[ 3 syll. lo-ret-ta, lor-e-tta ] The baby girl name Loretta is pronounced Lah-REHT-ah (English) †. Loretta is of Latin and Spanish origin, and it is used mainly in English and Italian. From Spanish roots, its meaning is 'pure'.
In addition, Loretta is an English and Italian pet form of Laura.
Loretta is a widely used name; it has 25 variant transcriptions. Variation transcriptions include Laret, Laretta, Larette, Larretta, Larrette, Lauret, Laureta, Lauretta, Laurette, Lawrete, Leretta, Loret, Loretah, Lorete, Lorett, Lorette, Lorit, Lorita, Lorite, Lorreta, Lorretta, Lorrette, Lorrita, and Lowretta. Another English form is the spelling variant Loreta (used in Italian too).
Loretta is rare as a baby name for girls. At the modest peak of its usage in 1938, 0.342% of baby girls were named Loretta. Its ranking then was #62. The baby name has since suffered a marked drop in popularity, and is of only infrequent use now. Out of the group of girl names directly related to Loretta, Laura was the most commonly used in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Loretta: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Loretta: More about famous people named Loretta:
Actress Loretta Swit, born 4 November 1937, Passaic, New Jersey.
Actress Loretta Young, born Gretchen Michaela Young, 6 January 1913 - 12 August 2000, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Country Singer Loretta Lynn, born 14 April 1935, Butcher Hollow, Kentucky.
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