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Gender: F Meaning of Letitia: "joy, gladness" Origin of Letitia: Latin

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Letitia is a delicate, once prim and proper sounding name whose staid image has been unbuttoned by numerous phonetic spellings. The original, often used in Spanish-speaking families, would still make an attractive, delicate choice. After a solid century on the Top 1000 list, Letitia fell off in the early 1980s and has not yet returned.

Letitia has a First Lady heritage, as the wife of President John Tyler. Letitia Baldridge, White House social secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy, was often known as Tish. These days, most parents would prefer the sweet, gold-locket pet forms Letty or Lettie.

Spelled Laetitia, she was the Roman goddess of celebration, happiness and gaiety. The name appeared in the form Lettice in medieval England.

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Famous People Named Letitia

Letitia Tyler, former First Lady of the United States
Letitia Stevenson, former Second Lady of the United States
Letitia Baldrige, American etiquette expert

Pop Culture References for the Name Letitia

Letitia "Letty", character in Fast & Furious series
Character from Sadie Rocks: Happiness and All That Stuff by Karen McCombie
Jane Letitia Penderwick from the Penderwicks book series

Laetitia, Laetizia, Latia, Laticia, Latticia, Leda, Leta, Letesha, Leteshia, Letha, Letice, Letichia, Leticja, Letisha, Letishia, Letisia, Letissa, Letiticia, Lettice, Lettie, Lettitia, Letty, Letycia, Letycja, Tish, Tisha

Letitia's International Variations

Letja (Dutch) Letizia (Italian) Ticha, Latisha, Alaricia, Eleticia, Leticia, Laiticia, Liticia (Spanish)