Meaning and Name Origin
Gloria \g-lo-ria\ as a girls' name is pronounced GLOR-ee-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Gloria is "glory". Supposedly coined by playwright George Bernard Shaw in "You Never Can Tell" (1898); the form Gloriana had earlier been used to refer to Queen Elizabeth I. Also made famous by actress Gloria Swanson from the 1920s to the 1960s. Writers Gloria Steinem, Gloria Naylor; singer Gloria Estefan.
Gloria▼ has 22 variants: Glaura, Glaurea, Glora, Glorea, Gloree, Glorey, Gloreya, Glori, Gloriana, Gloriane, Glorianna, Glorianne, Gloribel, Gloribell, Glorie, Glorra, Glorria, Glory, Glorya, Gloryan, Gloryanna and Gloryanne.
Gloria is a very popular first name for females (#56 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#9332 out of 88799, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Gloria for girls. Gloria entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its highest rank of #26 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #541 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Floria. Like Gloria, this name is not frequently used.