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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 Nicholson (b. 1990), American actress
Lillian Lorraine (1892-1955), American actress of the 1910s and '20s; 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' author Anita Loos reportedly modelled the character of Lorelei Lee on her
Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
Lorraine Warren, American clairvoyant/medium

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
"Oh Sweet Lorraine", song written by Fred Stobaugh
"Sweet Lorraine", a jazz standard famously sung by Nat King Cole

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