Names Starting with V

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VICTORINOmSpanish, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese form of VICTORINUS.
VICTORINUSmLate Roman
Roman name which was derived from VICTOR. This was the name of a ruler of the Gallic Empire in the 3rd century. It was also borne by the 4th-century Roman grammarian and philosopher Victorinus Afer as well as a few early saints.
VICTORIUSmLate Roman
Roman name which was derived from VICTOR. This was the name of two early saints.
VIDmSlovene, Croatian, Hungarian (Rare)
Slovene, Croatian and Hungarian form of WIDO or VITUS. Saint Vitus, known in Slavic languages as Sveti Vid (or similar), has been conflated with the Slavic god Svetovid.
VIDA (1)mHungarian
Hungarian form of WIDO or VITUS.
VIDA (2)fSlovene
Slovene feminine form of WIDO or VITUS.
VIDA (3)fPersian
Means "visible" in Persian.
VIDALmSpanish
Spanish form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VIDARmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Norse Mythology
From the Old Norse Víðarr, which is possibly derived from víðr "wide" and arr "warrior". In Norse mythology Víðarr was the son of Odin and Grid. At the time of the end of the world, the Ragnarok, he will avenge his father's death.
VIDYAfHinduism, Indian, Marathi, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil
Means "knowledge, science, learning" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu goddess Saraswati.
VIÊNmVietnamese
Means "round, full, complete" in Vietnamese.
VIỆNmVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (viện) meaning "courtyard, institution".
VIENNEfFrench (Rare)
From the French name of the capital city of Austria, known in English as Vienna.
VIENOf & mFinnish (Rare)
Means "gentle" in Finnish.
VÍGDÍSfAncient Scandinavian
Derived from the Old Norse elements víg "war" and dís "goddess".
VIGDÍSfIcelandic
Icelandic form of VÍGDÍS.
VIGGOmNorwegian, Danish, Swedish
Short form of names containing the Old Norse element víg "war".
VÍGImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse form of VIGGO.
VIIVIfFinnish
Finnish form of VIVIANA.
VIJAYAm & fHinduism, Indian, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi, Hindi
Means "victory" in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form विजय and the feminine form विजया, both of which are used frequently in Hindu texts. It is the name of a grandson of Indra, a son of Krishna and it is another name of the goddess Durga. This was also the name of a semi-legendary 6th-century BC king of Sri Lanka.
VIKENTImRussian
Variant transcription of VIKENTIY.
VIKENTIJEmSerbian
Serbian form of VINCENT.
VIKENTIYmRussian
Russian form of VINCENT.
VIKINGmSwedish
From the Old Norse name Víkingr meaning "viking, raider", ultimately from vík "bay, inlet".
VIKKIfEnglish
Diminutive of VICTORIA.
VIKRAMAmHinduism
Means "stride, pace" or "valour" in Sanskrit. This is another name of the Hindu god Vishnu. This was also the name of a semi-legendary 1st-century BC king (full name Vikramaditya) of Ujjain in India.
VIKTORASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of VICTOR.
VIKTÓRIAfHungarian, Slovak
Hungarian and Slovak form of VICTORIA.
VIKTORIAfGerman, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
German and Scandinavian variant of VICTORIA. It is also a variant transcription of VIKTORIYA.
VIKTORIEfCzech
Czech form of VICTORIA.
VIKTORIYAfRussian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian
Russian, Ukrainian and Bulgarian form of VICTORIA.
VIKTORSmLatvian
Latvian form of VICTOR.
VILĈJOmEsperanto
Esperanto diminutive of WILLIAM.
VILÉMmCzech
Czech form of WILLIAM.
VILENmRussian
Abbreviation of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the name of the founder of the former Soviet state.
VILFREDmDanish
Danish form of WILFRED.
VILFREDOmItalian
Italian form of WILFRED.
VILHELMmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
Scandinavian and Finnish form of WILLIAM.
VILHELMASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of WILLIAM.
VILHELMImFinnish
Finnish form of WILLIAM.
VILHELMIINAfFinnish
Finnish feminine form of WILLIAM.
VILHELMINAfSwedish (Rare), Lithuanian (Rare)
Swedish and Lithuanian feminine form of WILLIAM.
VILHELMOmEsperanto
Esperanto form of WILLIAM.
VILHELMSmLatvian
Latvian form of WILLIAM.
VILHJÁLMURmIcelandic
Icelandic form of WILLIAM.
VILHOmFinnish
Finnish short form of WILLIAM.
VILIAMmSlovak
Slovak form of WILLIAM.
VILIMmCroatian
Croatian form of WILLIAM.
VILISmLatvian
Latvian form of WILLIAM.
