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 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).
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).