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Girl Name: Perdita

Name: Perdita
Pronunciation: \p(e)-rdi-ta, per-dita\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: lost
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Bertita, Beradette
Similar Names: Perlita, Perita

Description

Perdita \p(e)-rdi-ta, per-dita\ as a girl's name is pronounced per-DEE-tah, PER-di-tah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Perdita is "lost". Shakespeare created this name for a young heroine in "The Winter's Tale". As a baby, Perdita was left to die because her father mistakenly believed her to be another man's child. She was rescued by a shepherd, who called her Perdita because she was lost. Though she was later wooed by a prince, their marriage was forbidden because of her supposed lack of pedigree. When her origins were discovered, a happy ending ensued.

Baby names that sound like Perdita are Bertita and Beradette. Other similar baby names are Perlita and Perita.

Popularity

Perdita is not a popular first name for women and an equally uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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