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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, Viria, ..

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

How popular is Virgil?

Virgil is a very prominent first name for men (#283 out of 1220, Top 23%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#11349 out of 150436, Top 8%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Virgil reached its peak position of #101 in the U.S. in the 1900s, but is not listed at the moment. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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. Virgilio and Vergil are the popular variation forms of Virgil rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Virgil was widespread during 1910-1919 (median #988), but now, the form Virgil has fallen out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Virgil, 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.