Laurence

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From the name of a third century Roman martyr, Latin Laurentius, "a person from Laurentum", the place name possibly derived from laurus (laurel) .

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Laurence

  1. A male given name
    • ~1591 William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, Act II, Scene IV
      Romeo: Bid her devise / Some means to come to shrift this afternoon; / And there she shall at Friar Laurence' cell / Be shriv'd and married.
    • 1835 Mary Shelley, Lodore, Wallis&Newell 1835, page 30:
      "I will do any thing, however impossible, if you will only not call me Mr Hervey. Why am I not Laurence to you - Miss Vivian calls me Laurence - I am Laurence to every one but you - let me hear you call me Laurence," in an earnest manner.
  2. A patronymic surname​.

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Laurence f

  1. A female given name, feminine form of Laurent.

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