Virginia Name Meaning & Origin


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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Comments and insights on the name Virginia

My great Aunt was named Virginia...she was sweet friendly and happy all the time. I named my baby daughter Virginia in memory of my beloved great aunt. I also just love the name, it seems old fashioned but i like the old fashioned names its time they make a come back! We call our baby girl Ginny for short, but I'm sure she'll go by Virginia when she's older.

It is especially popular in Italy.

New post, replying to the original post. I too hated my name based on everything read above. Moved to La Crescenta, CA at the age of 6 (1985) I was placed in second grade at age six. Not even knowing how to speak English. My name was a big joke. Had all my teachers asked me if I went by a nickname. No I said. I dislike nicknames, feels like I am cheating myself. Now I love my name,proud I never went by some stupid nickname. People really close to me call me V, and I will turn around hearing V from familiar voices ❤

Personal experiences with the name Virginia

My most embarrassing experiences usually happen when I attend a conference or something where I am required to wear a name tag. More times than I care to remember, whoever writes out the name tags misspells my name as "VIRGINA" leaving out the final "I." This winds up with the awkward reading of my name sounding as "Vagina" and embarrassment on both parts.
As a teenager the chant was "Virgin?... yeah" or "Her name is Virginia... That's Virgin for short... but not for long!"

As an adult, I enjoy the uniqueness of the name, but as a teenager, "Ginny" was preferred.

I find that often "Ginny" becomes "Jeannie" or "Jenny," depending on the region of the country.

I hated my name when I was growing up because kids would call me Virgin and Vagina. But you know what? I really like my name now. I'm so glad I don't have a dated name from the time I was born (early '80s), like Lindsay or Crystal. I think my name makes me sound sophisticated and intelligent. Nobody ever calls me Ginny (I don't particularly like that nickname anyway), but my cousin used to call me Vina when she was young because she had trouble pronouncing my name. People sometimes call me Victoria even after I tell them my name is Virginia, which is quite irritating. People also frequently misspell my name as Virgina, which shows their stupidity and ignorance more than anything else (it's not an uncommon name and there's only one conventional way to spell it, so what's the problem?).

My middle name is Virginia and I prefer it to my first name which is much more common for my age group. I want to start going by Virginia, but it would be too awkward to have some people calling me the by old name while some call me by a new one. Also, I had it misspelled as Virgina on my credit card and this bothers me deeply.

My first name is Virginia, but I am known as Ginny. I hated it when people tied me in with Ginny from "Harry Potter." I didn't mind at first, until my friends started to call this kid in my school "Harry Potter." I don't really care anymore; I still like the name Virginia and every year my nicknames seem to change from Gin to Vir or from Vir to even Virinia. I am very fond of my name and I wouldn't change it.

My name is technically Ginny but everyone knows it's short for Virginia. the only negative I've seen is when people call me "vagina." I had VIRGINIA written on my Converse and someone very loudly yelled, "Why does your shoe say 'vagina'?" But I love the "old fashioned-ness" of it. It suits me very well and I love "Ginny" for how unique it is, but like a previous poster said I hate the "Harry potter" Ginny for stealing my name...LOL!

I was named Virginia after my maternal grandmother. Like many others have noted, it was a name people could use to tease me pretty ruthlessly with when I was a child/teenager, but I loved the name then and still do. I grew up in the state of Virginia, and many people assume I was named for the state. People also like to assume that you use a shortened name-- and will call you "Ginny" even though you've never identified yourself in that way. My biggest pet peeve is that so many can't spell it correctly-- that 3rd "i" gets them every time!

I was born in 1994 and my first name is Virginia. I absolutely love it. It is a timeless and lovely name. Every other woman I have met named Virginia has had a similar regality to them, and is always classy, sophisticated and intelligent. I had similar issues as the above commenters growing up with name-calling (virgin, vagina mostly), but that has passed. I think most people get mildly teased for dumb things like that when they are young. People sometimes misspell as Virgina, which used to be embarrassing but now is just mildly exasperating. I have never been one for nicknames, but in high school some friends began calling me Virg, which is fine. I never liked the nickname Ginny; too cute for my taste. My family is from Virginia and I often get asked if I was named after the state, which I was not. Virginia is a family name (my grandmother, great aunt and others were named Virginia). All in all, a really beautiful name that I am proud to have.

I grew up in Italy where Virginia is actually quite popular. Every other Virginia I've met made me like my name even more, it reminds me of something interesting and special. I've had no problems with being called vagina or virgin or anything else. I go by Vivi and every other Virginia I've known here does too, I actually love this nickname. I've never been called Ginny, which I don't really like, but I've been called Vivi, Vi (my favorite), Virgi and Virgy. The only problem I've had was with the pronounciation. It's vIrginia not vErginia. Otherwise, it's all good and I'm more than happy with my name.

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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