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Virginia Clemm was both Edgar Allan Poe's wife and his cousin. She lived an unfortunate life and died before she was 25.
-- Lady_Raltz  9/9/2005
This name was borne by American actress Virginia Mayo.
-- alberto  9/29/2005
This is Geena Davis' full name.
-- Leonardo2505  12/2/2005
Writer Virginia Woolf is a famous bearer. [noted -ed]
-- Anonymous User  12/16/2005
Virginia Woolf, like said above, was a writer. She commited suicide in Sussex, England in 1941 by drowning herself. She's my hero, and I plan on naming my first future daughter after her (I already have a cat named Woolf!).
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2006
The name gives me the impression of intellectuality and sensitivity. I have sort of an indescribable passion for it though.
-- letranger  2/3/2006
Not a bad name, I like the nickname Ginny.
-- Anonymous User  5/28/2006
This would be kind of embarrassing, if you know what I mean.
-- Anonymous User  6/9/2006
Virginia Sorensen, who wrote a book called "Miracles on Maple Hill", a John Newbery Medal award winning book. Besides this book, she also wrote another book called "Plain Girl".
-- Anonymous User  6/12/2006
My friend's name is Virginia and she hates it. It's long and people often misspell it (even though we LIVE IN VIRGINIA!) and her mom named her after the state we live in. I mean how uncreative! We all call her Jen or Jenny (I guess it would be spelled Ginny but Gin just doesn't look right!)
-- whitedotblackdot  7/3/2006
"Yes, Virginia..." is the name of an album by the Dresden Dolls. It refers to the letter in which a girl called Virginia wrote in to the New York Times and asked if there was a Santa Claus. Or was it the NY Post? I forget.
-- patchworkgirl  7/10/2006
I think Virginia is a beautiful name, very elegant and I love the nickname Ginny.
-- Anonymous User  7/18/2006
Virginia Dare was the first person born in America, she was born August 18th, 1587 (I'm not sure if that's the right date or not). She disappeared along with 117 other people. (She's a part of the Lost Colony)
-- StevieGrl  7/18/2006
Virgina Dare was NOT the first person born in America. She was the first person of European blood born in America.
-- Anonymous User  7/24/2006
In response to the posts by StevieGrl and an anonymous user, she was the first person of ENGLISH blood born in the Americas. Vikings from nothern Europe travelled to Northern Canada and Greenland and set up colonies that failed miserably (that's why we never hear of them).
-- mhavril39  8/19/2007
A famous bearer is actress Virginia Madsen.
-- audreyhubley  9/3/2006
"Meet Virginia" is a fabulous song by the band Train.
-- Emmasj  11/10/2006
I love old, English names, and I think Virginia is elegant and lovely. While Virginia is regal sounding, the nickname Ginny is flirty and fun! The main character of one of my favorite books is named Virginia, too!
-- Aangelz287  11/12/2006
Virginia is my name. I like it. Sometimes I get called "Victoria", but not very often. I'm NOT named after the state, but a lot of people seem to think that. I don't even live in the USA! Only a few people call me "Ginny", my usual nickname is "Birdie". I don't know why either. But my name is uncommon, and I love that.
-- scarletquillraven  11/17/2006
There is an author named Virginia Andrews aka V C Andrews.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Virginia is one of the most beautiful, classic names out there. Not only is it very classy and lady-like, but it can also sound cute and fun with the nicknames Ginger or Ginnie. Definitely a great choice. :)
-- Anonymous User  12/5/2006
Virginia was my Grandmother's name, and is my middle name. Everyone called Grandma Gigi, and I think that's a cute name.
-- Georgette  1/24/2007
I like this name, more for its famous bearers than for its sweet sound. Virginia Woolf is one of my favourite authors, and it could also be for Elizabeth I, the virgin queen. I don't really like the nickname Ginny because it sounds like Jenny and someone could mistake the girl's name for Jennifer.
-- black_lace  1/26/2007
It reminds me of the state. I like it though but people could make up very, very vulgar nicknames for this.

