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Feminine form of the late Latin name, Laurus, meaning "laurel." The leaves of laurel trees were used to make victors' garlands in ancient Rome. May also be a variation of Lawrence. Hisotrical namesakes include Saint Laura, a 9th-century Spanish martyr and nun who was thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors, and Laura Secord, a Canadian heroine during the War of 1812. A name that has ranked within the top 100 for the majority of the 19th and 20th centuries, many of those years peaking in the top 20. Its also known for famed author during the 1930s and 1940s, Laura Ingalls Wilder, who wrote the series of historical fiction books for children based on her pioneer childhood which led to the long-running television show, "Little House on the Prairie," starring Melissa Gilbert as "Laura Ingalls." The name was inspired during the 1980s for fictional duo "Luke and Laura," the signature supercouple of the soap opera, General Hospital. Their marriage on the show in 1981 attracted 30 million viewers, making it the highest-rated hour in soap opera history. , Laurel-Crowned

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