Quick Facts on Lorena
- American, Italian, Spanish
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Characteristics of Lorena
- Highly Intuitive
- Spiritual Teacher
- Extremely Bright
Etymology & Historical Origin - Lorena
Lorena is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Lorraine which is best known as a northeastern region of France (known as Lothringen in German). In medieval times, Lorraine was first established as a Frankish kingdom in the 9th century which later became a duchy of the German kingdom in the 10th century. Parts of the former duchy are now in present-day France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany. The kingdom of Lorraine (from the Latin “Lothari regnum” meaning “Lothar’s kingdom”) was originally named after Lothair I, a great-grandson of Charlemagne, who ruled Middle Francia in the 9th century which then included the kingdoms of Lorraine, Burgundy, Provence and Italy. The name “Lothar” is ultimately derived from the ancient Chlodochar from the Germanic elements “hrod” meaning “fame” and “hari” meaning “army”. Therefore, Lorraine essentially means “kingdom of the famous army”. Aside from Lorena being the Spanish/Italian form of the French region of Lorraine, the name Lorena was embraced by Americans in the mid-19th century due to a popular antebellum song called “Lorena” (1856). The lyrics were written by Reverend Henry Webster in reaction to his broken engagement. He changed his fiancée’s name to Lorena (an anagram of Lenore, the lost love in Edgar Allen Poe’s narrative poem “The Raven”). In fact, Scarlett O'Hara's daughter with Frank Kennedy in the 1936 novel “Gone with the Wind” was named Ella Lorena in reference to the song (a favorite among the confederate soldiers). While Lorena has enjoyed decades of usage among English and Spanish speakers, today the name is most popular in Croatia. Go figure.
Popularity of the Name Lorena
Lorena dates back on the American charts to the late 19th century, due most probably by the popularity of the 1856 song “Lorena” (a mournful ballad of lost love). The name entered the 20th century at respectable levels of usage which it enjoyed for the most part until the 1940s and 50s. Lorena saw a bit of a revival later on in the 1970s and 80s (due mostly to the rising Hispanic population in the U.S.) but then once again retreated to obscurity. In fact, 2011 marks the first year in over 130 years that Lorena could not claim a Top 1000 position on the charts. In other words, this is a name barely on the American radar. Perhaps Lorena Bobbitt, a woman who notoriously cut off her husband’s penis with a knife in 1993 (an event which garnered international news) helped to dampen interest in her name.
Popularity of the Girl Name Lorena
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Lorena
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Lorena
Lorena We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Lorena.
Popular Songs on Lorena
Lorena - a song by Bob Schneider
Lorena - a song by Bobby Bare
Lorena - a song by Bob Welsh
Lorena - a famous 1856 song written by Henry & Joseph Webster
Children's Books on the Baby Name Lorena
Lorena - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Lorena.
Famous People Named Lorena
Famous People Named Lorena - Lorena Hickok (journalist); Lorena Ochoa (mexican golfer); Lorena Gale (Canadian actress); Lorena Velázquez (Mexican actress); Lorena Rojas (Mexican actress/singer); Lorena Herrera (Mexican actress); Lorena Bobbitt (woman notorious for severing the penis of her husband)
Children of Famous People Named Lorena
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Lorena - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Lorena.
Lorena - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Lorena - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Lorena.
Personality of the Girl Name Lorena
The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.
Variations of the Baby Name - Lorena