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Of Latin origin.

From the Latin word “laurus”, meaning “laurel”.

The laurel is a highly symbolic plant.

The ancient Greeks used laurel leaves to make laurel wreaths.

These wreaths were considered divine and were awarded to Olympic games winners and to poets who won the poetic competitions.

In Greek mythology, the god Apollo was represented wearing a laurel wreath on his head.

Other forms of the name are Laurelle, Lorel, Laurie, Lorelle.

Laurel is associated with the names Laurence and Lawrence.

After several years of descending, since 2012 the name is climbing places in the U.S.A. baby names’ popularity list and was ranked #643 in 2016.

Famous bearers Laurel Clark, Laurel Holloman, Laurel Halo, Laurel Arnell-Cullen, Laurel Goodwin.