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Lorraine

Origin: South Africa
gender-female
Region Origin: Southern Africa

The name Lorraine has its origins in the medieval kingdom of Lotharingia, which was named after its sovereign, Lothar. Lothar was a Frankish king and the great-grandson of Charlemagne, and his realm was located in the part of France that is now called Lorraine. The name Lotharingia, from which Lorraine is derived, is composed of two elements: 'hlūd,' meaning 'famous' or 'renowned,' and 'hari 'heri,' meaning 'army'. As a given name, Lorraine has been used in the English-speaking world since the late 19th century, perhaps due to its similar sound with Laura. It gained popularity after World War I when the region was in the news as it was contested between Germany and France. Additionally, Lorraine can also have German roots and comes from the Germanic name Lothar, which means "famous army". The name has multiple meanings and origins, including 'famous in battle' in German, 'seagull' in Latin, and 'from Lotharingia' in American.

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