What does Veronica mean?
Variant of Berenice, influenced by Latin vera icon "true image". Saint Veronica (17th century) was an Italian mystic and saint. She was said to have offered Jesus a cloth to wipe his face as he faltered on his way to crucifixion. She obtained a miraculous "true image" of Jesus' face on the cloth. The name first appeared in Britain in the 17th century, and spread beyond Catholic families in the 19th century. Actress Veronica Lake.
Veronica▼ has 32 variants: Rana, Ranna, Roni, Ronica, Ronika, Ronna, Ronnee, Ronni, Ronnica, Ronnie▼, Ronny, Veera, Veira, Vera▲, Veranica, Veranique, Verinique, Vernice▼, Vernicka, Vernika, Verohnica, Verohnicca, Verona▼, Veronice, Veronicka, Veronika, Veronike, Veroniqua, Veronique, Veronka, Veronqua and Vonnie.more]
How popular is Veronica?
Veronica is a very popular first name for women (#158 out of 4276, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#39824 out of 150436, Top 26%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Veronica for girls. Veronica reached its apex rank of #68 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #375 presently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Prominent alternative forms of Veronica (#375 2 years ago) are Vera (#367 2 years ago), Vernice, Verona, Vonnie, Ronnie, Bernice, Roni, Ronna and Berenice. Adoption of these forms of Veronica was common during the years 1910-1919 (average #617) and is somewhat less today (#874, ▼67.1%), with forms like Veronica, Berenice, Bernice, Verona and Vernice falling out of style. Veronica is a perennial favorite, though Vera is currently the preferred form. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the girl name Veronica and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)