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

The name Loretta is a girl's name of English origin meaning "bay laurel". Loretta and is often added to lists like Old People Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Creative Nicknames".

From the experts:

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

Gretchen "Loretta" Young, American actress
Loretta Lynn, American country music singer
Loretta Devine, American actress
Loretta Jane Swit, American actress
Loretta Elizabeth Lynch, U.S. Attorney General
Loretta L. Sánchez, U.S. Congresswoman from California
Loretta Mae Long, American actress
Loretta Lynda Chekani Chase, American romance novelist
Loretta Lynn McEnroe (b. 2011), daughter of tennis players John McEnroe and Ashley Harkleroad
(Marion) Loretta Elwell Broderick, daughter of actors 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, character on TV's "Cheers"
Loretta Cancun, minor character on TV's "Veronica Mars"
Loretta Black, character on TV series "Curb Your Enthusiasm"
Loretta Martin, featured in the song "Get Back" by The Beatles
Loretta Castorini, Cher's character in film "Moonstruck"
Dr. Loretta Wade, character on TV's "NCIS: New Orleans"
Loretta Callisto, character on animated series "Miles from Tomorrowland"
Loretta Stinson, Barney Stinson's mother on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
"Loretta," song by Townes van Zandt

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