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Gender: F Meaning of Loretta: "bay laurel" Origin of Loretta: English variation of Italian Lauretta; diminutive of Laura

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Though Loretta has long ago lost its Latin flair, fashionable Sarah Jessica Parker's choice of it as the middle name of one of her twin daughters freshens it up a bit. It's one of several such names, like Anita and Rita that we can envision making a comeback.

It's a name that was once strongly associated with the glamorous, long popular movie and then TV star Loretta Young (born Gretchen), as well as country singer Loretta Lynn--who was named after Loretta Young.

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Famous People Named Loretta

Loretta Young, U.S. actress
Loretta Lynn, U.S. country singer
Loretta Devine, U.S. actress
Marion Loretta "Loretta" Broderick, daughter of Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick

Pop Culture References for the Name Loretta

Loretta Brown, ex-Wife of Cleveland Brown on TV's "Family Guy"
Loretta Tortelli, Carla's ex-husband's new wife on TV's "Cheers"
Loretta Cancun, minor character on TV's "Veronica Mars"
Loretta Black, from TV series "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Loretta Martin - features in the song 'Get Back' by The Beatles
"Loretta" Song by Townes van Zandt

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