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Latin, meaning "laurel tree" or "from Laurentium".


Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name; a variant of Laura or a modern feminine form of Lawrence. Popular in the 1990s and the 2000s.
    • 2004 Alice Munro, Runaway:Stories, Knopf 2004, page 214 ("Trespasses")
      "I don't like my name," said Delphine. "Nobody likes their own name."
      "I don't like mine."
      "Lauren's nice. They picked a nice name for you."
  2. A male given name, a rare spelling variant of Loren.
  3. A rare surname​.
    • 2007 Marcel Danesi, Why It Sells:Decoding the Meanings of Brand Names, Rowman&Littlefield 2007, page 59
      For example, the new York designer Ralph Lifshitz chose to change his "unpleasant-sounding" name to Ralph Lauren, creating a multi-billion-dollar clothing enterprise as a result.