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What does Lorelei mean?

Lorelei Pronunciation of Lorelei [lorelei] 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.

Associated with: river, destruction, novel (literary).


Lorelei has 13 variants: Laurelei, Laurelie, Loralee, Loralei, Loralie, Loralyn, Lorilee, Lorilyn, Lura, Lurette, Lurleen, Lurlene and Lurline.

Creative forms:
(female) Lorelen, Lorely, ..

(male) Lorele, Lorelo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Lorelei Lisa (L.L.), ..

How popular is Lorelei?

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. Demographics)

Lorelei was first listed in 1930-1939 and reached its apex position of #448 in the U.S. in 2015. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lorelei name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lorelei outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Loralee, Loralei, Lura, Lurlene and Lurline are the prominent alternative forms of Lorelei (#448 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Lorelei was well-received among parents 135 years ago (median #1600) and is almost as conventional today (#1741, 26%), but with the version Lura becoming less fashionable. Lorelei is the most trendy birth name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lorelei, Loralee, Loralei, Lura, Lurlene, Lurline in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lorelei and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Lorelei is pronounced similarly to Lorrella. Other suggested similar names are Adelei, Ashelei, Auralei, Laree, Leelee, Loela, Loelia, Loella, Lonee, Loralle, Loree, Loreen, Loreene, Lorel, Lorelle, Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lorenia, Lorenn, Lorenna, Lorenza, Loreta, Loretta, Lorette, Lorey, Lori, Lorie, Loriel, Lorine, Lorne, Lorrae, Lorree, Lorren, Lorri, Lorrie, Louella, Lovella and Lowrelle (see Lorelle). These names tend to be less frequently used than Lorelei.

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