"joy, gladness"

Letitia Origin and Meaning

The name Letitia is girl's name of Latin origin meaning "joy, gladness".
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.

Letitia has a First Lady heritage, as the wife of President John Tyler. Letitia Baldridge, White House social secretary to Jacqueline Kennedy, was often known as Tish. These days, most parents would prefer the sweet, gold-locket pet forms Letty or Lettie.

Spelled Laetitia, she was the Roman goddess of celebration, happiness and gaiety. The name appeared in the form Lettice in medieval England.

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Famous People Named Letitia

  • Letitia Christian TylerU.S. First Lady as wife of President John Tyler
  • Letitia Green Stevensonwife of U.S. Vice President Adlai E. Stevenson I
  • Letitia Michelle WrightGuyanese,British actress
  • Letitia "Tish" BaldrigeAmerican etiquette expert and White House secretary
  • Letitia Jane DeanEnglish actress
  • Letitia Elizabeth LandonEnglish poet and novelist
  • Letitia JamesAmerican political activist, New York City Public Advocate
  • Letitia Alma VriesdeSurinamese sprinter
  • Letitia Marion HamiltonIrish painter
  • Letitia ChittyEnglish engineer
  • Letitia GwynneIrish TV journalist
  • Letitia Woods BrownAmerican researcher and academic
  • Letitia MacTavish HargraveScottish,Canadian fur trader and diarist
  • Letitia YoumansCanadian temperance leader

Letitia in Pop Culture

  • Letitiacharacter in "Sadie Rocks: Happiness and All That Stuff" by Karen McCombie
  • Jane Letitia Penderwickcharacter in the Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall
  • Letitia Ketterley "Aunt Letty" character in the Chronicles of Narnia series
  • "Letitia LernerSuperman's Babysitter," DC Comics story by Kyle Baker
  • Letitia Prisma character in Oscar Wilde's play "The Importance of Being Earnest"
  • LetitiaMissy's mother in the film "Surviving Christmas"
  • Letitia M. Slighcarprecurring villain in Joan Aiken's "Wolves Chronicles" books
  • Letitia “Leti” Lewischaracter on the HBO TV series “Lovecraft Country”