VILJAfFinnish
Means "cereal, grain" in Finnish.
VILJAMImFinnish
Finnish form of WILLIAM.
VILJEMmSlovene
Slovene form of WILLIAM.
VILJOmFinnish
Finnish short form of WILLIAM.
VILKOmSlovene, Croatian
Slovene and Croatian diminutive of WILLIAM.
VILLEmFinnish, Swedish
Finnish and Swedish diminutive of WILLIAM.
VILLEMmEstonian
Estonian form of WILLIAM.
VILMARmSwedish, Norwegian, Danish
Scandinavian form of WILLAMAR.
VILMOSmHungarian
Hungarian form of WILLIAM.
VILPPUmFinnish
Finnish variant form of PHILIP.
VILTAUTASmLithuanian
From the Baltic elements vil- "hope" and tauta "people, nation".
VILTAUTĖfLithuanian
Feminine form of VILTAUTAS.
VIMALmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil
Means "clean, pure, spotless" in Sanskrit.
VIMALAfTamil
Feminine form of VIMAL.
VINmEnglish
Short form of VINCENT.
VINAfIndonesian
From Sanskrit वीणा (Vina) meaning "lute".
VINALmEnglish (Rare)
From a surname which was derived from a place name meaning "vine hall" in Middle English.
VINAYmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil
Means "leading, guidance, modesty" in Sanskrit.
VINCEmEnglish, Hungarian
English short form and Hungarian normal form of VINCENT.
VINCENCmCzech, Slovene
Czech and Slovene form of VINCENT.
VINCENTmEnglish, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Slovak
From the Roman name Vincentius, which was from Latin vincere "to conquer". This name was popular among early Christians, and it was borne by many saints. As an English name, Vincent has been in use since the Middle Ages, though it did not become common until the 19th century. Famous bearers include the French priest Saint Vincent de Paul (1581-1660) and the post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890).
VINCENTASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of VINCENT.
VINCENTEmItalian
Italian variant form of VINCENT.
VINCENTIUSmLate Roman
Original Latin form of VINCENT.
VINCENZAfItalian
Italian feminine form of VINCENT.
VINCENZOmItalian
Italian form of VINCENT.
VINHm & fVietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese (vinh) meaning "glory".
VINICIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of the Roman family name Vinicius, which was possibly derived from Latin vinum "wine".
VINÍCIUSmPortuguese
Portuguese form of Vinicius (see VINICIO).
VINKAfCroatian
Croatian feminine form of VINCENT.
VINKOmCroatian, Slovene
Croatian and Slovene form of VINCENT.
VINNIEmEnglish
Diminutive of VINCENT.
VINNYmEnglish
Diminutive of VINCENT.
VINZENZmGerman
German form of VINCENT.
VIOLAfEnglish, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, German, Hungarian, Czech
Means "violet" in Latin. This was the name of the heroine in Shakespeare's play 'Twelfth Night' (1602).
VIOLETfEnglish
From the English word violet for the purple flower, ultimately derived from Latin viola. It was common in Scotland from the 16th century, and it came into general use as an English given name during the 19th century.
VIOLETTAfItalian, Russian, Hungarian
Italian, Russian and Hungarian form of VIOLET.
VIOLETTEfFrench
French form of VIOLET.
VIONAfEnglish (Rare)
Possibly a variant of FIONA influenced by VIOLA.
VIORELmRomanian
Derived from viorea, the Romanian word for the alpine squill flower (species Scilla bifolia) or the sweet violet flower (species Viola odorata). It is derived from Latin viola "violet".
VIORICAfRomanian
Derived from Romanian viorea (see VIOREL).
VIPINmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam
Means "forest" in Sanskrit.
VIPULmIndian, Marathi, Gujarati, Hindi
Means "large, extensive, plenty" in Sanskrit.
VIRAfUkrainian
Ukrainian form of VERA (1).
VIRÁGfHungarian
Means "flower" in Hungarian.
VIRAJAmHinduism
Means "ruling, sovereign" in Sanskrit. This is the name of an offspring of Brahma in Hindu belief.
VIRGEEfEnglish
Diminutive of VIRGINIA.
VIRGIEfEnglish
Diminutive of VIRGINIA.
VIRGILmEnglish, Romanian
From the Roman family name Vergilius which is of unknown meaning. This name was borne by the 1st-century BC Roman poet Publius Vergilius Maro, commonly called Virgil, who was the writer of the 'Aeneid'. Due to him, Virgil has been in use as a given name in the English-speaking world since the 19th century.
VIRGILIJUSmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of VIRGIL.
VIRGÍLIOmPortuguese
Portuguese form of VIRGIL.
VIRGILIOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of VIRGIL.
VIRGILIUmRomanian
Romanian variant of VIRGIL.
VIRGILIUSmLate Roman
Medieval Latin form of VERGILIUS, altered by association with Latin virgo "maiden" or virga "wand".
VIRGINIAfEnglish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Romanian, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman family name Verginius or Virginius which is of unknown meaning, but long associated with Latin virgo "maid, virgin". According to a legend, it was the name of a Roman woman killed by her father so as to save her from the clutches of a crooked official.... [more]
VIRGINIEfFrench
French form of VIRGINIA.
VIRIATOmPortuguese
From the Latin name Viriathus or Viriatus, which was derived from viriae "bracelets" (of Celtic origin). Viriathus was a leader of the Lusitani (a tribe of Portugal) who rebelled against Roman rule in the 2nd century BC.
VIRVAfFinnish
Possibly derived from Finnish virvatuli meaning "will o' the wisp". In folklore, will o' the wisp is a floating ball of light that appears over water.
VISHALmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali
Means "wide, broad, spacious" in Sanskrit.
VISHNUmHinduism, Indian, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Marathi
Probably means "all-pervasive" in Sanskrit. The Hindu god Vishnu is the protector and preserver of the universe, usually depicted as four-armed and blue-skinned. By some Hindus he is regarded as the supreme god.
VISITACIÓNfSpanish
Means "visitation" in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth.
VIŠNJAfCroatian, Serbian
Means "sour cherry" in Croatian and Serbian.
VISSARIONmRussian, Greek
Russian form and modern Greek transcription of BESSARION.
VISSENTAfSardinian
Sardinian feminine form of VINCENT.
VISSENTEmSardinian
Sardinian form of VINCENT.
VISVALDASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of VISVALDIS.
VISVALDISmLatvian
Latvian name derived from the Baltic elements vis "all" and vald "rule". It is thus a cognate of the Slavic VSEVOLOD.
VÍTmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of VITUS or WIDO.
VITALEmItalian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Vitalis, which was derived from Latin vitalis "of life, vital". Vitalis was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
VITALImRussian, Ukrainian
Variant transcription of VITALIY.
VITALIAfItalian (Rare)
Feminine form of VITALE.
VITALIJAfLithuanian
Lithuanian feminine form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VITALIJUSmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VITALISmLate Roman
Latin form of VITALE.
VITALIYmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VITALIYAfRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian feminine form of Vitalis (see VITALE).
VITALYmRussian, Ukrainian
Variant transcription of VITALIY.
VÍÐARRmNorse Mythology
Old Norse form of VIDAR.
VITOmItalian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of VITUS.
VITOMIRmCroatian, Serbian, Slovene, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements vit "master, lord" and miru "peace, world".
VÍTORmPortuguese, Galician
Portuguese and Galician form of VICTOR.
VITÓRIAfPortuguese
Portuguese form of VICTORIA.
VITTOREmItalian
Italian form of VICTOR.
VITTORIAfItalian
Italian form of VICTORIA.
VITTORINOmItalian
Italian form of VICTORINUS.
VITTORIOmItalian
Italian form of VICTORIUS.
VITUSmAncient Roman
Roman name which was derived from Latin vita "life". Saint Vitus was a child martyred in Sicily in the early 4th century. From an early date this name was confused with the Germanic name Wido.
VITYAmRussian
Diminutive of VIKTOR.
VIVEKmIndian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali
Means "wisdom, distinction, discrimination" in Sanskrit.
VIVEKAfSwedish
Swedish form of WIEBKE.
VIVIfDanish, Swedish, Norwegian
Scandinavian diminutive of names beginning with Vi, as well as OLIVIA and SOFIA.
VIVIANm & fEnglish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish
From the Latin name Vivianus which was derived from Latin vivus "alive". Saint Vivian was a French bishop who provided protection during the Visigoth invasion of the 5th century. It has been occasionally used as an English (masculine) name since the Middle Ages. In modern times it is also used as a feminine name, in which case it is either an Anglicized form of BÉBINN or a variant of VIVIEN (2).
VIVIANAfItalian, Spanish, Late Roman
Feminine form of Vivianus (see VIVIAN). Saint Viviana (also known as Bibiana) was a Roman saint and martyr of the 4th century.
VIVIANEfFrench
French form of VIVIANA. It is also the French form of VIVIEN (2).
VIVIANUSmLate Roman
Latin form of VIVIAN.
VIVIEN (1)mFrench
French form of Vivianus (see VIVIAN).
