Gender: Female Origin of Lorelai: Spelling variation of Lorelei Lorelai's Popularity in 2018: #568

Lorelai Origin and Meaning

The name Lorelai is a girl's name .

Lorelai is the spelling used for the character played by Lauren Graham on The Gilmore Girls, as well as her daughter, who preferred the nickname Rory. The television show reintroduced this name to a new generation, but the Lorelai spelling could be confusing -- is it lor-ah-LAY? -- to those unacquainted with the Gilmores.

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RoseGoldHeart Says:


Love it, but reminds me too much of Gilmore Girls.

lesliemarion Says:


I can't abide it spelled right or spelled wrong so it's kind of a moot point.

Rainbowie Says:


that is just ridiculous, getting angry because of a name, your blood pressure must be through the roof.

Rainbowie Says:


Some comments on nameberry are just so annoying. Seriously God didn't etch the name spelled Lorelei with lightning into a rock. A human person made up the spelling Lorelei they weren't God. The spelling with an A is not U-neek or what ever derogatory term people like to use, I mean really one letter is changed.

When I first looked at the names I thought the two spellings were pronounced differently, I pronounced Lorelai correct, Lai like Kai and sky (L-ah-i), and Lorelei incorrect like Lay (L-eh-i). I have never encountered an (e) that sounded like an (ah). So I just couldn't wrap my head around that spelling, and went with Lai.

btw rock's name on the River Rhine, for the U-neek crowd is Loreley, The name comes from the old German words lureln, Rhine dialect for "murmuring", and the Celtic term ley "rock". The translation of the name would therefore be: "murmur rock" or "murmuring rock". The heavy currents, and a small waterfall in the area (still visible in the early 19th century) created a murmuring sound, and this combined with the special echo the rock produces to act as a sort of amplifier, giving the rock its name.[1] The murmuring is hard to hear today owing to the urbanization of the area. Other theories attribute the name to the many accidents, by combining the German verb "lauern" (to lurk, lie in wait) with the same "ley" ending, with the translation "lurking rock".
From the German Wiki site: Die Loreley (auch Lorelei, Loreleï, Lore Lay, Lore-Ley, Lurley, Lurelei, Lurlei)

In the German language orthographic reform of 1903, in almost all German terms the letter "y" was changed to the letter "i", but in some German names the letter "y" was kept, such as Speyer, Spay, (Rheinberg-)Orsoy, and including Loreley, which is thus the correct spelling in German.

And my German friend pronounced it the way it looks L-e-y, not with an (AH) sound.

And some human poets wrote these poems. these poets and their U-neek spelling lol.

In 1801, German author Clemens Brentano composed his ballad Zu Bacharach am Rheine as part of a fragmentary continuation of his novel Godwi oder Das steinerne Bild der Mutter. It first told the story of an enchanting female associated with the rock. In the poem, the beautiful Lore Lay, betrayed by her sweetheart, is accused of bewitching men and causing their death. Rather than sentence her to death, the bishop consigns her to a nunnery. On the way thereto, accompanied by three knights, she comes to the Lorelei rock. She asks permission to climb it and view the Rhine once again. She does so and thinking that she sees her love in the Rhine, falls to her death; the rock still retained an echo of her name afterwards. Brentano had taken inspiration from Ovid and the Echo myth.

In 1824, Heinrich Heine seized on and adapted Brentano's theme in one of his most famous poems, Die Lorelei. It describes the eponymous female as a sort of siren who, sitting on the cliff above the Rhine and combing her golden hair, unwittingly distracted shipmen with her beauty and song, causing them to crash on the rocks. In 1837 Heine's lyrics were set to music by Friedrich Silcher in the art song Lorelei[2] that became well known in German-speaking lands. A setting by Franz Liszt was also favored and over a score of other musicians have set the poem to music.[3]

The Lorelei character, although originally imagined by Brentano, passed into German popular culture in the form described in the Heine–Silcher song and is commonly but mistakenly believed to have originated in an old folk tale. The French writer Guillaume Apollinaire took up the theme again in his poem "La Loreley", from the collection Alcools which is later cited in Symphony No. 14 (3rd movement) of Dmitri Shostakovich.

So either one is fine pick, pick the one that looks the prettiest to you. I picked the one that made more sense phonetically to me. unfortunately people still get it wrong sometimes, but its a small price to pay for an awesome name. And for the most part people cant spell in general, so it doesn't bother me, if people get it wrong once in a while.

drapp Says:


I prefer this spelling to the original. Lorelei makes me want to say "Lor-a-lay" since the flower garland "lei" is spelled like the ending of Lorelei.

iipostmvh Says:


I'm not too familiar with the original name, but I've heard it before. This spelling former make me say lor-re-lay as for me ai makes the "i" or "aye" sound, as in Thai, my, why! Lol. Either way, the name isn't my style but this spelling wouldn't cause me to have pronunciation issues.

alyssum Says:


I loved Gilmore Girls, but this spelling drives me up a wall.

wavygirl Says:


yeah, this sounds like it would be Lo-re-LAY!

bootsie Says:


This is the version I warmed up to after listening to Helplessness Blues.

jordalini Says:


I much prefer the correct spelling, too the point this spelling makes me angry.

Candler Says:


Much prefer Lorelei