Meaning and name origin
Loretta \l(o)-retta, lor(et)-ta\ as a girl's name is pronounced lor-RET-ah. It is of Italian origin. Diminutive of Laura (Latin) "laurel" or Lora. This elaborated form of the name was created in the 19th century. Loreta is a saint's name. Actresses Loretta Young, Loretta Swit; country singer Loretta Lynn.
Loretta is a very popular first name for females (#189 out of 4276, Top 4%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Loretta for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Loretta and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Laura (#318), Laurette, Lauretta, Loretta and Lora. (2014 statistics).
Loretta is also pronounced similarly to Lorita. Other suggested similar baby names are Coretta, Doretta, Koretta, Laretha, Loletta, Lorrette and Lurette. These names tend to be less commonly used than Loretta.