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My first name is Laura which is the feminine form of the Latin name Laurus Laurus meant laurel which is a tree with leaves used for the making of champions wreaths or cords The laurel leaves became a symbol for victorious emperors in Rome The name Laura became popular around the 9th century after Saint Laura of Coroba was martyred Later in the 14th century Petrarch an Italian Renaissance poet wrote about a lover named Laura bringing the name back into popularity Although the name Laura is more popular in Europe in the United States this name is ranked number 280Ive always known that my father picked out my name Im named after the song Lady Laura by Roberto Carlos a Brazilian singer The song is about a man reminiscing about the time with his mother and about how he still needs her hugs or listen to her voice on occasion My father always gets nostalgic when he listens to that song and he tells me that he named me Laura to remind him to always cherish his moments with me and to have a relationship similar to the man in the song Cardona which is my last name also happens to be the name of town in Barcelona Spain Besides that Cardona is also the last name of the founder of a small town called Neira in Colombia which is where the whole side of my fathers family was born When my father visited Neira last year he came back with a monograph about Neira Theres a whole chapter about my last name including family crests and a family treeI can relate to Gogol Ganguli from The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri because both he and I dont really like our names Laura Cardona sounds strange to me for some reason It doesnt roll off the tongue easily and whenever I have to say my full name out loud I get tongue-tied Knowing that my
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