Oringally, Lauren was used mostly for boys as it was a variation on Laurence. Laurence comes from the Latin name Laurentius, which means "from Laurentum." Laurentum was a place in Roman Italy probably derived from the word for "laurel." As a girls' name it was probably first used on a girl by the film acress Lauren Bacall (real name: born Betty jean Perske in 1924). Since then, in the USA, it has been mostly a feminine name.
See Also: Lawryn, Lorynn, Lauren (boy)

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