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 "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".
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.