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Laurel

Laurel is the name of a tree derived from Latin laurus meaning “laurel”. It derives from Ancient Greek daphne (laurel, bay), likely coming from a much older source; the letters changed from d- to l- due to a change in dialect. Laurel is also a surname, likely derived as a place name for someone who lived near a laurel tree. The laurel tree, in the language of flowers,  means ambition and glory, and in Ancient Greek it symbolized victory; winners of games were given a wreath of bay laurels. The laurels were also a symbol of the god Apollo due to the myth of him chasing after the nymph Daphne, who was turned into a laurel tree.

Origin: Ancient Greek

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Variants:

  • Laurell (English)
  • Laurelle (English)
  • Lorelle (English)
  • Lauryl (English)
  • Laura (Ancient Roman, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovene, Croatian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Dutch)
  • Laurea (Latin, English)
  • Laure (French)
  • Lowri (Welsh)

 

Male forms:

  • Laurus (Ancient Roman)
  • Lauro (Italian)

 

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