Lavinia Name Meaning & Origin

Lavinia

Pronunciation: lah-VIN-ee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Lavinia:

Borne in Roman mythology by the daughter of King Latinus. She was the last wife of Aeneas and was considered to be the mother of the Roman people. The name is a feminine form of Latinus (from Latium, the area surrounding and including ancient Rome).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Levinia, Liv

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Comments and insights on the name Lavinia: | Edit

This name has four syllables, so is "long without sounding long", if you know what I mean! I think it is very pretty.

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My best friend's name is Lavinia. I like the name. It is quite "dignified", and - when she wants to! - my friend can be very dignified, too. It suits her really well.

Nicknames for Lavinia: | Edit

Liv, Vin, Vinnie, Livy, Nia, Ava, Lav

Viney was the usual nickname in the 19th century

Lavvie was used in A Little Princess

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Famous real-life people named Lavinia: | Edit

Lavinia Fontana, 15th century Italian painter.
Lavinia Dickinson - sister of poet Emily, who credited her for giving her encouragement and opportunity for her writing

Lavinia in song, story & screen: | Edit

Lavinia, an antagonist in the book and film "A Little Princess"
Lavinia, character in "Theories of Rain," short story by Andrea Barrett
Lavinia, title-character of the book by Ursula Le Guin
Lavinia, the unfortunate daughter of Titus Andronicus in the Shakespeare play, "Titus Andronicus."
Lavinia Lyte, a character in "Johnny Tremain", by Esther Forbes
Miss Lavinia Swire from the British Soap Opera "Downton Abbey"
Lavinia from the anime series "Soukou No Strain"

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