Lorraine is a region in France. It became used as a girls' name probably in honor of the 15th century St. Joan of Arc who was also known as The Maid of Lorraine. Lorraine's popularity in the USA spiked in the early 1920s and 1930s, which coincides with when St. Joan was canonized (1920). Its popularity is also probably due to the fact that it sounds like other names in use, like Laura and Laurie.

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