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.

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Comments and insights on the name Vera: | Edit

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.

Nicknames for Vera: | Edit

Vee
Miss Vera

Meanings and history of the name Vera: | Edit

Latin meaning "truth", Russian meaning "faith"
Derived from Albanian "summer"

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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