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Gender: F Meaning of Lorraine: "from the province of Lorraine" Origin of Lorraine: French "from the province of Lorraine"

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Sweet Lorraine might just be old enough to be ripe for reconsideration. This French place name has moved in and out of fashion in the few hundred years it's been used as a girls' first name, somewhat influenced by the alternative name of Joan of Arc--Saint Joan of Lorraine. It was quite popular from the 1920s to the fifties, but has pretty much been in limbo since then.

Some memorable Lorraines are A Raisin in the Sun playwright Hansberry, actress Bracco and original SNL cast member Laraine Newman--the alternate spelling Laraine was popularized by forties star Laraine Day. Lorraine is also the name of Jack Nicholson's now grown daughter.

In the movie Uptown Girls, Dakota Fanning's Lorraine character was nicknamed Ray--more modern sounding than Lorrie.

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Famous People Named Lorraine

Lorraine Bracco, American actress
Lorraine Nicholson, American actress
Lorraine Paula Kelly, Scottish TV presenter
Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
Lorraine Rita Warren, American paranormal investigator
Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, American playwright
Lorraine Ming "Lorrie" Fair, American soccer player
Lorraine Broderick, American television soap opera writer
Lorraine Chase, English actress and model
Lorraine Collett, American model
Lorraine Ellison, American soul singer
Lorraine Fenton, Jamaican Olympic runner
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, American mezzo-soprano
Lorraine McIntosh, lead singer of Scottish pop band Deacon Blue
Lorraine Segato, Canadian pop singer
Lillian Lorraine, American actress; model for 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' Lorelei Lee

Pop Culture References for the Name Lorraine

Lorraine Lee, iconic Australian pink rose bred in 1924
Lorraine, a Memphis prostitute in The Sound and the Fury
Lorraine Baines-McFly, character in the Back to the Future series
Lorraine Baker, character in Cheaper by the Dozen
Lorraine "Lor" McQuarrie, character in The Weekenders
Lorraine Swanson, character played by Mo Collins on "MADtv"
"Oh Sweet Lorraine", song written by Fred Stobaugh
"Sweet Lorraine", a jazz standard famously sung by Nat King Cole

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