Joanne vs Laura - What's the difference?

joanne | laura |

As a proper noun joanne

is , a spelling variant of joanne.

As a noun laura is

(historical|roman catholic church) a number of hermitages or cells in the same neighborhood occupied by anchorites who were under the same superior.



Alternative forms

* JoAnne, Jo-Anne, Jo Anne * Joann, JoAnn, Jo-Ann, Jo Ann

Proper noun

(en proper noun)
  • .
  • * 1824 , The History of Matthew Wald , E. Duyckinck, Collins & Hannay, page 112:
  • "I have," said I; "and I have seen the young ladies too, except Miss Joanne ."
    "Ye may just as weel lay by the Miss, and ca' her Joan, like her mother afore her, noo -
  • * 1981 , Bodily Harm , Anchor Books, ISBN 0385491077, page 16:
  • She changed it when she was thirty-eight because, as she said, what can you do with a name like Joanne ? Too nice.



    (wikipedia Laura)

    Alternative forms

    * Lora (rare)

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • .
  • * ~1591 William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet : Act II, Scene IV:
  • Now is he for the numbers that Petrarch flowed in; Laura to his lady was but a kitchen-wench; marry, she had a better love to be-rime her;
  • * 1960 Peter S. Beagle: A Fine And Private Place . Random House Publishing, 1982:The Fantasy Worlds of Peter Beagle. ISBN 0345300815 page 258:
  • Laura was saying something. A mellifluous name, he thought. I wish she were far away, so I could call her.

    Usage notes

    * Also used as a feminine equivalent of Laurence.


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