1. Are you named after anyone? If so, explain.
My father, actually. My parents had actually been expecting a boy - it's what the doctors had said she was having - and my mother had planned to name me after him. When I was a girl, she apparently still decided to just name me after him anyhow. (His name being Laurence - yes, spelled like that - rather than Laura.) My middle name was my grandmother's middle name as well (Violet Marie), so that's also handed down.
2. Do you have your children's names picked out already? If so, is there any significance?
Doubt I'll ever have kids, but if I do ever have a boy I want to name him Tristain. Just because I like the name for some reason, and have ever since I first ran across it. Possibly Tristain Daniel. For a girl, I've toyed off and on with the name Kyrie, which I like, which is a plus, but on the negative side it has the stigma of not being an actual name (and I don't want to be one of Those Parents, ya know?), and also the fact that it's very tied to religion, when I obviously am not. Plus she'd go through life never having her name pronounced right by any teacher, ever. Not sure I could do that to a kid. Even if I am against "boring" names, having grown up with one.
3. If you were born a member of the opposite sex what would your name have been?
As I said, my mother wanted to name me after my father, ie Laurence Eugene (Jr). *shudder*. My father on the other hand wanted to name me after a brother of his that died in childhood - Therin (or Theron? Tharon? Not sure how it was spelled honestly... it's like the name "Sharon" but starting with "Th"). I think possibly I would have rather had the Laurence Eugene. Urgh. (Although had my mother thought of it, I could have been really "lucky" and named after my maternal grandfather, Clayton Leroy... I swear, I think I got off real damn lucky with my name when I stop to think about some of the names in my family.)
4. If you could re-name yourself what name would you pick and why?
You know... I've never really thought about it? I might like something a bit more unusual but not totally obnoxious. Or maybe have Marie as my first name, since I have liked that, "plain" as it is. Dunno if I'd have liked Violet or not, if my mother had gone that route. But then again I'm kinda of the thought that your name, for better or worse, helps mold who you are in the long run, so if I'd had a different name to start with, I might not be the same person, which would be... scary.
5. Are there any mispronunciations/typos that people do w/ your name constantly?
No mispronunciations, but people do get mixed up whether it's spelled Laura (correct) or Lara (incorrect). This was made worse for a few years in school when there was another girl in orchestra alongside me named Lura.