English variation of Italian Lauretta; diminutive of Laura
"bay laurel"

Loretta Origin and Meaning

The name Loretta is a girl's name of English origin meaning "bay laurel".

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.

# 764 in the US

Loretta Rank in US Top 1000

# 924 on Nameberry

Loretta Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Loretta Popularity

Famous People Named Loretta

  • Gretchen "Loretta" YoungAmerican actress
  • Loretta LynnAmerican country music singer
  • Loretta DevineAmerican actress
  • Loretta Jane SwitAmerican actress
  • Loretta Elizabeth LynchU.S. Attorney General
  • Loretta L. SánchezU.S. Congresswoman from California
  • Loretta Mae LongAmerican actress
  • Loretta Lynda Chekani ChaseAmerican romance novelist
  • Loretta Lynn McEnroe (b. 2011)daughter of tennis players John McEnroe and Ashley Harkleroad
  • (Marion) Loretta Elwell Broderickdaughter of actors Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick

Loretta in Pop Culture

  • Loretta Brownex,wife of Cleveland Brown on TV's "Family Guy"
  • Loretta Tortellicharacter on TV's "Cheers"
  • Loretta Cancunminor character on TV's "Veronica Mars"
  • Loretta Blackcharacter on TV series "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
  • Loretta Martinfeatured in the song "Get Back" by The Beatles
  • Loretta CastoriniCher's character in film "Moonstruck"
  • Dr. Loretta Wadecharacter on TV's "NCIS: New Orleans"
  • Loretta Callistocharacter on animated series "Miles from Tomorrowland"
  • Loretta StinsonBarney Stinson's mother on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
  • "Loretta" song by Townes van Zandt
  • Loretta Lockhorncharacter in the comic strip "The Lockhorns"