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Gender: Female Origin of Lorna: English literary name

The name Lorna is a girl's name of English origin. Lorna and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven, Hell, Purgatory - Girls".

From the experts:

One of those names like Pamela, Vanessa and Wendy, Lorna was invented for a particular literary character--the protagonist of the 1869 novel Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore--and then perpetuated as the name of a shortbread cookie. The author claimed to have based it on the Scottish place-name, Lorn. In baby name limbo for quite some time, it was chosen by Judy Garland for her younger daughter, Lorna Luft. Lorna Simpson is an important contemporary American artist.

While not strictly from Scotland, many consider Lorna to be one of the most tradtional Scottish names for girls

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Famous People Named Lorna

Lorna Luft, American singer and actress; daughter of Judy Garland and Sid Luft
Lorna Jane Clarkson, Australian fashion designer of brand Lorna Jane
Lorna Tonks, English-Australian swimmer
Lorna J. Kesterson, American journalist and politician
Lorna Maitland, American actress
Lorna Doom, American bassist of band the Germs
Lorna Tolentino (born Victoria Lorna Aluquin-Fernandez), Filipina actress
Lorna Simpson, American artist

Pop Culture References for the name Lorna

Lorna Buckett, character on TV's"Doctor Who"
Lorna Cartwright, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, character in X-Men comics
Lorna Doone aka Lady Lorna Dugal, main character in "Lorna Doone" (1869)
Lorna Moon, Moody's mistress in Odets's "Golden Boy" (1937)
Lorna Morello, character in Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black"
Lorna Phillips, character from the film "Running On Empty"
Lorna, character in the animated mini-series "Over the Garden Wall"
Lorna Thompson, character on British TV series "Cuckoo"
"Lorna," 1964 film and its main character, played by Lorna Maitland
Lorna McNessie, daughter of the Loch Ness Monster in "Monster High" show and series
Lorna, character in "Meat Man" in Bob's Burgers
Lorna Bow, character in Taboo (TV Series)



sablemae98 Says:


I love the sound of this name, but it reminds me of "lovelorn" and "forlorn"

AriellaBar Says:


Sweet name. Could be a great way to honor a Laura in the family.

Zelliew Says:


I liked the book & the name

L O R N A Says:


I'm from the UK and also am called Lorna Jane and thought it was great when I recently found out about the Lorna Jane fitness brand in Australia! Although I hope it doesn't make it a popular choice as I like the fact that it isn't very common. My mum paired Jane with it purely because it is also her middle name (which she was given just as it was popular in the 60s) and she thought it went well- clearly she wasn't the only one that thought so! Also the original source of the name from the novel Lorna Dune is set in Devon which is a beautil part of England. Only thing I might add is over the years I've learnt to just respond when people call me Laura, but I guess that happens with a lot of names!

ElsaAnne Says:


Adore this name

Gemma_Hudson Says:


Lorna is my Granny's name, so until recently it seemed like an 'old lady's name' to me. (Also, when I was a child, before I could spell, I imagined that her name was spelt 'Lawna', so it made me think of 'mowing lawns', if that makes sense, lol!) However, in Australia, there is an extremely popular sporty apparel label called 'Lorna Jane'. Lorna Jane herself is an attractive, fit, inspiring entrepreneur and many young women are wearing her bright, colourful fitness gear, with the name Lorna splashed all over! So now, I view the name Lorna as a young, trendy name. It's funny how things change!