loh-RAIN; loh-REN
"from the province of Lorraine"

Lorraine Origin and Meaning

The name Lorraine is a girl's name of French origin meaning "from the province of Lorraine".

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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Lorraine Rank in US Top 1000

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Lorraine Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Lorraine Popularity

Famous People Named Lorraine

  • Lorraine BraccoAmerican actress
  • Lorraine NicholsonAmerican actress; daughter of actor Jack Nicholson
  • Lorraine Paula KellyScottish TV presenter
  • Lorraine BaylyAustralian actress
  • Lorraine McNamaraAmerican ice dancer
  • Lorraine Rita WarrenAmerican paranormal investigator
  • Lorraine Vivian HansberryAmerican playwright
  • Lorraine Ming "Lorrie" FairAmerican soccer player
  • Lorraine Joyce CrappAustralian Olympic swimmer
  • Lorraine ToussaintAmerican actress
  • Lorraine BroderickAmerican television soap opera writer
  • Lorraine ChaseEnglish actress and model
  • Lorraine CollettAmerican model
  • Marybelle Luraine "Lorraine" EllisonAmerican soul singer
  • Lorraine FentonJamaican Olympic runner
  • Lorraine Hunt LiebersonAmerican mezzo,soprano
  • Lorraine McIntoshlead singer of Scottish pop band Deacon Blue
  • Lorraine Christine SegatoCanadian pop singer
  • Lillian LorraineAmerican actress; model for 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' character Lorelei Lee

Lorraine in Pop Culture

  • Lorraine Wickscharacter on British soap "EastEnders"
  • Lorrainea Memphis prostitute in William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury"
  • Lorraine BainesMcFly, character in the "Back to the Future" series
  • Lorraine Bakercharacter in movie "Cheaper By the Dozen"
  • Lorraine "Lor" McQuarriecharacter in movie "The Weekenders"
  • Lorraine Swansoncharacter played by Mo Collins on "MADtv"
  • Lorraine Maillardcharacter in the games "The Park" and "The Secret World"
  • Lorraine Broughtoncharacter in the film "Atomic Blonde"
  • "Oh Sweet Lorraine" song by Fred Stobaugh
  • "Sweet Lorraine" popular song written by Cliff Burwell
  • The Maid of Lorraineprophecy supposedly fulfilled by Saint Joan of Arc
  • Lorraine LeeAustralian pink rose bred in 1924
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • AlsaceLorraine, territory in Europe, between France & Germany