Also: the Harry Potter character called Ginny, her full name was Ginevra, not Virginia.
-- Anonymous User  2/14/2007
Virginia is also derived from Mary, Virgin mother of Christ.
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2007
Virginia is gorgeous and sweet. I love it. It's so strong, yet feminine and pretty as well. It's also one of my Great Aunt's names. I never met her, but I do love her name!
-- Sarah Elizabeth  5/13/2007
At first, this was believed to be Ginny Weasley's first name, from Harry Potter. This was later changed to Ginevra.
-- DontDissMadison  5/18/2007
It wasn't "later changed" because it was never Virginia at all. People believed it to be because Ginny is usually a nickname for Virginia. J. K. Rowling later CLARIFIED that it was Ginevra. She never wrote anywhere that it was Virginia.
-- Townzell  4/10/2008
Virginia Rappe (1891-1921), Hollywood starlet and model whose scandalous death at a party reduced Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle's career to shambles.
-- cateyedsnake  8/25/2007
This name sounds very refined, but a little awkward. I have never liked it.
-- Wilted  12/9/2007
Academy Award-winning actress Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) was born Virginia Katherine McMath.
-- BlueSomehow  1/30/2008
I think the name Virginia sounds a little too, I don't know, rude? I dread to think what nicknames you might get called if you were a ten year old in primary school.
-- rachypiesheepbaa  4/28/2008
Well, it sounds a bit tacky because it's a state name, and place names tend to sound quite tacky. I mean, the name will be associated with the state, and people will have their assumptions about parents who are very fond of the state Virginia. Poor Virginia herself might not be so enamored of the state. Well, you do get the cute nickname Ginny out of this, but it sounds so old-fashioned, and people might think you just have an annoying pronunciation of Jenny.
-- slight night shiver  5/12/2008
Though I have a personal bias (Virginia is my full name, though I've always refused to be called it), I dislike this name. It's too long and formal to be used as a common name, and for some reason, Ginny is annoying to me, so I'm left with either Gin, or, as I've always done, just going by my last name.

Outdated, too long, poor options for nicknames, and the whole "virgin" thing can get annoying once you're in secondaries.
-- paintwolf  6/9/2008
Many Christian girls are named Virginia after Mary the Virgin, the mother of Jesus. And most Christian Virginias have Mary somewhere in their names also; i.e. Mary Virginia, Virginia Marie, etc.
-- wordperson  7/11/2008
I love this name, but it might cause jokes because it has the word "virgin" in it.
-- bananarama  8/25/2008
I do understand the jokes that would be made, and I've a friend whose family is sooo religious that they named her Virgin. I do like the meaning, though.
-- reina  12/22/2008
This name is not Danish as listed. I have never met a Dane with this name and according to Danish statistics only 89 persons in Denmark are named this. [noted -ed]
-- Kris-tine  6/17/2009
I love the nickname Nia for this. It's a less common than Ginny.
-- Bitterblue  8/8/2009
I like it, it's beautiful, but will lead to teasing.
-- Alora  1/31/2010
Virginia Gamba (1600-1634) was the oldest daughter of astronomer Galileo Galilei.
-- CarolinW  3/29/2010
Noooooooooooooooo. It may have been a good name in 1800 but NOT in 2010! Imagine in elementary to highschool. "Hey dude, there goes Virgin and she's still a virgin, hahaha!"
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2010
I understand that in today's society, with how rude and stupid teenagers can be, this name could cause some problems, but I can't help but like it- I find it very cute, but at the same time refined and sophisticated!
-- Anonymous User  6/18/2010
TAKE THAT BACK. Just put a strike through my first comment. My life has been changed by a SHOCKING REVELATION. Namely (oh, hardy har), I like this name. I have a massive thing for this name, almost. Virginia may sound stuffy and it's probably downright hilarious to anyone teenage Anglophone, but honestly? Virginia is something beautiful. Nothing's taking that away from me, not even the snickers of teenagers. It's gorgeous, even if it sounds gawky and stiff as a board at first. (As the actress said to the bishop.)
-- Wilted  6/28/2010
I really love this name, I think it's really nice, but the word "virgin" always comes to mind, unfortunately, but in my opinion, still quite usable.
-- walesgal92  8/26/2010
I think it's a lovely name, but it'll definitely cause teasing. It makes me think of a nice brown haired woman with green eyes.
-- Chrila96  2/20/2011
Sounds cheap and tacky in the United States. Gag.
-- Anonymous User  6/6/2011
Name of the Day: July 4th, 2011.
-- AndrewJKD  7/6/2011
Virginia Apgar (1909-1974) was a pediatric anesthesiologist who created the Apgar score, an observational technique used to assess the health of newborns. At one and five-minute intervals after birth, the newborn is given a score ranging from 0 to 2 in the categories heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, reflex, and color. Dr. Apgar was the first woman to chair the anesthesiology department at New York Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and is considered a key founder of the field of neonatology.
-- humblebee  7/29/2011
Virginia "Pepper" Potts is Tony Stark's -Iron Man's- assistant in Marvel's Iron Man and Avengers comics.
-- Lady_Skywalker  1/21/2012
Not really for a child.
-- SEC908  10/6/2012
English actress Virginia McKenna (b. 1931), star of the movie "Born Free".

