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Lorenzo

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Quick Facts on Lorenzo

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 237
Pronunciation:
lo-REN-tso
Simple meaning:
Man from Laurentum

Characteristics of Lorenzo

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Lorenzo

Lorenzo is the Italian and Spanish form of the name 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.

Popularity of the Name Lorenzo

Lorenzo has achieved consistent, if moderate, usage in America for well over 100 years. This is owed mainly to the Italian and Latino/Hispanic populations of the United States. The name has never done anything remarkable on the charts except for maintaining itself pretty well, never wavering. Lorenzo is definitely a name identifiable with the Italians in particular but he is also a Shakespearean character (see Merchant of Venice below). In 2008, Lorenzo was ranked as the 5th most popular boy’s name in Italy. Interestingly, Lorenzo is also a popular name in France. It has become such a cosmopolitan choice that we see it as a cross-over name and a potentially jazzier version to the ho-hum English Laurence and Lawrence. It’s masculine, sexy and friendly all at the same time. There’s just something about those Italian/Spanish names that give off such a macho vibe, but are also so poetically romantic.
Popularity of the Boy Name Lorenzo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lorenzo

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Lorenzo

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lorenzo

    Lorenzo (The Merchant of Venice) Lorenzo is a central character in William Shakespeare’s play “The Merchant of Venice” written around 1597. In fact, he is the one who marries Jessica (the daughter of the usurious Shylock). She detests her father’s money-lending business and calls living in his house “hell”. Like a latter-day rebellious teenager, she elopes with Lorenzo and converts to Christianity for him. Did we mention Shylock is a Jew? This play is riddled with anti-Semitic sentiment (in the Shakespearean illuminating and pointed way that is), even Lorenzo calls Shylock a “faithless Jew” and wonders if evil will befall him for marrying a Jew’s daughter. Before Lorenzo elopes with Jessica, she manages to load herself up with some of Daddy’s ducats – probably making her slightly more attractive to Lorenzo (we’re jus’sayin’!) Was Lorenzo simply a gold-digger or was he ahead of his time in the mixed-marriage category? You be the judge.

  • Popular Songs on Lorenzo

    Popular Songs on Lorenzo

    Lorenzo - a song by Phil Collins

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Lorenzo

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Lorenzo

    Lorenzo de Zavala (Kathleen Tracy) - Lorenzo de Zavala started his political career in Mexico in the early 19th Century and then became Vice President of the Republic of Texas and one of the signers of its Constitution. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Lorenzo De' Medici (Lee Hancock) - A biography about Florence's great leader and Patron of the Arts (Rulers, Scholars, and Artists of the Renaissance). Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Lorenzo's Revolutionary Quest (Rick Guzman) - This exciting action-adventure for young-adults continues the story of the Spanish contribution to the American Revolution. In his last adventure, Lorenzo Bannister swept across the southern colonies of England and Spain, from the teeming ports of New Orleans to the fertile plantations of Virginia, struggling to deliver crucial supplies to George Washington. Now, in this sequel to Lorenzo’s Secret Mission, the intrepid young adventurer is back to fulfill his commitment to the American Revolution. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Lorenzo's Secret Mission (Lila Guzmán) - Armed with a long knife, flint-lock musket, and his father's medical bag, fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Banister sets off to fulfill his father's deathbed wish. Lorenzo joins a secret flatboat operation delivering much-needed medicine and gunpowder to George Washington's army, leading the reader on a romping ride from the docks of New Orleans to the battlefields of the American Revolution. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Lorenzo: The naughty parrot (Tony Johnston) - Lorenzo, a green parrot who lives in a Mexican garden, serves as a pesky watch bird, “protecting” his family from birthday party guests, presents, and even San Nicolas on Christmas Eve. Recommended for ages 6-10.

    Starring Lorenzo, and Einstein Too (Mark Karlins) - The Fabulous Fortunatos sing, dance, and juggle brilliantly, so Lorenzo is sure he has been born in to the wrong family - the only thing he can do is math! In fact, he's been building a spaceship on the family's Brooklyn roof. One day, Albert Einstein attends the show, and he recognizes the scribbles on Lorenzo's hand for what they are: genius. The two blast off on a zany adventure, but when homesickness sneaks up on Lorenzo, he learns an important lesson - his family misses him too, and it takes more than one type of talent to make the Fortunatos fabulous. This endearing and silly story celebrates the power of individuality, the importance of big imagination, and the ways we all fit in - even when we least expect it. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Who Framed Lorenzo Garcia? (Ruth Sims) - Set in the mid-1990s, The Pride Pack is a group of teenagers who band together to help each other out in a time before teens were equipped with cell phones, when homework was done in a notebook rather than on a laptop, and when gay-straight alliances were nothing but a pipe dream. Just as 16-year-old Ramon Torres thinks he has found a safe haven, someone sets up his foster father, police officer Sergeant Lorenzo Garcia, for arrest. His homophobic caseworker effectively cuts off communication between the two. So Ramon realizes it is up to him to find out-WHO FRAMED LORENZO GARCIA? Luckily, he has the support of the Pride Pack, his friends from the local gay and lesbian community center! But before they expose the perpetrators more than one of their lives will be in danger. Recommended for ages 11-15.

  • Famous People Named Lorenzo

    Famous People Named Lorenzo

    Famous People Named Lorenzo - Lorenzo Lamas (actor); Lorenzo Ghiberti (artist); Lorenzo di Piero de' Medici (Italian statesman and ruler of the Florentine Republic during the Italian Renaissance); Lorenzo il Magnifico (Italian hero); Lorenzo Lotto (painter); Lorenzo Amoruso (soccer player); Lorenzo Dow (religious)

  • Children of Famous People Named Lorenzo

    Children of Famous People Named Lorenzo

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Lorenzo - Anthony Quinn (actor); Arlene Dahl (actress); Snooki (reality TV star)

  • Historic Figures

    Lorenzo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Lorenzo

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 - Lorenzo

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