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Lorna, invented for the 1869 novel Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore, and perpetuated as the name of a shortbread cookie, has been in baby name limbo for quite some time. JudyGarland chose the name for her younger daughter.
Lorna Doone (really Lady Lorna Dugal), eponymous heroine of the R. D. Blackmore novel of 1869: 'Lorna Doone... Ah, I shall remember it; because it is so queer a name.'
- Note that Blackmore based the name on the Scottish place-name Lorn. The MacDougalls of Lorn were famous in former times, and Lorna Doone is eventually found to be Lady Lorna Dugal, daughter of the Earl of Dugal.
- First used a few years after the publication of the book and in regular use ever since, especially in Scotland. Lorn and Lorne are also found there, the latter occasionally being used to name boys. Regularly but quietly used in the US.
Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, from the X-Men comics
Lorna Buckett, from Doctor Who
Lorna Moon, mistress to boxing manager TomMoody in Clifford Odets's play 'Golden Boy' (1937)
Lorna Cartwright, character on the BBC soap opera 'EastEnders'
Lorna Morello, character from Netflix original show "Orange is the NewBlack"