after saints was very common. However, what really created interest in the name Laura was the 14th century Italian Renaissance poet Petrarch. Laura de Noves was the real-life object of his desire and the reason he abandoned the priesthood. She apparently aroused all his passionate love which he was unable to reconcile with his religious expectations. Since Laura was a married woman, Petrarch’s love would remain unrequited. Therefore, Laura is often associated with a beautiful woman loved, but one who is out of reach. As mentioned earlier, Laurie is merely a modern diminutive of Laura (“little laurel”). Laurie actually has a longer history of being used as a masculine pet form of Laurence before becoming gender-neutral. Today it is mostly considered feminine.

Popularity of the Name Laurie

Laurie dates back to the late 19th century on the U.S. female naming charts, but usage was spotty at best. The name really didn’t find her stride until the 1940s and hit her peak popularity in the 1960s. In fact, 1960 was her best year ever at position #37 on the charts (not too shabby!). Laurie would claim Top 100 status in the country for almost 20 consecutive years between 1954 and 1972. In the 1980s, however, this name pretty much went into a freefall decline on the charts. Both Lauren and Laura are still ranked moderately high today, yet Laurie has not claimed Top 1000 status on the charts since 1994 (only 40 baby girls received the name Laurie in 2012 and only six were given Lorie). The “-ie” suffix sweetens up Laura and gives her a more casual, relaxed sensibility.
Popularity of the Girl Name Laurie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Laurie

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Laurie

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Laurie

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

  • Popular Songs on Laurie

    Popular Songs on Laurie

    Laurie (Strange Things Happen) - a song by Dickey Lee

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Laurie

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Laurie

    Laurie (Elfi Nijssen) - A valuable resource for children who struggle with hearing problems, as well as those who do not, this is a story about Laurie, a special young girl with a problem that makes her different from a lot of the kids around her: she cannot hear. Sometimes she doesn’t understand what other people are saying, and playing at the playground often leads to fights with the other kids. Luckily, Laurie’s dog Laika never makes her feel sad for being different. Then one day, Laurie goes to the ear doctor, and the hearing aid he gives her helps her to hear the world around her. Recommended for ages 3-5.

    The Wave (Todd Strasser) - The Wave is based on a true incident that occurred in a high school history class in Palo Alto, California, in 1969. The powerful forces of group pressure that pervaded many historic movements such as Nazism are recreated in the classroom when history teacher Burt Ross introduces a "new" system to his students. And before long "The Wave," with its rules of "strength through discipline, community, and action”, sweeps from the classroom through the entire school. And as most of the students join the movement, Laurie Saunders and David Collins recognize the frightening momentum of "The Wave" and realize they must stop it before it's too late. Recommended for ages 14+

  • Famous People Named Laurie

    Famous People Named Laurie

    Famous People Named Laurie - Laurie Metcalf (actress); Laurie Anderson (musician); Laurie Warder (Australian male tennis player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Laurie

    Children of Famous People Named Laurie

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Laurie - Fred MacMurray (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Laurie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Laurie

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 - Laurie

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