Lorelei: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Lorelei

Lorelei

Pronunciation: LOH-rə-liy (key)

Origin of the name Lorelei:

Derived from Lurlei, the name of the rock "ambush cliff," which is derived from the Middle High German luren (to watch) and lei (a cliff, a rock). The name was altered to Lorelei by Clemens Brentano, a German poet. In Germanic legend, Lorelei was a beautiful siren who sat upon a rock in the Rhine River and lured sailors to shipwreck and death.

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Place name. Derived from the name of a dangerous rock jutting into the Rhine. In a famous myth, a siren supposedly perches atop the rock, singing and luring ships to their destruction. This myth originates from an 1800's novel.

Popular Variants for the name Lorelei: Laurelei, Laureli, Laurelie, Loralee, Loralei, Lorali, Loralie, Loralyn, Loreli, Lorilee, Lorilyn, Lura, Lurette, Lurlene, Lurline, Lurlyne, Larelie

Based on research, most people would imagine a person with the name Lorelei to be: A graceful, mysterious lady.
In one word, you might describe Lorelei as a(n) "mysterious" person.

Personal experiences with the name Lorelei: | Edit

My name is Larelie. When I was born, my mother was not sure on the exact spelling of my name, but she liked the way it sounded and the story of the Siren, so she spelled it differently. I wanted to share this so that people know there are other ways to spell it besides the traditional and its variations. :)

My granddaughter who was born in Feb. of 2007 is Lorelei Adalyn.

Nicknames for Lorelei: | Edit

Lori, Lora, Lorel, Rorie, Rory, Lee-lee, Lola, Lila, Lolly, Lo

We call my Granddaughter, Lore
Our family calls my daughter Lolo, from Lolobug.

Rory is my daughter's nickname for Lorelei but that is often shortened to Ro

Meanings and history of the name Lorelei: | Edit

Lorelei means whispering/murmuring rock.

Name Day:
8. October

Lorelei's teutonic meaning is destruction because of the story of the sirens.

Famous real-life people named Lorelei: | Edit

Lorelei was a maiden who was known for her great beauty, however she was chaste. She fell in love with a sailor who wronged her and on trying to kill herself a prince/baron stopped her on not wanting to waste her beauty. Lorelei then wanted to pass the whispering rock one last time before she was married to this baron so he sent her with 3 knights. She told the knights that she wanted to see the sun set and when she reached the summit she said there is my lover on seeing a fisherman in the waters below and then threw herself off the rock. The three knights also threw themselves off the rock after Lorelei and all died.

Cheery.

Lorelei in song, story & screen: | Edit

Lorelei, a ghost who was thrown overboard from a ship in the show Ghost Whisperer (Season 4, Episode 4)
Lorelei, the main character of the television show, Gilmore Girls.
Lorelei Victoria and Lorelei Leigh (both spelled "Lorelai"), mother and daughter on Gilmore Girls.
Lorelei, legendary Rhine maiden who transformed into a Siren.
"Lorelei (Let's Live Together)" is a song by the band Styx.
The Lorelei is a rock in the Rhine River near St. Goarshausen, Germany which has been the inspiration for many myths and legends, most concerning the Rhine Maidens (sirens).
"Lorelei" is a song by the band Comeback Kid, and another song by The Pogues.
Lorelei is the name of Marilyn Monroe's character in 1950s film 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'. Lorelei sings songs such as 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' in this film. The above mentioned character and movie, are based on the music LORELEI originally starring Carol Channing.
There are over 55 different songs called "Lorelei", most of them on iTunes.
"Loralai" is a song by Matt Pryor (of the Get Up Kids) from his solo album Confidence man.
Lorelei is an Asgardian sorceress in the Marvel comic book series The Mighty Thor.

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