Loretta: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Loretta

Loretta

Pronunciation: loh-REH-tə (key)

Origin of the name Loretta:

English cognate of the Italian Lauretta, a diminutive form of Laura (laurel).

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Etta, Lori

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Loretta is actually my middle name - after my aunt, a Catholic nun. This name is most often found in Irish and Black families.

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My name is Loretta. I have always loved the sound and uniqueness of it. I get many comments about it, mostly about it being a very beautiful name. My parents took some time to decide what to call me as they were not for some reason I 1976 expecting a girl. Without any problems having my mother's name on my birth certificate as my own, because once decided (I was named after my mother's most dear and inspirational teacher) my father refused to pay the registry office to change it, I only had problems when applying to university despite having a passport bank accounts etc and had to pay to change it and correct my birth certificate. I do like my name and get a little protective about it. It's been a challenge for a few months since a lady started working in my department called Loretto. She said her parents meant to name her Loretta but accidentally gave her the boys version. Often African Caribbean ladies when learning my name say..."but you''re white!" I find this amusing because I believe it has Latin/European origins. Loretta has never been successfully shortened and stuck. Lot, Lottie Lor, Lol, Let, Lorrie, etc have come and gone. Ret, unusually has stuck in the last seven or so years of my 37 year long life because of young children's pronunciations of it and ease of signing off electronically. Plus it's still unique tho has taken some getting used to. My new nephew has settled for auntie Etta. Mom calls me Lorett which is the preferred day to day reference for Loretto at work. We both have first/second generation Irish heritage. She is about 12-15 years older than me.
A Sikh flatmate once told me if I wanted success in life I should change my name by deed poll. He was so passionate that this is something EVERYONE should do at some point but this never sat well with me as being Loretta all or most of my life I believe my name has been part of very significant success throughout my life so for now....I'm sticking with it. Thanks mom and dad!!

Nicknames for Loretta: | Edit

Lori, Etta, Lotti

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Famous real-life people named Loretta: | Edit

Loretta Lynn, country music singer
Loretta Young, Hollywood actress
Loretta Swit, American television actress (MASH)
One of the twin daughters of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick is called Loretta. Her full name is Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick.

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