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

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.

Famous People Named Letitia

Letitia Tyler, former First Lady as wife of U.S. President John Tyler
Letitia Green Stevenson, wife of U.S. Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson I
Letitia Baldrige, American etiquette expert
Letitia Jane Dean, English actress
Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English poet and novelist
Letitia James, American political activist, New York City Public Advocate

Pop Culture References for the name Letitia

Letitia, character in "Sadie Rocks: Happiness and All That Stuff" by Karen McCombie
Jane Letitia Penderwick, character in the Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
Letitia Ketterley "Aunt Letty," character in the Chronicles of Narnia series
"Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter," DC Comics story by Kyle Baker
Letitia "Letty" Ortiz, from the Fast and Furious franchise

Letitia's International Variations

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