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Lorenzo or Laurence

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AureliaSabina Wed 12-Oct-16 03:45:19

Which do you prefer between Lorenzo and Laurence? We are trying to decide between the two. His background is partly Italian but he will grow up in the U.K.

Optimist3 Wed 12-Oct-16 04:18:40

Just adore Laurence and Lawrence. Not keen on laurenzo at all.

CoffeeCoffeeAndLotsOfIt Wed 12-Oct-16 04:53:19

Laurence - 100%

Sugarpiehoneyeye Wed 12-Oct-16 07:04:52


MothershipG Wed 12-Oct-16 07:11:59

Lorenzo - nickname Enzo.

CoteDAzur Wed 12-Oct-16 07:20:27

Depends if you have a gIrll or a boy.

Lorenzo is an Italian boys' name.

Laurence is a French girls' name. (Boys' version is Laurent, with a silent t)

NameChange30 Wed 12-Oct-16 07:29:10

Well, Laurence is a boy's name in the UK, so unless the child is also part French, I don't think it's relevant that it's a girl's name in France. Although I suppose you could spell it Lawrence to be on the safe side.

How Italian is he exactly? Lorenzo sounds very Italian to me so I think I'd only use it if he was half Italian and was going to learn the language.

pinkmagic1 Wed 12-Oct-16 07:30:48

I prefer Lorenzo.

AureliaSabina Wed 12-Oct-16 07:50:07

Thanks namechange. He is half Italian and will likely learn the language (his sister is fluent). We go to Italy frequently. But he will grow up in England. Would you go for Lorenzo in that case?

Portobelly Wed 12-Oct-16 07:54:04

Use the Italian, celebrate his mixed heritage.

I think it's even more important to do this visibly at a time when this country is trying to batten down the hatches and make itself an insular nation.
I intend to name my next child after his Polish, Swedish, Italian and Scottish grandparents.

NameChange30 Wed 12-Oct-16 08:00:20

In that case I would use either! I like Enzo as a nickname, so I'd probably go for Lorenzo, but Laurence is nice too (what nickname would you have? Laurie?)

Shesinfashion Wed 12-Oct-16 08:01:29


Penhacked Wed 12-Oct-16 08:03:48

Lorenzo. We have mixed Italian/English children and chose an Italian name for Ds when in uk. It makes them unique and helps bring up his mixed heritage. Now living in Italy but even if you move you will find a classic name like Lorenzo is not common now (loads of Diego and Micol's) so it is appreciated in both places. Italian family will struggle with Laurence pronunciation too!

NameChange30 Wed 12-Oct-16 08:04:05

Helpful hmm

NameChange30 Wed 12-Oct-16 08:04:34

Cross post, mine was in response to shesinfashion

MsJuniper Wed 12-Oct-16 08:05:25

I have a Lawrence and often call him Lorenzo as a nickname - not sure if that helps!

I would be tempted to honour the Italian heritage as he can always shorten it later if he wants.

naughtymutha Wed 12-Oct-16 08:11:30

I would go with Lawrence as the abbreviation of Laurie is nicer than Enzo (thinking Enzo the baker from the godfather grin). Lawrence also sounds more regal/classic wink

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CEOD Wed 12-Oct-16 08:44:10

I like them both too and am stuck between them both too. My husband is Spanish and my other sons have a Spanish first name but I vetoed this time and said I want to choose the name but I actually like Laurence AND Lorenzo and can't decide which sounds best. Especially with a Spanish surname!

NavyandWhite Wed 12-Oct-16 08:52:18

Enzo is gorgeous!

Pipilangstrumpf Wed 12-Oct-16 09:29:20

For a boy? Definitely Lorenzo!

Laurence sounds and looks feminine (like Florence).

Cocochoco Wed 12-Oct-16 09:31:26

Lorenzo is much nicer than Laurence. Love Enzo!

DoItTooJulia Wed 12-Oct-16 09:35:35

Lorenzo is fabulous

0pti0na1 Wed 12-Oct-16 10:08:35

Lorenzo, although I like both.

Oysterbabe Wed 12-Oct-16 10:10:13

I would choose Lorenzo due to Italian heritage.

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