Lorelei Name Meaning & Origin
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.
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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.
My younger sister is Lorelei Grace and we all love the name (I like it more than mine!). We usually call her just Lorelei but I've given her the nickname Louie and her best friend calls her Lulu. I should mention the siren story does freak some people out.
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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
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Lorelei means whispering/murmuring rock.
Lorelei's teutonic meaning is destruction because of the story of the sirens.
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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.
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Lorelei an elite four trainer from Pokémon Red and Blue/ Firered and Leafgreen and anime
Lorelei, a ghost who was thrown overboard from a ship in the show Ghost Whisperer (Season 4, Episode 4)
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.
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.
Lorelei Lee- The blonde in Anita Loos' novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (later made into a movie starring Marilyn Monroe)