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What does Virginia mean?

Virginia Pronunciation of Virginia [vir-ginia] as a girls' name is pronounced vir-JIN-yah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Virginia is "maiden". The name was originally spelled Verginia, and was the feminine form of an ancient Roman clan name Verginius. With time, its spelling changed due to its association with the Latin term "virgo", meaning "maiden". This meaning has been used for the name ever since. Popular in America since the mid 19th century; the first child born in America was Virginia Dare, in 1597. The state of Virginia was named as homage to the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I. Author Virginia Woolf; tennis player Virginia Wade.

Associated with: ancient (old), roman, clan (surname), 19th century, virgin, queen.


Virginia has 38 variants: Geena, Geenia, Geenya, Genia, Genya, Gigi, Gina, Ginella, Ginelle, Ginette, Ginger, Gingia, Ginia, Ginnee, Ginni, Ginnie, Ginny, Ginya, Jenell, Jenella, Jenelle, Jinia, Jinjer, Jinnie, Jinny, Verginia, Verginya, Virge, Virge, Virgena, Virgene, Virgenya, Virgie, Virgina, Virgine, Virginie, Virginnia and Virgy.

1 masculine form: Virginius.

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Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Virginia?

Virginia is a very popular first name for women (#35 out of 4276, Top 1%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#47654 out of 150436, Top 32%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Virginia reached its peak rank of #7 in the U.S. in the 1920s, and is presently at #522. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Virginia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Virginia outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Virginia (#522 last year) ranked in the Top 2000 are Gina (#1967 last year), Jinnie, Virgie, Virgina, Jenelle, Ginny, Genia, Gigi, Ginger, Geena and Jenell. These relations of Virginia were at the height of their popularity a century ago (median #1581) and have become significantly less popular since.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Virginia, Geena, Genia, Gigi, Gina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ginger, Ginny, Jenell, Jenelle, Jinnie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Virgie, Virgina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Virginia and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Airina, Birgitta, Divinia, Erlinia, Erminia, Giorgina, Herminia, Irminia, Jorgina, Livinia, Margisia (see Margaret), Reginia, Sardinia, Sirenia, Urainia, Vardina, Varina, Varinka, Verbina, Verina, Verinka (see Vera), Vidonia, Viennia, Vigilia, Vinia, Viridia, Viridian, Viridis and Virna. These names tend to be less commonly used than Virginia.

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