Quick Facts on Lorelai
- American, Celtic, German
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lawr-e-LIE; or lawr-e-LEE
Murmuring rock, Lurking rock
Characteristics of Lorelai
Etymology & Historical Origin - Lorelai
Lorelai is a different spelling variation on Lorelei (mostly used by Americans). The traditional spelling is Lorelei, a name with two theorized etymologies. First, it’s the combination of an Old German word “lureln” meaning “murmuring” plus a Celtic word “ley” meaning “rock”. Second, it could be derived from the Germanic "lauern" (meaning “to lurk or lie in wait”) along with the aforementioned Celtic word for rock. Therefore, the name either means “murmuring rock” or “lurking rock”. Lorelei (or Loreley) is the name of a rock positioned on the banks of the Rhine, a European river flowing from Switzerland to the North Sea. The Lorelei rock is located at the narrowest point of the river and is therefore subjected to strong currents and rocky conditions which have caused scores of maritime accidents (the heavy currents create the “murmuring” sound owing to the rock’s name). As such, various legends concerning the dangerous rock have sprung up around Lorelei by German poets (see the name Lorelei for more information). The name Lorelei was also made famous by American author Anita Loos in her jazz-age novel “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1925). Again, see Lorelei for more information on this literary reference. The spelling of Lorelai garnered notice due to the American comedy-drama TV show “The Gilmore Girls” featuring three generations of women who spelled their names Lorelai.
Popularity of the Name Lorelai
The spelling of Lorelai first appeared on the female naming charts in America in 2006 which was most likely influenced by the popular TV show “The Gilmore Girls” (airing from 2000-2007). The show follows single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory Gilmore (Rory is short for Lorelai). Lorelai is not the traditional spelling of this name and is therefore less popular on the charts. It is also showing some decline in more recent years. If you’re a fan of the old TV program (now in syndicated reruns), then by all means use this spelling. Otherwise, if you’re an admirer of the German mythology of Lorelei or the charmingly loveable Anita Loos character, then you should stick with Lorelei.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lorelai
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lorelai
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lorelai
Lorelai We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Lorelai (see Lorelei).
Popular Songs on Lorelai
Lorelai - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Lorelai (see Lorelei).
Children's Books on the Baby Name Lorelai
Lorelai - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Lorelai (see Lorelei).
Famous People Named Lorelai
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Children of Famous People Named Lorelai
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Lorelai - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Lorelai - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lorelai.
Personality of the Girl Name Lorelai
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Lorelai