Vera: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Vera

Vera

Pronunciation: VEE-rə, VEH-rə (key)

Origin of the name Vera:

Introduced in the late 19th century, Vera is from the Russian Vjera (faith). It coincides with the Latin vera (true), and the name is often believed to be derived from this, rather than the former.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Vera: | Edit

Reva and Vera are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Vera is spelled the same in quite a few languages, including English, Czech, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Slovenian, Albanian and Spanish

This is my great-aunt's name. We pronounced it VAIR-a, with a soft sound, rather than the hard EE sound that's called for in this guide's pronunciation.

The Russian Vjera and Bulgarian "Vyara" (the word for "faith" in each language, respectively), are often transliterated from Cyrillic as Vera, but the pron. is closer to "vyair-ah" and "vya-rah," not the given pron. "veer-ah."

My daughter's name is Vera. We pronounce it vair-a, rather than vee-ra.

Just to weigh in on the pronunciation, I am used to and have met a Vera spoken as "VEER-uh".

Personal experiences with the name Vera: | Edit

My 3 month old daughters name is Vera Mae. We chose this name because it is timeless. I feel this name is beautiful and will never go out of style. From the moment she was born she is so passive and kind. I can already tell she has a "old soul". She is going to grow into a wonderful young lady.

My daughter gets a lot of good comments about her name.

Nicknames for Vera: | Edit

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Miss Vera

Meanings and history of the name Vera: | Edit

Latin meaning "truth", Russian meaning "faith"
Derived from Albanian "summer". March17,2015, Hello, this is Jadia722- this name has an amazing (Vision? Dream? In my opinion, Truth) Event from my life personally, attached to it- believe me this is a strange story, but it happened, so here goes: the name VERA was the name of a very tall, slender female, jeez, how to describe her?; all I can come up with is "Being", crazy as it sounds, ( brace yourselves and please try to be both open minded and a critical thinker when people make statements like this, because I know it's "out there", and it baffles me to this day), know this is subjective, but I have vivid memories only from this specific time, from when I was a baby myself, not even a year old, VERA was as far as I can determine, not a figment of a newly developing imagination, there's more to it- for she was a being who is like a guardian angel and like I said she was very tall, slender, large brown eyes, pin straight, long auburn hair w/ straight bangs, middle aged, or perhaps a bit older, lovely warm smile, gentle yet powerful, she saved my life- I swear it! I was a very sick baby and my father was in medical school at the time, getting a degree to be a physician himself, with many associates in the medical field- from the time I entered this world I had periods of inconsolable crying, I would curl up in the fetal position, writhing in pain, but the numerous doctors who examined me could find nothing- none of the battery of tests they used to try and determine what the heck was wrong with me showed them anything. Both of my parents are RH Negative bloodtypes, as am I. The thing is, one night my parents had to just lay me down and let me cry myself to sleep( usually mom rocked me but she was getting little sleep as well, with my dad at school, everything else was on her- she also tutored graduate students who were completing their doctorate in Botany(of all things), and my grandmother would come and take care of me- as mom did the tutoring in our house, anyway, on this particular night she was exhausted, my grandma was at her house, already sound asleep,- so reluctantly, she laid me down in my crib , she put on her favorite classical music record and tried to sleep, my dad was already sleeping- he could sleep thru my wailing- mom couldn't:(, well I remember being distraught over her leaving me in my crib and began shaking the crib railing, screaming, and suddenly I just plopped down in the crib, and to my right was- another baby! A beautiful, happy, blonde baby, bigger than me and giggling, smiling and distracting me from my misery, I just watched the baby play, it had my stuffed bunny in a hug and then gave it to me! None of this alarmed me as I was so small and learning how to just "be" in this crazy world as it was, anyway, I fell asleep with the bunny next to me under the blanket, as I drifted off, I looked up to see this tall, lovely being wink, that's right- wink at me, and place her hand over me like a scan and then she covered me with the blanket - my mom came in to check on me, I was covered perfectly with the blanket- not even a year old just yet, my mom thought that odd, since she knows I stood up and made noise shaking the crib- she could hear me despite the record playing, so she knew she didn't do it and my dad, said he didn't either- he hadn't gotten up at all! I(I was only was able to remember this fully through regression,it always bugged me, but I couldn't figure out why) her name came to me long after the regression therapy sessions, when I was thinking how odd that whole incident was, VERA! I just knew- that was her name- I felt such a wash of pure love and familiarity, I began to cry. Because VERA healed me that night- I have never experienced stomach pain since, even with stomach flu, intense exercise, etc.- it is never an issue! So in my experience, VERA is a lovely name for a being I do not completely understand, but whom I love beyond words!

Famous real-life people named Vera: | Edit

Vera Fokina - Famous Russian ballerina, created the roles of Carnival of The Firebird and Scheherazade (1910) .
Vera Farmiga - American actress
Vera Wang - American fashion designer
Vera Miles - American actress
Vera Lynn - English Singer and actress, very popular during WWII
Vera Rubin - American astronomer
Vera Jayne Palmer - birth name of American actress Jayne Mansfield
Vera Mindy Chokalingam - birth name of American actress Mindy Kaling
Vera Bradley - handbag design company named after one of the owner's mother

Vera in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Vera" from the album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd
Vera Louise Gorman, ditsy waitress in the 1970s TV series "Alice", played by Beth Howland
Vera Charles, Mame's best friend in the movie musical "Mame", played by Bea Arthur
Vera was the (unseen) wife of the character Norm from the American series, "Cheers."
Sweet Little Vera, a song by Buffy Sainte-Marie.
Cartoon character Vera the Mouse, by Marjolein Bastin
British movie called "Vera Drake."
Vera is a character in The Secret of My Success with Michael J. Fox.
Vera is played by Neve Campbell in "When Will I Be Loved?"
Vera Linus from the Koren comic book series "Veritas"
Vera Claythorne from the Agatha Christie mystery novel "And Then There Were None"
Vera Misham is a character in the game "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney".

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