Virginia Lilian Emmeline Compton Mackenzie was the real name of famous English actress Fay Compton. (I put more about her under "Fay")

Famous English singer Vera Lynn's only child is named Virginia.
-- Just Jonquil  2/7/2013
In A Shirley Temple movie [I forget which one] she played a Virginia, and her nickname was "Miss Virgie" pronounced Vir-GEE.
-- anoldfashionedgirl  3/12/2013
I think the name Virginia is simply a bad name. I think that state names are sort of uncreative and are meant to be states, not names. I also don't really like the sound of it when you say it. "Ver-JIN-ya." Keep saying it, you'll realize that it sounds weird and sort of like a disease. The only upside to this name is that it suits anyone of any age. I think that it's best, however, for a middle-aged woman.
-- avengingangelx3  6/17/2013
Virginia is old name and is older then America. In fact the reason why the state of Virginia had received it's name because the first baby born in the state name was Virginia.
-- 555jazzy  6/29/2013
Actually, many states are named after people. Typically, a name that is also the name of a state was a name long before the state was established. Georgia, for example, is a feminine form of George. The state itself was named after King George III. Carolina comes from Carolus, the Latin form of Charles. North and South Carolina were named after Charles I of England. Even Virginia was a name before it was a state. It is even stated here that the first baby born in the US to a colonist was named Virginia. It was a colony then, so technically not a state. It didn't become a state until at least 200 years later. It's quite irritating when people complain about a name because it's a state name- they were names before they were states (usually, though there are a few exceptions).
-- Anonymous User  8/19/2013
I'm a Virginia, born in the late 60's, not to hippy parents but very proper English parents! Yes, I got teased as a kid, both about the 'virgin' connotation, and "yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus", but it never bothered me. My response usually was along the lines of "original, never heard that before!". It wasn't a big deal.

Teachers always tried to shorten my name to Ginny, but I kept it as Virginia. My maiden name was Jackson - Ginny Jackson would have been too cutesy!
My immediate family still call me Veeg or Veegy, but to the rest of the world I'm Virginia, or "V". I live in Canada so there's not much association with the state of the same name, but I do get called "Victoria" on a regular basis! I like that there are very few other Virginias :-)

Oh, and to the commenter avengingangelx3, you should hear how a Spanish or Portuguese person pronounce this name, it's lovely!
-- Virginia  11/3/2014
Virginia Is a great name.
-- CathyE521  11/19/2013
Virginia Lewis is the name of the main protagonist from the 2000 NBC miniseries "The 10th Kingdom."
-- Meadow  2/1/2014
I think this is a great name. :) People who'd make fun of a person with this name are idiotic and immature. Seriously, what's so funny about the word 'virgin'?
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2014
This is my first name and I do not care for it, although I was named after an actress my Dad liked when he was younger. When I was very little everyone called me Ginger, and when I was about 5 or 6 I started insisting on being called Virginia because I liked it better than Ginger. Little did I know at the time the name calling I would have to put up with as I got older (not just Virgin, but also the name for part of the female anatomy). All this name calling made me hate my name, and my middle name is just as old fashioned so its never been an option. Ginger and Ginny never suited my personality, so during my late teens I started going by Gin (although I don't like the spelling, but if I went by Jen then people would think I was a Jennifer). As I get older I'm not hating the name as much (I'm in my late 30's), so maybe one day I won't mind it so much. But one thing I've always had a problem with is introducing myself as Virginia because its quite awkward to say and doesn't roll off the tongue easily. If you are considering naming your baby Virginia, please do her a favor and at least give her a more popular or trendier middle name to fall back on.
-- gineeo  9/5/2014
Virginia Centurione Bracelli is a saint.
-- Anonymous User  9/20/2014
Virginia Cherrill (Born: April 12, 1908, Died: November 14, 1996) was an American actress known for her role as the blind flower girl in Charlie Chaplin's City Lights.
-- Anonymous User  10/25/2014
Virginia Nicholson (Born: 1916, Died: 1996) was an actress.
-- Anonymous User  10/25/2014
Virginia is a beautiful, elegant name for a little girl. Ginny, Nia and Virgie are awesome nicknames. The word virgin isn't so bad to make this name useless or funny.
-- heidbz  6/25/2015
I think Virginia is a beautiful name. It was my mom's name and is my niece's middle name. I think it has a nice rhythm or lilt to it.
-- Darlene33  7/20/2015
Although Ginny is the cutest nickname, another alternative could be Gigi.
-- lilpimpteller  7/20/2015
I'm sorry, but I have to say I hate this name! So old fashioned. Parents, I hate to say this, but if you name your child Virginia you are setting her up for teasing. They will call her names such as Virgin and, well, you know, lady stuff.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2015
I wouldn't use this name. Not because it's dated or the fact that it's the name of a state but of the blatant 'Virgin' right in it.

