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Meaning and name origin

Lorelei \l(o)-re-lei\ as a girl's 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 has 13 variant forms: Laurelei, Laurelie, Loralee, Loralei, Loralie, Loralyn, Lorilee, Lorilyn, Lura, Lurette, Lurleen, Lurlene and Lurline.


Lorelei is a very popular first name for females (#1922 out of 4276, Top 45%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Lorelei for girls. Lorelei reached its highest rank of #479 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lorelei name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Lorelei and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Lorelei (#479), Lurline and Lura. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Lorelei, Lura, Lurline in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Lorel and Lorelle. These names tend to be less commonly used than Lorelei.