What does Lorelei mean?
Lorelei /lore-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.
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. 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 from current records) appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these forms of Lorelei was well-received among parents during the years 1880-1889 (median #742) and is almost as conventional today (#826, ▼33%), but with the version Lura becoming less fashionable. Lorelei 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)
Lorelei▲ is pronounced similarly to Lorrella. Other suggested similar baby names are Lauralee, Laurel▼, Laurell, Laurella, Laurelle, Loralle, Loree, Loreen, Lorel, Lorelle, Lorene▼, Loriel and Lowrelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Lorelei.