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

The name Lorraine is a girl's name of French origin meaning "from the province of Lorraine". Lorraine and discussed in our forums with posts like "Switcher Machine".

From the experts:

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; daughter of actor Jack Nicholson
Lorraine Paula Kelly, Scottish TV presenter
Lorraine Bayly, Australian actress
Lorraine McNamara, American ice dancer
Lorraine Rita Warren, American paranormal investigator
Lorraine Vivian Hansberry, American playwright
Lorraine Ming "Lorrie" Fair, American soccer player
Lorraine Joyce Crapp, Australian Olympic swimmer
Lorraine Toussaint, American actress
Lorraine Broderick, American television soap opera writer
Lorraine Chase, English actress and model
Lorraine Collett, American model
Marybelle Luraine "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 Christine Segato, Canadian pop singer
Lillian Lorraine, American actress; model for 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' character Lorelei Lee

Pop Culture References for the name Lorraine

Lorraine Wicks, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Lorraine, a Memphis prostitute in William Faulkner's "The Sound and the Fury"
Lorraine Baines-McFly, character in the "Back to the Future" series
Lorraine Baker, character in movie "Cheaper By the Dozen"
Lorraine "Lor" McQuarrie, character in movie "The Weekenders"
Lorraine Swanson, character played by Mo Collins on "MADtv"
Lorraine Maillard, character in the games "The Park" and "The Secret World"
Lorraine Broughton, character in the film "Atomic Blonde"
"Oh Sweet Lorraine," song by Fred Stobaugh
"Sweet Lorraine," popular song written by Cliff Burwell
The Maid of Lorraine, prophecy supposedly fulfilled by Saint Joan of Arc
Lorraine Lee, Australian pink rose bred in 1924
Quiche Lorraine

Laraine, Loraine, Lori, Lorane, Larraine, Lareyne, Laurraine, Larayne, Lerayne, Lareine, Lorrayne, Lorain, Leraine, Lorine


bordercollie Says:


Very sweet and pretty, as well as underused, which can be a plus.

softboiledeggs Says:


Such a lovely vintage name. I know a Lorraine and she's very beautiful.

indiefendi2 Says:


Lorraine is one of the few classics I like. I don't think it's an old lady name. I think it's a sweet, summery name. And she doesn't have to be Lori, she could be the modern Rain or could be Lola. Very cute.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I would love to see this name come back into style somewhat. It's beautiful.

Melsie22 Says:


I really like Lorena!

Wittyusername103 Says:


I love this but it sounds terrible with my last name and I plan to keep my last name (only child).

moraea Says:


Place named for its former ruler, Lothar. Other sites and books list the meaning as "warrior."

scblovesnames Says:


Oh quite pretty. I like the variation Lorena.

CaribbeanQueen Says:


Or even Lane. :-) Or Rae...

Daiseymae Says:


I have always thought it was a very pretty sounding name.

MarieLalie Says:


A few years ago I had such a crush in this name. I almost forgot about it! Still pretty!

EvaThyssen Says:


This name is so cute!

CocoWhite Says:


Even though Lorraine sounds a bit too much like a grandma's name to me, I can definitely see the appeal.

Giinkies Says:


I love, love this name. Lorraine nn Lola (or Rain or Lainey)

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lawsonhaley Says:


Lorraine is such a lovely, underused, vintage name! :D