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Laura (F)>

Laura (female)

Variants:Laure (F) Lauren (F) Laurette (F) Lauri (F) Llora (F) Lora (F) Lore (F) Loretta (F) Lori (F) Lorraine (F)
Diminutive(s):Lauretta (F) Laurette (F)
Pet Name(s):Laurel (F) Lauri (F) Laurie (F)
Pet Name for:Laurencia (F)
Derivative(s):Lauretta (F)
Masculine form:Laurence (M)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG

English, Spanish and Italian.

In Roman times there was a male name, Laurus, from "the laurel", which probably gave rise to Laura as a female equivalent.

Laura is a popular name in Spain and Italy. It may be derived from or cognate with, Lora, the German variant, or from a pet name for Laurencia the female form of Laurence, also from "the laurel".