New German name
Loreley is the name of a rock at the edge of the Rhine near Koblenz. In the 19th century, first Clemens Brentano and later Heinrich Heine wrote poems about a legend based on a romantic reinterpretation of its name as a female first name (due to its resemblance to the name Lore: The siren Loreley lives on the rock and unwittingly lures boatmen to their death by combing her long blonde hair and singing.  )
The second part of the place name ley derives from a Celtic word meaning 'rock, cliff', the first part is of unknown origin and meaning. Theories include
1) Middle High German luren = 'to lure, to lie in wait'
2) Middle High German lorren, lurren = 'to cry, to shout'
3) Rhine dialect lureln = 'to murmur'
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