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Leta may be a form of the ancient Greek name Leda, or it is a play on the Latin word “laetus.” It was a top 400 name in the early twentieth century. It is now nowhere near as popular, however, as only 14 girls had this variation in 2020.

Meaning of the name Leta:

Latin: glad, joyful

Origin of the name Leta:

Leta originates from the Latin word “laetus.” Most believe it is the Latin variation of the Greek baby name Leda. Leda was a popular character in Greek mythology who was the mother of Helen of Troy. Some individuals in modern times, however, use Leta as a nickname for other names that end in the suffix “-leta.”

Symbolism of the name Leta:

Leta means “glad” or “joyful” because of the Latin word “laetus.” “Laetus” directly translates to the English word “glad.”

Style of the name Leta:

Classical

Gender of the name Leta:

Leta is a unique baby name for girls.

Pronunciation of the name Leta:

LEE-tah

Number of syllables in the name Leta:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Leta:

Leta is a formal and noble name for girls. It is refined, yet maintains a sense of simplicity.

Alternative spellings for the name Leta:

  • Letah
  • Leeta
  • Leetah
  • Lita
  • Litah
  • Lata
  • Latah

Nicknames for the name Leta:

  • Lee 
  • Lele
  • Eta
  • Tay Tay

Popularity of the name Leta:

Leta was a top 1,000 name in America until 1961 when it was rank 952. The baby name was a top 400 option until 1909, however. It ranked highest in 1905 at rank 343. As of 2020, Leta was rank 8,310.

Related names for the name Leta:

Great middle names for Leta and their meanings:

  • Marielle (star of the sea)
  • Jessamine (jasmine flower)
  • Hermione (well-born, stone)
  • Seraphina (fiery, burning)
  • Rosalind (beautiful rose)
  • Melody (song)
  • Elizabeth (God is my oath)
  • Rhiannon (great queen, goddess)

Famous people with the name Leta:

  • Leta Hollingworth (psychologist)
  • Leta Lindley (professional golfer)
  • Leta Biasucci (ballerina)

Letas in popular culture:

  • Leta Lestrange (character from “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”)