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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 "Girls Makeover - Two Middles".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Lorraine

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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