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What does Loretta mean?

Loretta Pronunciation of Loretta [loret-ta] as a girls' name is pronounced lor-RET-ah. It is of Italian and Latin origin, and the meaning of Loretta is "laurel". Diminutive of Laura 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.

Associated with: laurel (tree), 19th century, saint, young.


Loretta has 9 variants: Laretta, Larretta, Lauretta, Laurette, Leretta, Loreta, Lorette, Lorretta and Lowretta.

18 more alternative forms via Laura, Lora: Larea, Lauretha, Lora, Loranna, Loreanna, Loree, Loreen, Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lorenna, Lorenza, Lorey, Lorinda, Lorita, Lorna, Lorra and Lorrette.

Creative forms:
(female) Loretra, Luretta, ..

(male) Loretis, ..

Middle name pairings:
Loretta Cali (L.C.), ..

How popular is Loretta?

Loretta is a very popular first name for females (#189 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#63450 out of 150436, Top 42%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Loretta reached its peak rank of #81 in the U.S. in the 1930s, and is currently at #1160. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Loretta name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Loretta outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent varying forms of Loretta (#1160 in 2015) listed in the Top 2000 are Laura (#322 in 2015), Lauretta, Laurette, Lora, Loree, Loreen, Loren (#1891), Lorena (#1265), Lorene, Lorenza, Loreta, Lorette, Lorinda, Lorita, Lorna and Lorretta. Other variants, like Lorey, are seldom used. Usage of these relations of Loretta was well-received in the 1960s (usage of 1.53%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.08%, 95%), with forms such as Loren becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Loretta, Laura, Lauretta, Laurette, Lora in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Loree, Loreen, Loren, Lorena, Lorene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lorenza, Loreta, Lorette, Lorinda, Lorita in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lorna, Lorretta in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Laura, Lorna outside U.S.

Similar Names

Loretta is pronounced similarly to Larita. Other recommended names are Amoretta, Aretta, Bretta, Caretta, Coetta, Coletta, Conetta, Coretta, Corretta, Corvetta, Cosetta, Donetta, Doretta, Dorette, Floretta, Gretta, Joetta, Joletta, Jonetta, Jorjetta, Josetta, Koretta, Korette, Lanetta, Laretha, Lavetta, Letta, Linetta, Loleta, Loletta, Lonette, Lorenia, Lotta, Loucetta (see Lucetta), Lourdetta, Lucetta, Lunetta, Lurette, Lynetta, Maretta, Oretta, Robetta (see Roberta) and Rosetta. These names tend to be less frequently used than Loretta.

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