Virginia Name Meaning & Origin

Virginia

Pronunciation: ver-JIN-yə (key)

Origin of the name Virginia:

Derived from the Latin Verginius (springlike, flourishing), an old Roman family name which has its root in the Latin ver (spring).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Ginger, Ginny, Virginie

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Nicknames for Virginia

Gin, Ginny, Ginger, Gina, Ginia, Ginna, Virgie, Virg, Virgo, V, Vir, Viggy, Ginya, Ginnie, Vig, Gia, Gena, VA (as in the state abbreviation), Vivi, Virgi, Nia

Meanings and history of the name Virginia

This name was first spelled Verginia, and was the feminine form of an ancient Roman clan name, Verginius. Over time its spelling changed due to its association with the Latin term virgo, meaning "maiden." This meaning has driven the use of the name ever since.

In 1587, this was the name given the first baby born to English colonists in the New World, Virginia Dare. Both the baby and her home colony were named for Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen of England. Virginia is the oldest surviving English place-name in the U.S. not wholly borrowed from a Native American word, and the fourth oldest surviving English place name, though it is Latin in form.

Virginia may be used by Catholics to honor the Virgin Mary.

Famous real-life people named Virginia

Virginia Apgar, American physician and creator of the Apgar test, still used today to assess the health of newborn infants
Virginia Centurione Bracelli, Roman Catholic saint
Virginia Cherrill (1908-1996), American actress
Virginia Patterson "Patsy" Cline, American country-western singer
Virginia Dare, first baby born in America of English parents in 1587
Virginia "Geena" Davis, American actress
Virginia Foxx, member of Congress
Virginia Grey (1917-2004), American actress
Virginia Hamilton, American children's book author
Virginia Heffernan, American journalist
Virginia Madsen, American actress
Virginia Mayo (1920-2005), American actress
Virginia O'Hanlon, a young girl whose letter about the veracity of Santa Claus's existence prompted a famous 1897 editorial in the New York Sun newspaper titled "Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus."
Virginia "Ginger" Rogers, American actress and dancer
Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM
Virginia "Gena" Rowlands, American actress
Virginia Satir, American author and psychotherapist
Virginia Wade, British tennis player
(Adeline) Virginia Woolf, British author
Virginia A. Zakian, American scientist and professor at Princeton University
Virginia Bocelli (b. 2012), daughter of Italian singer, songwriter, and record producer Andrea Bocelli

Virginia in song, story & screen

"Dancing Virginia" by Jump, Little Children
"Leave Virginia Alone" by Rod Stewart
"Sweet Virginia" by The Rolling Stones
"Meet Virginia" by Train
"Virginia" by Tori Amos
"Virginia" by Dixie and Tom T. Hall
Virginia, girl to whom the song "Only the Good Die Young" by Billy Joel is addressed
Virginia Woolf, character in book and film "The Hours" by Michael Cunningham, played in the movie by Nicole Kidman
Virginia, a rare opera by Saverio Mercadante, 1866
Virginia, a novel by Ellen Glasgow
Virginia Chance, a character on the TV series Raising Hope

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