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Origin: French
Meaning: A Place Name

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Lorraine

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Lorraine in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Lorraine:

  • Records indicate that 205,639 girls in the United States have been named Lorraine since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1928, when 5,969 people in the U.S. were given the name Lorraine. Those people are now 90 years old.

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    Comments about the name Lorraine

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      14 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Lorraine and I am in my early 60's. Love it now but when I was a kid wanted to have a more common name. I only met 2 other Lorraine's in my life.So happy I have my name and its not common. The generation up from mine the men almost always relate my name to the song "Sweet Lorraine"..And what a classic it is.." Mar. 10, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. It's unusual, but many people recognize it. I've met at least 3 Lorraines, and probably more in passing. I HATE being called Lori, or Lorianne. I also don't like it when it isn't spelled the traditional way. I part French Canadian, so it went well with my maiden name. Vive la, Lorraine!" Sep. 3, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm 75 and have always liked my name. At shool and work you didn't have to clarify who as I was the only one. Never had any trouble with pronouncing or spelling. Only one childhood friend called me lorrie." Jan. 17, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, I like that it is unusual and has lots of history attached to it. There is a cross of Lorraine used by the US airborne unit and the French resistance, also many European states have it in their crests. Oh and let's not forget the quiche. I have never had a nick name, bust occasionally I get called 'Rainy', love it." Oct. 22, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Lorraine (named after my great-grandmother) and love my name. I am the only one I know, but unlike others with uncommon or unusual names, my mom didn't have to make this one up. I get called Lorri, Rain, Rainy, and Lorri-Ann, but I don't mind. Older gentlemen usually address me as 'sweet Lorraine' after the song. My favorite saying is 'Who'll stop Lorraine (the rain)"." Mar. 16, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lorraine I am only 13 and I love my name and if you dont LIKE your name than change it ,its very very easy lorraine is a beautiful name so get your facts straight OK OK OK have a nice ve day" Feb. 12, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im Lorraine. My mum and dad called me Rain. I love it." Oct. 1, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "love the name,sweet lorraine or lorraine the pain,great combo,says alot about a busy woman such as my mother,love u,mama" Feb. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Lorraine and at 39 years old I have fully embraced the uniqueness of such a classic and old fashioned name. As a kid I wanted to be a Jenny or Sara but it's a name people remember and fondly. I find I bond easily with older people, friends aunts and grandmothers who fondly look on the name and remember a school mate or friend that shared the name. It makes me feel very special. I was named after the song Sweet Lorraine because my grandfather was a piano player. I have a love of jazz and feel the name has in someways really played off my outgoing, "old soul" nature. I wouldn't change it for the world." Sep. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle name is Lorraine. I am named after an aunt, whom everyone absolutely loves! Ironically, Lorraine is also her middle name, (her first is Sharon, which goes very well). She is my mother's youngest sister, (youngest of eight) beautiful blonde w/ bright green eyes and the lightest, kindest, most vivacious personality. But for her, I don't think I'd like the name so much because of certain, other people's initial, (often negative but unfounded) associations with it. At least everyone doesn't think so, some people really think it's pretty. I also liked the idea that the name is that of the town in France, which Joan of Arc was first known for as, "The Lady of Lorraine"." Apr. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Unique but not too out there. Very expressive of personality." Jun. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "not many with the same name... many think I am saying Marie or Maria when I say my name...odd" May. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I have never met another lorraine - though many say they have an aunt or grandmother named Lorraine. It is unique yet classic and I have always received compliments for my name." Jan. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister's name is Lorraine. Only rarely have I met other Lorraines." Nov. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "lorraine is the name of my cafeteria lady. i think her parents must have known she was destined to be one because it is the perfect name for a cafeteria lady. if you name your kid this you are putting her on the path to making mystery meat." Dec. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am called Lorraine and people cant spell it or cant undersatnd it on the phone I always have to spell it" Aug. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      9 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Lorraine. In school I always had another Lorraine in my class. My Mum and Dad named me Lorraine because it was the only name both of them liked. I have never had trouble with anyone misspelling it or mispronouncing it. I do hope the name becomes popular again. To me, Lori is another name all together. I like my name." Sep. 4, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Lorraine and I think I'm happy with my name because it's unique where i come from. I don't really care what everybody else thinks about my name because that is not what fully defines my character. (Hannah Lorraine Padilla De Los Santos Age 11)" May. 7, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am another Lorraine (in my early 50s) . I have always liked my name, also called "rain or 'Rainey', which I also liked. To my surprise another girl in my grade 3 class also was named Lorraine. Sadly she moved away. I have only met maybe two other Lorraine's. When I do find one, we usually have had the reaction- which is 'oh wow, another one' that's unusual. It is as if we belong to a special club." Oct. 28, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Lorraine and iv always loved my name :0" Jan. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not only do I have an uncommon name, but I spell it a very uncommon way...Laurane. i have an accent above the 2nd A. As a kid I also was upset with the name. I wanted a name that could be found on all those key-chains, pens, notebooks you saw in stores. If I was lucky to find my name it was spelled "Lorraine or Loraine". now that I am older (only 25) I love my name. I now love that I am a one-in-a-kind. I have gotten many compliments from people how beautiful the name is and how they love my spelling of the name. I would name my daughter Laurane if I didn't already have other odd, different names picked out :)" Apr. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name being Lorraine. Only recently(I'm only 15) have I really realized that not many people have this name, and that makes me feel like I stand out more. I think it's easier to remember someone's name when it sticks out and is unique, but not too out there." Aug. 30, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Lorraine and I feel it sounds like an old lady, growing up I was always called Lorrie, or if people were teasing me it was Lorraine the Pain, to which I would reply, no Lorraine the Brain. Gotta make due with what you have. Haha." Mar. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is lorraine, and its is a very uniqe name people can't spell it right it makes me mad. lorraine means famous in remeber" Dec. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I didn't like my name, Lorraine, when I was young. But as I got older I began to like it quite a bit because it wasn't as common as some other girl's names of my era. I had only known two other Lorraines until this Fall when I met a new one. She is young enough to be my daughter which is quite amazing to me as I usually think of Lorraine as an "older" name..even older than I am!" Dec. 6, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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