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I have a set of rather old dictionaries and in the back they have a listing of names, masculine and feminine of course. For each name they have pronunciation, meaning, other spellings, and history/origin sometimes. Anyway, for the name Lorna, it says that it means 'Lost'.
In the novel, Lorna's maternal grandfather had the title Earl of Lorne. She was named for her mother's family.
After what I've read Lorna means 'Fox', that is one of the reasons I like it, it feels is so strong.
Lorna was coined by Richard Blackmore for his book (1869) of the same name. It is believed to be derived from Lorne, an ancient district in Scotland. The place name is said to be derived from a legendary figure Loarn mac Eirc, who was ruler of the Scottish Kingdom of Dál Riata and was also known as Loarn Mor "The Great Fox." There's the connection between Lorna and fox. [noted -ed]
My name is also Lorna, it means "Fox" and is of Scottish origin. I am British with Irish roots. I love my name dearly, as much as my American husband and friends do.
Also foxes have been my favourite animals long before I even knew my name's meaning. Originally I was going to be called Charlotte but my aunt on my mother's side said "Pfft! You're not calling her Charlotte." Thus wrote my name on my birth cradle.
I found out this tale from my grandma that was present. I'm royally grateful for my aunt picking my name, and my mum did admit she liked Lorna more in the end.
The name Lorna was invented by R.D. Blackmore in 1869, for the character and title of his book, Lorna Doone. It is said that he adapted this name from the ancient Scottish town of Lorn/Lorne.
I don't know where the above got their information, but the name does not mean 'Fox'. Vixen, Todd and variants of the Scottish name Balgair mean 'fox' in the UK.
The 'meaning' of Lorna, if any, is 'lost/alone'.
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From what I've read, the place-name Lorne (and the various other spellings used) is a fairly ancient name. Things I've read indicate that it's possible that Lorne did, in fact, mean 'fox' but I've had trouble finding any concrete evidence. If it does mean 'fox' it was long enough ago that it is from a language that is no longer spoken.
On the other hand, I'm not finding any reliable sources that say Balgair means 'fox.'
Perhaps you (or someone else) knows of some reliable information concerning that?
As for Lorna meaning 'alone' or 'lost', that comes from trying to follow the name's etymology, but through a different language. It assumes the name either comes from, or was intentionally meant (by Blackmore, the author of _Lorna_Doone_) to come from, Old English. In that case, they are using the nearly obsolete word 'lorn' (but it survives in the word 'forlorn') and does in fact mean alone, lonely, or ruined.
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