I don't mind the name but due to the 'Virgin' right in it, I'd think twice before using it if I were you. Perhaps leave it as a middle name if it absolutely must be used.

And to add on: I used to not care for this name at all until I watched some TV show which opened my mind up a bit. (Character Virginia Chance from Raising Hope).
-- Anonymous User  9/20/2015
What I'm finding out about this name is that people either love it or hate it. When I heard the song "Meet Virginia" by Train I fell in absolute LOVE with the name and I find myself quoting the song all the time. I want to name by baby girl Virginia Rose. She can go by Rose or Rosie if she wants since I do not care for those Ginny or Gin nicknames. I don't see why the whole Virgin beginning is such a big deal. It's a beautiful name.
-- al84  9/24/2015
It's an okay name, but living in the good ole state of Virginia it just seems odd as a name to me. I'm not saying it's bad, it's just not my favorite :/
-- Morgan1599  11/30/2015
My name is Virginia. I am 58 so possibly my parents named me in a time where romance, history, and tradition were still important. Weirdly, they never called me Virginia, only Ginny. I use Virginia for my business name and all my close friends call me Ginny. I love it. It is different than others out there. I never get teased or have rude comments about my name. If anything I am the one who kids others about my name. So all those soon to be mothers, use Virginia, it is versatile, classic, feminine and memorable.
-- Anonymous User  3/20/2016
This is my name and I absolutely love it. I go by my full name and don't care for nicknames. I love the fact that there were never others with my name in my classes. I find the name to be memorable and that people treat me with the utmost respect and I think much of it has to do with my name. If I ever had a daughter (I had two sons) I was going to name her Virginia as well.
-- toughteach1  7/8/2016
Don't give your daughter this name, it's a real burden. If you must, as another person has already written, please give her a second name that's more popular, so she has a choice.
It's the Olympics in Brazil right now, and the gold medal for shooting went to an athlete called- guess what- Virginia.
Unfortunately in my country the annotators did what people always do- refer to the song Country Roads. I guess that happened in many more countries. "Virginia- take me home, mountain mama", he wrongly quoted, and the next reporter repeated the quote as well. I can't count the many times my name was being made fun of or I was looked at with irritation when introducing myself and I don't even live in an anglophone state. I agree with anyone about the insulting connotations- and I don't even like the sound of this name.

If you like the name that much, change YOUR name into Virginia, if possible, to see what it's like. As well, there's always the possibility to get a pseudonym. Or just introduce yourself as Virginia to a stranger to find out. I just wish MY parents had read this comment before naming me.
-- Anonymous User  8/6/2016
I am named Virginia from my grandmother's middle name. Yes, I'm a Virginia too girls :) But I'm the little age of 12. I think the name I have is really soft and caring, it's that I don't really suggest it because us Virginia's get bullied because it sounds like Vagina or Virgina. Although, Jinger or Gingin suits me better, and would probably the other Virginia's out there too. I've been bullied since 4th and now I'm in 7th because of the immature kids.
-- Damien.XOXO.Virginia  9/13/2016
I'm 14 and I'm in middle school. So my daily life is full of derogatory nicknames relating to my name, Virginia. I've gotten "Virgin", "Vagina" and a slew of others. I've gotten. Victoria, Veronica, Vanessa, Vivian, etc. But despite all of this, I love my name. I believe I would be a different person today if I were named something different. I live in the US and many times people have asked "Were you born in Virginia? Were your parents from Virginia? Are you a virgin? What's you name going to be when you aren't a virgin anymore?". Thanks to those irritating and oh so original jokes, I've built up a thick skin. And that's an extremely valuable trait to have in life and especially middle school. I'm proud of my name and I never regret being named Virginia. And also, my name is not tacky.
-- lampnugget  10/27/2016

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