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What does Virgil mean?

Virgil Pronunciation of Virgil 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)


VARIANTS Verge, Vergil, Vergilio, Virgilio




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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, and is at #1993 currently. (2018 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?

Popular alternative forms of Virgil (#1993 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) 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) and has become significantly diminished since, with forms such as Virgil becoming 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-sounding 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.