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

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.

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Pop Culture References for the name Loretta

Lauretta, Lauret, Leretta, Larretta, Loret, Lorette, Laurette, Larette, Lorretta, Laretta, Lowretta, Loreta


DearTheodosia Says:


I LOVE this name. It has an elegant and traditional feel, with cute nicknames like Lori and Lora/Laura.

NimbleNymph Says:


Have always loved this name, always will.

Jennifer Rose Says:


I`m loving this as a middle name.

SouthernPeach Says:


I love this name along with Lucille! I can't believe it's on the old people names list!

Greyblue Says:


This name has such great nickname potential - Etta, Etty, Lori, Lottie, Lola - I'm surprised it's not used more

Daiseymae Says:


She she was exquisitely beautiful.

Kateri Says:


Love this name, it has a vintage elegance to it with the spunky nicknames Retta or Etta.

lesliemarion Says:


Loretta Young was one of the most beautiful women who ever lived and I love her name just for her.

Guest Says:


Can definitely comeback. It's so pretty and rolls off the tongue.