What does Lorelei mean?
Lorelei \l(o)-re-lei\ as a girls' name is pronounced LOR-a-lye. It is of German origin. Place name: a rocky cliff on the Rhine river, dangerous to boat passage, has been poetically personified as the Lorelei, whose singing lures men to destruction. The name has an aura of risky allure. Writer Anita Loos used this when she created blonde bombshell Lorelei Lee in her novel "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes". Marilyn Monroe also added to its image with her portrayal of Lorelei in the 1953 film.
Lorelei is a very popular first name for women (#1922 out of 4276, Top 45%) but a unique surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Lorelei for girls. Lorelei was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its apex position of #479 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Lura and Lurline are the prominent alternative forms of Lorelei (#479 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these girl names reached its peak during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.2573%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.1737%, down 32.5%), with the version Lura becoming less fashionable. Lorelei (#479) is the most trendy birth name among these. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of the girl name Lorelei and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)