National Larry Day falls on April 30. This All-American name was derived from the French Laurent but has transformed from a fancy European name to a more rustic and friendly name. There are nearly a million Americans called Larry, there’s bound to be one that you would like to celebrate on this holiday. So, stay tuned and read on for more interesting facts about this age-old name! The name Larry is an English masculine name that was derived from the French name, Laurence.
History of National Larry Day
The name Laurence is traditionally used as a feminine name meaning ‘bright one.’ The masculine version is Laurent. It’s derived from the Latin word ‘Laurentius’ meaning ‘Man from Laurentum,’ referring to the ancient Roman city. It possibly originated from the Old Greek name Lavrenti as well. The Italian variations are Ilario or Ilaria. The English version of this name is Lawrence, the nicknames for which are Larry and Lawrie. However, it is also common to use Larry as a given name.
While Larry was first considered a nickname, it began being used in the U.S. in 1880. The name was given to 13 newborns that year. It grew in popularity and reached its peak in the 1930s. In 1939, it became the number one name in Kansas. The most newborns given this name were in Texas in 1952. From 1880 to 2018, there have been 809,287 Larrys born.
This previously European has become very American and a staple in American T.V. The most notable ones are Larry Burns (or Mr. Burns as you might know him) from “The Simpsons.” Larry is the name usually reserved for a friendly neighbor or a parent. It invokes the image of an older man, usually cold and firm. For this reason, this name has greatly declined in popularity in the last decade.
National Larry Day timeline
Larry Fine (or Louis Feinberg) becomes part of the “Three Stooges.”
Larry Miller is born, ready to give us his iconic roles in “10 Things I Hate About You,” “The Princess Diaries,” and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”
Larry Bird wins his third M.V.P.
Larry Sanger co-founds Wikipedia.
National Larry Day FAQs
Is the name Larry biblical?
The name Larry is not mentioned in the bible.
Is the name Larry old-fashioned?
The name Larry was widespread in the ‘30s but has declined since then. It is considered old-fashioned but could make a cool nickname.
Can Larry be a girl name?
While Larry is traditionally a masculine name, some use it as a first name or a nickname for their girls.
National Larry Day Activities
Enjoy Larry’s creation
There are so many Larrys out there, it’s no wonder so many of them are famous. Take the day to enjoy the works of your favorite Larry, whether it’s a movie, show, or browsing through Wikipedia.
Post about a Larry
Make a social media post to tell people about your favorite Larry and their works. It can even be a friend or family member. Maybe even yourself.
Revive the name
This originally French name has become very American. This holiday is your chance to help boost the name to the top 100 again. Tell people about the works of Larrys around the world and suggest the name to any expecting friend.
5 Little-Known Facts About Famous Larrys
The best Larry
Larry the cat has served as Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office of the U.K. since 2011.
“Seinfeld” was created by a Larry
Larry David helped create the beloved sitcom “Seinfeld,” one of the most popular American T.V. shows of all time, ranking number two by the Writers Guild of America.
Larry King wasn’t always called that
Larry King is one of the most famous Larrys, but he was born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger.
Larry Fine lived in hotels
Larry Fine’s wife disliked cleaning and housekeeping, so the family lived in hotels for years, one of which was the President Hotel in Atlantic City.
Larry the cat loves Obama
Larry, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, is very careful in the way he conducts himself around politicians, however, he is very fond of Obama, allowing him to give him a few strokes.
Why We Love National Larry Day
There are many great Larrys
This holiday is your opportunity to express your love for your favorite Larry. There are so many great ones to honor and celebrate!
It can resurface
Don’t overlook Larry as an option! While this name is associated with middle-aged men, it can make a cute name for a girl or a quirky nickname for a boy.
America is a new country with borrowed names. This previously French name has been transformed into a short and more American form.
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