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GENDER: Feminine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: lə-RAYN   [details]
Meaning & History
From the name of a region in France, originally meaning "kingdom of LOTHAR". Lothar was a Frankish king, the great-grandson of Charlemagne, whose realm was in the part of France that is now called Lorraine, or in German Lothringen (from Latin Lothari regnum). As a given name, it has been used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, perhaps due to its similar sound with Laura. It became popular after World War I when the region was in the news, as it was contested between Germany and France.
Related Names
DIMINUTIVES: Lori, Lorie, Lorri, Lorrie
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Lorena (Croatian), Lorena (Italian), Lorena (Portuguese), Lorena (Spanish)
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