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laurence...boy or girl? french or english?

(26 Posts)
mamaesi Thu 07-Jul-11 13:24:55

I heard this name the other day but am confused. Is it a boy or a girl?

what is the french spelling? what is the english spelling?

what do you think of when you hear it...

fraktious Thu 07-Jul-11 13:30:02

Girl in French - boy is Laurent

Technically unisex in English and spelt Lawrence/Laurence but more common for boys.

wigglesrock Thu 07-Jul-11 16:59:06

Oh and to really confuse you, I was told Laurence for first name, Lawrence for surname grin I like it, but dislike Larry so it put me off.

mayanna123 Thu 07-Jul-11 17:06:45

Definately a girls name.

Laurence is the female version of Laurent. Just like Florence is the female version of Florent.

tammytoby Thu 07-Jul-11 17:08:09


Lawrence is male name.

Thissideofchannel Thu 07-Jul-11 17:12:02

Female name, like Florence.

Laurent is the male version. Or Lawrence in the UK.

SloganLogan Thu 07-Jul-11 18:42:42

I prefer the spelling Lawrence.

LeMousquetaireAnonyme Thu 07-Jul-11 18:44:50

French girl: laurence

english boy: lawrence

BBNElea Thu 07-Jul-11 20:00:24

It's both.

In Britain it's male and has been popularly used as such since the middle ages (sometimes found in records latinised as Laurentius) . St Laurence (a male), martyred in Rome in 258, was a popular medieval saint. Its use in the UK sparked many patronymic surnames and variations including Lawrence, Lawrenson, Laurie, Lawson, Larry and Larkin.

In France it's a girls name, the feminine form of Laurent.

cat64 Thu 07-Jul-11 20:07:41

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bigbluebump Thu 07-Jul-11 21:30:48

Looks very feminine to me. Like Florence. I also find the nickname Laurie very feminine.

Laurent is lovely for a boy. Lawrence is a little surnamey.

orienteerer Thu 07-Jul-11 21:31:54

I'd assume it was a boy

meditrina Thu 07-Jul-11 21:32:43

Boy (unless you are Francophone).

Has been a boys name in Uk since the 6th century (check the saints!) and is a boys name also in US and Aus.

Ephiny Thu 07-Jul-11 21:59:48

I've never heard Laurence used for a girl in any language, though I appreciate that it's feminine in French. Would go for Laura/Lauren/Laurel for a girl, especially in English-speaking countries. Or indeed Florence if you like!

Not sure why Laurence becomes a boys name in English and Florence is for girls, but that seems to be the way it is!

Trinaluce Thu 07-Jul-11 22:02:51

Laurence Olivier
Laurence Fishburne
Lawrence Oates

No matter how you spell it, to me it's a boy's name.

cakeforbrains Thu 07-Jul-11 22:10:39

My female friend is named Laurence. She's french with an english DH. She gets really fed up of getting calls and letters asking for Mr Laurence Surname - the assumption in the UK seems to be that its a male name.

bigbluebump Fri 08-Jul-11 09:43:48

I know a female (french) Laurence, I like it pronounced the french way. Actually Florence also sounds nicer in French imo.

hellokitty123 Fri 08-Jul-11 10:31:51

Feminine form of Laurent in French speaking world.

Think Lawrence works better for a male imo.

sharbie Fri 08-Jul-11 10:35:16

my lawrence has never been called larry btw

DodgyTodger Fri 08-Jul-11 12:08:41

I find the nickname Laurie very feminine

Really? Even though it sounds like Lorry? grin

lisianthus Fri 08-Jul-11 12:53:11

I'd assume it was a boy.

lazylula Fri 08-Jul-11 13:33:40

I would definitely think boy, no matter how it was spelt. I have only ever met male Lawrence/Laurences.

ggirl Fri 08-Jul-11 13:35:37

My brother is Laurence.
He is scottish/canadian

hellokitty123 Fri 08-Jul-11 17:58:22

I'd pronounce Laurie as Laur (like Laura) - ee, not Lorry.

pranma Fri 08-Jul-11 20:23:23

Girl in Antonia Forrest's books about the Marlowe sisters-twins Laurece [Laurie] and Nicola.They also had Rowan and Karen[Kay],Virginia[Ginny] and poor Ann who seems to draw the short straw in more ways than one.
Their boys were Giles and Peter.

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