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lorelai / lorelei ?

(27 Posts)
franbella5 Sun 05-Jun-11 20:40:23

This is at the top of our list and has been all the way through, but are the connotations of the name not right for a girl baby? Also, is Lola a good abbreviation?

sevenhamstershopping Sun 05-Jun-11 20:44:30

Love love love it

Lola is fine, but Lorelai/Lorelei is so pretty I'd stick with the full name?

GetDownYouWillFall Sun 05-Jun-11 20:46:17

Hmmm I'm not sure - "luring sailors to shipwreck and death" is mentioned on the meanings websites.

MetalSian Sun 05-Jun-11 20:49:17

My cousins child is called Lorelai, shortened to Lolli.
Lovely name =].

sevenhamstershopping Sun 05-Jun-11 20:51:06

I thought it meant 'enchanting' which I think could be read in a number of ways.........and obviously you will be enchanted with your lovely baby girl, so it could be quite fitting

franbella5 Sun 05-Jun-11 21:09:44

Thank you for your opinions =)

I've read that originally it was a lot like the Echo myth, so she wasn't luring sailors, but then this later story has taken hold, so I'm worried she'll be thought of as a man-eater, but I think the name is so pretty!

Does anyone think it would be shortened to lori or laura by many people?

The other two names for a girl are Sophia and Mathilda, but I think daddy-to-be is sole on lorelai now and it's just me worrying!

Maternelle Sun 05-Jun-11 21:17:27

I love Lorelei. Which is hypocrite as I don't like Persephone because of the connotations...

sevenhamstershopping Sun 05-Jun-11 21:18:21

Matilda is lovely also

Re:nicknames, I have a name that has lots of nickname potential but as a child decided that I just wanted to be xxx - so if anyone called me a shortened version I just said, "I don't like nicknames" - easy as that.
FWIW I actually think Lori is pretty sweet, as far as nicknames go

ginmakesitallok Sun 05-Jun-11 21:19:22

I don't like Lorelei - simply because it will always remind me of that country singer Homer had an affair with - poor Marge...

BikeRunSki Sun 05-Jun-11 21:20:48

Love Lorelei!
20 wk scan tomorrow with DC2, so I get to find out whether to put it on my list or not!

ginmakesitallok Sun 05-Jun-11 21:22:50

apologies - that brazen hussy was lurleen, so I like Lorelei now (hey it's a lady's perogative to change her mind..)

BikeRunSki Sun 05-Jun-11 21:28:20

Legend of the Lorelei - originally the name for a cliff on a treacherous bend in the Rhine. Love The Pogues song too.

Aonach Sun 05-Jun-11 21:29:57

I like it. Also name of a lovely new fleetfoxes song.

Boogiemumma Mon 06-Jun-11 09:40:34

Beautiful name love it

hulabula Mon 06-Jun-11 09:42:19

It is a rock on the river Rhine - I've been passed it too many times to associate it with anything else, I'm afraid.

rednblack Mon 06-Jun-11 12:30:38

It's a lovely name. Makes me immediately think of the Gilmore Girls tv show too (in the show the mother and daughter are both named Lorelai, but the daughter's name is shortened to Rory).

Nice Cocteau Twins song called Lorelai too.

kreecherlivesupstairs Mon 06-Jun-11 13:29:52

Sounds like shampoo to me.

hellokitty123 Mon 06-Jun-11 13:51:42

Sounds very kitshy/American too me. Really don't like it, I'm afraid.

popsicle1984 Mon 06-Jun-11 14:27:24

Yeah reminds me of the Gilmore Girls too! Soooo annoying! The younger one is such a terrible actress! But it's not that well known over here.

amberleaf Fri 10-Jun-11 23:36:44

I thought of the Gilmore girls too!

I quite like it but its a mouthful.

MelinaM Fri 10-Jun-11 23:44:50

Lorelai is lovely ...yes another Gilmore fan here!

MmeLindor. Fri 10-Jun-11 23:47:36

Terribly kitsch.

My German husband snorted with laughter when I mentioned lorelei as a girls name. Either rock in the Rhein or hussy who lured sailors to their death.

Schiller, wasnt it?

MelinaM Fri 10-Jun-11 23:53:35

^love itgrin

MmeLindor. Fri 10-Jun-11 23:54:57

Oh. No. Heine not Schiller.

All German school children learn the poem according to dh

emeraldislander Sat 11-Jun-11 13:23:03

love Lorelai, LOVED the TV show.

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