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What does Virgil mean?

Virgil Pronunciation of Virgil [vir-gil] as a boys' name is pronounced VER-jil. It is of Latin origin. From Vergilius. Clan name: possibly means "staff bearer", referring to the staff's use as part of official insignia in ancient Rome. The writings of Virgil, the Roman poet-philosopher, have provided classic texts for the study of Roman history and the Latin language for the past 2,000 years. Composer Virgil Thomson.

Associated with: clan (surname), ancient (old), roman, philosopher, classic (medieval).


Virgil has 4 variants: Verge, Vergil, Vergilio and Virgilio.

Affiliated boy name: Homer.

Creative forms:
(male) Vigil, Virsil, ..

(female) Virgin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Virgil Boone (V.B.), ..

How popular is Virgil?

Virgil is a very prominent first name for males (#283 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#11349 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Virgil reached its highest position of #101 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Virgil appearing in the Top 2000 are Homer, Vergil and Virgilio. Usage of these relations of Virgil was at its peak a century ago (average #830), but now, forms such as Virgil have become less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Virgil, Homer, Vergil, Virgilio in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aimil, Bertil, Birgin, Carvil, Ciril, Cyril, Derril, Egil, Eigil, Jeril, Jibril, Kiril, Kyril, Meril, Merril, Mihail, Nikhil, Norvil, Orvil, Sirgio, Toril, Trail, Vail, Verill, Verlin, Vernal, Vernin, Verrill, Veryl, Vidal, Videl, Viggo, Vigi, Vinnie, Vireo, Virginio, Virle, Vital and Zindil. These names tend to be less frequently used than Virgil.