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PronouncedPron.və-RAHN-i-kə American English
və-RAWN-i-kə British English

Meaning & History

Latin alteration of BERENICE, the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon meaning "true image". This was the name of a legendary saint who wiped Jesus' face with a towel and then found his image imprinted upon it. Due to popular stories about her, the name was occasionally used in the Christian world in the Middle Ages. It was borne by the 17th-century Italian saint and mystic Veronica Giuliani. As an English name, it was not common until the 19th century, when it was imported from France and Scotland.
DiminutivesRoni, Ronnie English
Other Languages & CulturesBerenice, Berenike, Pherenike Ancient Greek Bernice Biblical Bernike Biblical Greek Bernice Biblical Latin Veronika Bulgarian Veronika Croatian Veronika Czech Veronika Danish Bérénice, Véronique French Veronika German Veronika Hungarian Veronika Latvian Veronika Lithuanian Veronika Macedonian Veronika Norwegian Weronika, Wera Polish Verônica Portuguese Veronika, Nika Russian Veronika Slovak Veronika Slovene Weronika Sorbian Verónica Spanish Veronika Swedish Veronika Ukrainian
Same SpellingVerónica, Verônica
User SubmissionVerònica


Depiction of Saint Veronica by Hans Memling (c. 1470)Depiction of Saint Veronica by Hans Memling (c. 1470)


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Entry updated August 16, 2017   Contribute