What does Loretta mean?
Loretta \l(o)-retta, lor(et)-ta\ as a girls' 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▼ has 34 more alternative forms via Laura, Lora: Laranca, Larea, Laurella, Laurena, Laurentia, Lauretha, Laurita, Lora▼, Lorah, Loranna, Loreanna, Loree, Loreen, Loren▼, Lorena▼, Lorene▼, Lorenna, Lorenza, Lorey, Lori▼, Lorie▼, Lorinda, Lorine▼, Lorita, Lorna▼, Lorra, Lorrae, Lorree, Lorrette, Lorri▼, Lorrie▼, Lorry, Lory and Lowra.
Loretta is a very popular first name for females (#189 out of 4276, Top 4%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Loretta for girls. Loretta reached its peak rank of #88 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent varying forms of Loretta listed in the Top 1000 are Laura (#318 in 2014), Lauretta, Laurette, Lora, Loren, Lorena, Lorene, Lorenza, Lori, Lorie, Lorine, Lorna, Lorri and Lorrie. Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during the years 1960-1969 and is now significantly less, with forms such as Laura, Lorena, Lorine, Lorna and Lorrie falling out of style. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Loretta and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)