I’ve always enjoyed finding out what the meaning or origin of a name is. I don’t really know why this is, and if it makes me a weirdo, so be it; being weird is a hell of a lot better than being normal anyway.
I’ve looked up my name on Urban Dictionary before, which, if you never have, I highly encourage you to do so; it can provide some rather hilarious information. But, I wouldn’t exactly say Urban Dictionary is the most reputable source for information, so I figured I should probably look into the etymology of my first name, and I did the same for my family members.
For the sake of this post, we’re focusing on my name only. I’ve decided to be a selfish bitch.
My first name is Lauren. When my mom was pregnant with me, she and my dad were positive I was a boy. Thus, when I entered the world, they were a little surprised and didn’t have any girl names picked our prior – only boy ones. It took them some time to come up with a female name they liked, and they went with Lauren, inspired by both Lauren Bacall and Lauren Hutton. Lauren Bacall was an actress, and Hutton a model.
Not terrible folks to be named after, I know.
When researching the history of my name, I learned Lauren is a variant of the male name Laurence. I was floored when I discovered that Lauren Bacall, who I am literally named after, was the first woman to popularize the feminine version of the name Laurence by using the stage name Lauren Bacall considering her actual name was Betty Jean Perske. One of the incredible ladies I am named after is responsible for making the name Lauren, for a woman, known, and I think that is pretty fucking awesome.