Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. lə-RAYN

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

DiminutivesLori, Lorie, Lorri, Lorrie
Other Languages & CulturesLorena(Italian) Lorena(Portuguese) Lorena(Romanian) Lorena(Spanish)


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Name Days

France: May 30


Entry updated October 11, 2012