Loretta Name Meaning & Origin

Loretta

Pronunciation: loh-REH-tə (key)

Origin of the name Loretta:

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

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Etta, Lauretta, Lori

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Nicknames for Loretta

Lori, Etta, Lotti

Meanings and history of the name Loretta

Can be an English variant of the Italian diminutive Lauretta (for Laura). It can also be a tribute to Our Lady of Loreto, referring to the Holy House of Loreto, the house in which Mary was born and where the Annunciation occurred. Tradition says that a band of angels scooped up the little house from the Holy Land, and transported it first to Tersato, Dalmatia in 1291, then Recanati, Italy in 1294, and finally to Loreto, Italy where it has been for centuries.

Famous real-life people named Loretta

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.
Loretta West, youngest daughter of notorious New Zealand criminal Wolfgang West

Loretta in song, story & screen

get back by the beatles sings about a girl named loretta

The 2004 Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) "Pixel Perfect" had a character named "Loretta Modern" who was a hologram designed to help one of the main character's band (The Zetta bytes) succeed(possibly a reference to the song "get back" by the beatles)

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