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Girl Name: Laverne

Name: Laverne
Pronunciation: \l(a)-ver-ne, lav(e)-rne\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl (Laverne's also a boy name)
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Verna
Variant forms: Laverine, Lavern, Laverna, Laverrne, Leverne, Loverna, Verne
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 455
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 70908


Laverne \l(a)-ver-ne, lav(e)-rne\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Laverne), is pronounced la-VERN. It is of Latin origin. The name of a Roman goddess who was patroness of minor criminals. It was probably adopted as a name based on a mistaken belief that it is similar to the word for "green" ("vert or "verde") in romance languages, giving it connotations of green trees or springtime.

Laverne has 7 variant forms: Laverine, Lavern, Laverna, Laverrne, Leverne, Loverna and Verne.

For more information, see also the related name Verna.

View a list of the 2 names that reference Laverne.


Laverne is a very popular first name for women (#455 out of 4276) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for both men and women (#70908 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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