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Lawrence or Laurence?

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boodleboot Fri 16-Sep-11 19:30:58

Which spelling do u prefer? I love Laurie for a boy (blame Little Women!) But think Lawrence is the stronger looking long form....Lawrie looks wrong tho my eye?

Its a nice name tho non?


boodleboot Fri 16-Sep-11 19:32:12

Lawrie looks wrong TO my eye......jeez....

CaptainMartinCrieff Fri 16-Sep-11 19:34:15

Laurence and Laurie!

The w looks totally wrong to me, especially Lawrie.

Kaekae Fri 16-Sep-11 19:34:17

Lawrence is a surname, its ours anyway!

Gincognito Fri 16-Sep-11 19:35:52


(It is also a surname, Kaekae!)

wigglesrock Fri 16-Sep-11 20:30:10

I much prefer Laurence, I think its a lovely name. I also think as Lawrence as more of a surname.

WorzselMummage Fri 16-Sep-11 20:31:14

Laurence smile

nodrog Fri 16-Sep-11 20:53:37


mycatsaysach Fri 16-Sep-11 20:55:47


never lawrie tho ds is lol

MelinaM Fri 16-Sep-11 21:13:54


Lonnie Fri 16-Sep-11 21:32:01

Laurence for me as well

MrsHuxtable Fri 16-Sep-11 22:01:51

I always thought Lawrence was the male version while Laurence is the female one? Might be wrong though but I know many Luxemburgish girl Laurences.

Kyrie Fri 16-Sep-11 22:07:33

Laurence for a first name is much nicer imo, Lawrence looks like a surname.

rachel234 Fri 16-Sep-11 22:10:31

Laurence is the female version of Laurent. Just like Florence is the female version of Florent. So to my ears definately a girls name.

Lawrence is a boys name.

mopsyflopsy Fri 16-Sep-11 22:16:36

Definately Lawrence for a boy. In France Laurence is a girls name, pronounced with the emphasis on the -ence, so Lau-RANSE.

boodleboot Sat 17-Sep-11 15:18:57

Oooh seems pretty divided....i kind of starting to think that Laurence does look girly prob cos of lauren girls name.....

Its a good boys name tho yes? Unusual without being weird? I find boys names really hard now that ds has my fav name of james and best friend has thre other name i loved in henry....

lchodge Sat 17-Sep-11 15:23:08

I like Lawrence but for the short version Laurie looks better although to me Laurie is a girls name in its own right, I know 2. Tough one!

CurwySwide Sun 18-Sep-11 09:11:37

Laurence and Laurie - love it (for the LW reference too!)

scarlettlips Sun 18-Sep-11 09:23:15

With a 'W' for me. Laurence is a girls name in France!

emmyloo2 Sun 18-Sep-11 09:33:16

With a "W" as well for me. Lawrie is a great nn.

As others have said, Laurence is a girl's name in France.

And yes -it's a fab boys name. Not overused and will work on little boy and man.

lchodge Sun 18-Sep-11 13:59:03

If you did spell it Laurence I think the majority here would think boy, not girl.

CurwySwide Sun 18-Sep-11 16:34:04

Just to chip in again, isn't Lawrence more of a surname (DH Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia) and Laurence a first name (Laurence Olivier)?

survivingsummer Sun 18-Sep-11 20:11:17

Here we go again (yawn) - we are in the UK, Laurence is a girls name in FRANCE!!! My DS (Laurence) has never been mistaken for a girl here in the UK. On the rare occasions he may visit France he can worry about it then....

I actually like both spellings of Laurence/Lawrence but because our Laurence is always Laurie he is with a 'U'. Great choice OP and my apologies about the rant!!

LaraandLittleBean Sun 18-Sep-11 20:42:05

My father was Lawrence, abbreviated to Laurie. My little one will have Laurie as a middle name.

hulabula Sun 18-Sep-11 21:56:56

Lawrence without a doubt for a boy.

Laurence is a (popular) girls name in French speaking countries and Laurie looks very feminine to me too.

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