Gender: Female Meaning of Perdita: "lost" Origin of Perdita: Latin

Perdita Origin and Meaning

The name Perdita is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "lost".

A Shakespearean invention for an abandoned baby in The Winter's Tale, Perdita's sense of loss has always been off-putting to parents. But her image was somewhat resuscitated by its association with the appealing canine character in Disney's One Hundred and One Dalmations.

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Pop Culture References for the name Perdita

Perdi, Perdie, Perdy, Dita


AllysonKristina Says:


Perdita is absolutely gorgeous!!!

Theodora Graham Says:


I immediately think of Perdita from One Hundred and One Dalmations, but with that put aside it's a lovely name. The Shakespeare association is wonderful. However I wouldn't use it for a child.

Floris Says:


It's a lovely name. And the meaning... Well, is it awesome...? No. But there is much worse out there... Calling girls Andrea or Cecilia for example. Or names like Calvin. And Perdita could also refer to something one finds again.

Nozomi Says:


Yes it sounds more like lost in spanish...

Emily McBride Says:


You may be a native speaker but that is still a very subjective opinion. I spend my whole day speaking Spanish at work and home and it would never occur to me in a hundred years to relate Perdita with "cerdita." Particularly not when there's a common Spanish word that it is clearly derived from. Moreover, it would only be a (potential, and not really very likely) problem for a child growing up somewhere with a large Spanish-speaking population.

The much more likely connections that people will make are a) "perdida", b) 101 Dalmations and c) Shakespeare.

I mention this because some poor mother may be dreaming of using this name and be put off by your comment when it really isn't necessary and the kid would 95% not go through life being called cerdita.

Eva Thyssen Says:


Sounds similar. I'm a native Spanish speaker so I know what i'm talking about.

Emily McBride Says:


No, it really doesn't. If it sounds like anything in Spanish, it sounds like "perdida" (lost), which is what it means. If someone's name was "wig" would you say "it sounds like pig?"

I really don't understand how these comments are helpful.

NaomiNY Says:


101 Dalmatians comes to mind when I hear this name :)

Eva Thyssen Says:


Sounds like 'cerdita': litte (female) pig in Spanish. >_<

Zelliew Says:


Perdition is eternal death so there aren't any happy vibes for me here

lesliemarion Says:


The meaning is irrelevant. I might worry about my dog named Perdita getting lost, but not a child. Doesn't Gideon mean something like bloody stump for a hand? I think Perdita is gorgeous, as is Persis and for a male, Persia. Woof!

headintheclouds Says:


I really like Perdita! The meaning is not so good, but much better than you'd find with some other names with not-so-great meanings (like lame, sorrow, etc.). It's a bit Guilty Pleasure for me, but I think it's regal and pretty, with a really nice nickname- Dita. Plus it's unusual, with the associations in the mainstream being 101 Dalmatians and Shakespeare.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Ugly. Needs to stay with the dalmatian.