Names That Mean Gladness

  1. Lettie
    • Origin:

      English, diminutive of Letitia, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "joy, gladness"
    • Description:

      Lettie, also spelled Letty, is a nickname name not heard in over a century, giving it the patina of a treasured antique. Lettie's style currency is rising with the trend for old-fashioned, down-to-earth nicknames. Lettie is right in step with Lottie, Hettie, Hattie, Josie, and Maisie.
  2. Lettice
    • Origin:

      English variation of Letitia
    • Meaning:

      "joy, gladness"
    • Description:

      Lettice is still occasionally heard in upper-class British families, but we fear it would cause too much salad-green teasing to be considered in the U.S. Calling your little Lettice Lettie could help make the name more user-friendly, or go all the way to the original Letitia.
  3. Letitia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "joy, gladness"
    • Description:

      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.
  4. Letty
    • Origin:

      English, diminutive of Letitia
    • Meaning:

      "joy, gladness"
    • Description:

      Like Lottie, Letty is a nickname name not heard in over a century, giving it the patina of a treasured antique.
  5. Letizia
    • Origin:

      Italian variation of Letitia
    • Meaning:

      "gladness"
    • Description:

      Letizia is a pretty Latin variation of Letitia; it's one of those Italian names for girls that makes the more familiar version feel less prissy and more appealing. Letizia was the first name of Napoleon's mother.
  6. Letícia
    • Origin:

      Portuguese variation of Letitia, Latin
    • Meaning:

      "joy, gladness"
    • Description:

      Portuguese variation of Letitia.