Lorelei

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Gender: F Meaning of Lorelei: "alluring, temptress" Origin of Lorelei: German Lorelei's Popularity in 2015: #448

Its double role as the mother and daughter -- and even grandmother -- on TV's The Gilmore Girls modernized, humanized, and popularized a name previously associated with the mythic seductive siren and the gold digger portrayed by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

In old German legend, Lorelei was the name of the beautiful Rhine River seductress whose haunting voice led sailors to hazardous rocks that would cause them to be shipwrecked. And this siren image clung to the name for ages.

The popularity of the name has zigzagged in tandem with the more modern cultural references. There was something of an upswing following the Marilyn incarnation of 1953, and again starting in 2004 via Gilmore Girls -- who, by the way, used an alternate spelling, Lorelai. The show's pop culture impact got a lift in 2014, when it started streaming on Netflix -- boosting Lorelei into the Top 450 for the first time.

Gilmore Girls also demonstrated that the dated Lori wasn't the only short form of the name: daughter Lorelai was known as Rory; Grandma's seemingly unrelated nickname was Trix.

Famous People Named Lorelei

Lorelei Elizabeth King, American actress
Lorelei Mahoney, American singer/actress
Lorelei Grace Linklater, American actress
Luisana Loreley Lopilato de la Torre (b. 1987), Argentine actress and model; the wife of Canadian singer Michael Buble

Pop Culture References for the name Lorelei

"Die Lorelei," Heine's famous German-language poem (beginning "I know not what it means, that I am so sad...")
Lorelei Lee, beautiful showgirl who does well ("A girl can't keep on laughing all the time") in Anita Loos' "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1925); played by Marilyn Monroe in the 1953 film adaptation; based on the actress Lillian Lorraine
Lorelai Victoria Gilmore, mother on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Lorelai Leigh "Rory" Gilmore, daughter on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Lorelai "Trix" Gilmore, great-grandmother on TV's "Gilmore GIrls"
Lorelei, one of the Elite Four trainers in the Pokemon series
Lorelei, two characters in Marvel comics
Lorelei Rox, character in Spirit comics
Lorelei Ambrosia, character in movie "Superman III"
Lorelei Martins, character on TV's "The Mentalist"
Lorelei the Chicken, character on TV's "The Electric Company"
"Lorelei" song by The Pogues
"Lorelei," song by Styx
"Lorelei," song by The Cocteau Twins
"Lorelei," song by George and Ira Gershwin
"Lorelai," song by Fleet Foxes
"Lorelei's Secret" aka "The Dogs of Babel," novel by Carolyn Parkhurst
Lorelei, American rock band
Lorelei, character in MCU Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
Lorelei Davis, Joss and Harry's newborn daughter on TV's "Mistresses"