Laura counts as a classic girl’s name, ranking in the US Top 1000 every year since 1880, and spending most of those years in the Top 100.
Thanks to Lola for suggesting our Baby Name of the Day.
Laura: Nature Name
We’ve been taking inspiration from the Latin laurus for ages. It comes from the laurel tree, the source of leaves used to weave ceremonial crowns in the ancient world. Romans gave them to victors in sporting or military endeavors. The Greeks used them, too; the god Apollo is pictured wearing one.
That ties Laura to the natural world, but also to ideals of achievement, too.
Around the third century, Laurus was used as a masculine given name. The feminine form follows logically.