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Laine is a popular international baby name suitable for both girls and boys. With origins in Northern European tradition, Laine remains versatile enough for a prominent role in modern-day culture. Laine Cummings is a character in The Baby-Sitters Club, and Laine Parker is the titular heroine of Justice for Laine. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning and Origin of the name Laine:

Laine is a gender neutral name of Estonian and Finnish origin meaning “wave.” The English origin of Laine means “small roadway” or “path.” The Greek origin gives Laine the meaning “torch,” “light,” or “moon.”

Laine is a unique baby name with several etymologies. The most prominent etymology of Laine is the Estonian or Finish surname that means “wave.” This surname later became an extremely popular baby name for girls. In English, Laine is also an alternative spelling of the name Lane (meaning “roadway,” “avenue,” or “path”). And in other parts of the world, Laine is a nickname for Elaine. This name derives from the Greek word ἑλένη and means “torch,” “light,” or “moon.”

Symbolism of the name Laine:

Laine is a popular given name and surname in Northern Europe. The name Laine means “wave” in Finnish and Estonian. In Finnish mythology, Vellamo is the goddess of water who controls storms and ocean waves. Vellamo is married to Ahti, the Estonian god of the sea. Symbols for Vellamo include sea foam and marine life.

Nicknames for the name Laine:

Laine is a cute name for boys or girls. There are a handful of options for nicknames. We put these options in the list below to help you find a nickname you like for your baby named Laine.

Baby name Laine


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Laine is a wonderful name for both boys and girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Laine:

The name Laine evokes feelings of calm confidence.

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Popularity of the name Laine:

Laine is a surname as well as a first name suitable for both boys and girls. In English-speaking countries, Laine is either an alternative spelling of Lane or the diminutive of Elaine. According to the Social Security Administration index, Lane was the 256th most popular name for boys in 2020. Elaine was the 519th most popular baby name for girls in 2020.

Great middle names for Laine and their meanings:

  • Augustine (exalted, venerable, increase)
  • Breanna (hilltop, high, noble)
  • Calista (most beautiful)
  • David (beloved)
  • Imogen (maiden)
  • Isodora (gift of Isis)
  • Kinsey (king's victory)
  • Océane (ocean, water, sea)
  • Penelope (weaver)
  • Romilly (dweller of Rome)
  • Sabrina (river goddess)
  • Zion (highest point, citadel)

Famous people with the name Laine:

  • Laine Brown (travel writer)
  • Laine Erik (Olympic runner)
  • Laine Hardy (singer)
  • Laine MacNeil (actress)
  • Laine Mesikäpp (folk music curator)
  • Laine Mägi Michelson-Adamson (actress)
  • Laine Peters (Olympic curler)
  • Laine Jänes Randjärv (politician)
  • Laine Selwyn (basketball player)
  • Laine Reseda Villenthal (cleric)
  • Laine Cummings (character in The Baby-Sitters Club)
  • Laine Parker (titular heroine of Justice for Laine by Susan Stoker)
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