Of English origin, the meaning of Laurence is 'man from Laurentum'. Laurence is a variant of the French name Laurent. It is a unisex name, and it is derived from the Latin name Laurentum, which was a Roman city on the Italian Peninsula. The Latin word also means ‘crowned with laurel leaves’. Famous people with this name include the English actor and political dissident Laurence Fox and the Irish patriot Laurence Ginnell.