VIVIEN (2)fLiterature
Used by Alfred Lord Tennyson as the name of the Lady of the Lake in his Arthurian epic 'Idylls of the King' (1859). Tennyson may have based it on VIVIENNE, but it possibly arose as a misreading of NINIAN. A famous bearer was British actress Vivien Leigh (1913-1967), who played Scarlett O'Hara in 'Gone with the Wind'.
VIVIENNEfFrench
French form of VIVIANA.
VIVIETTEfEnglish (Rare)
Diminutive of VIVIENNE. William John Locke used this name for the title character in his novel 'Viviette' (1910).
VJEKOmCroatian
Short form of VJEKOSLAV.
VJEKOSLAVmCroatian
Derived from the Slavic elements vyeku "age" and slava "glory".
VJEKOSLAVAfCroatian
Feminine form of VJEKOSLAV.
VJERAfCroatian, Serbian
Croatian and Serbian cognate of VERA (1).
VLADmRomanian, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Old short form of VLADISLAV and other Slavic names beginning with the element vladeti meaning "rule". Vlad Dracula, a 15th-century prince of Wallachia, was Bram Stoker's inspiration for the name of his vampire, Count Dracula.
VLADANmSerbian, Czech, Slovak
Short form of Slavic names beginning with the element vladeti meaning "rule".
VLADILENmRussian
Contraction of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, the name of the founder of the former Soviet state.
VLADIMERmGeorgian
Georgian form of VLADIMIR.
VLADIMERUmMedieval Slavic
Church Slavic form of VLADIMIR.
VLADIMÍRmCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of VLADIMIR.
VLADIMIRmRussian, Serbian, Croatian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Slovene, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic element vladeti "rule" combined with meru "great, famous". The second element has also been associated with miru meaning "peace, world". This was the name of an 11th-century grand prince of Kiev who is venerated as a saint because of his efforts to Christianize his realm (Kievan Rus). It was also borne by the founder of the former Soviet state, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924).
VLADIMÍRAfCzech, Slovak
Czech and Slovak form of VLADIMIRA.
VLADIMIRASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of VLADIMIR.
VLADIMIRSmLatvian
Latvian form of VLADIMIR.
VLADISLAVmRussian, Czech, Slovak, Slovene, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements vladeti "rule" and slava "glory".
VLADISLAVAfRussian, Czech
Feminine form of VLADISLAV.
VLADLENmRussian
Contraction of Vladimir Lenin, the name of the founder of the former Soviet state.
VLADOmCroatian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovene, Bulgarian, Macedonian
Short form of VLADIMIR and other Slavic names beginning with the element vladeti meaning "rule".
VLAHOmCroatian
Croatian form of Blasius (see BLAISE).
VLASmRussian
Russian form of BLAISE.
VLASImRussian (Rare)
Variant transcription of VLASIY.
VLASISmGreek
Greek form of BLAISE.
VLASIYmRussian (Rare)
Russian form of BLAISE.
VLASSISmGreek
Greek form of BLAISE.
VLASTAfCzech, Slovak, Croatian, Serbian
Short form of names beginning with the Slavic element vlasti "rule, sovereignty" (the descendant word vlast means "homeland" in modern Czech).
VLASTIMILmCzech
Derived from the Slavic elements vlasti "rule, sovereignty" and milu "gracious, dear". In modern Czech vlast means "homeland" (a descendant word of vlasti).
VLASTIMILAfCzech
Feminine form of VLASTIMIL.
VLASTIMÍRmCzech
Czech form of VLASTIMIR.
VLASTIMIRmSerbian, Macedonian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements vlasti meaning "rule, sovereignty" and miru meaning "peace, world".
VLASTISLAVmCzech, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements vlasti "rule, sovereignty" and slava "glory". In modern Czech vlast means "homeland" (a descendant word of vlasti).
VLATKAfCroatian
Diminutive of VLADIMIRA.
VOHU MANAHmPersian Mythology
Ancient Avestan form of BAHMAN.
VOIRREYfManx
Vocative form of MOIRREY.
VOITSEKHmMedieval Slavic
Medieval Slavic form of WOJCIECH.
VOITTOmFinnish
Means "victory" in Finnish.
VOJTĚCHmCzech
Czech form of WOJCIECH.
VOJTECHmSlovak
Slovak form of WOJCIECH.
VOLDEMARASmLithuanian
Lithuanian variant of WALDEMAR.
VOLDEMĀRSmLatvian
Latvian cognate of WALDEMAR.
VOLHAfBelarusian
Belarusian form of OLGA.
VOLKANmTurkish
Means "volcano" in Turkish.
VOLKERmGerman
Derived from the Germanic element fulc "people" combined with hari "army".
VOLODIMERUmMedieval Slavic
Old East Slavic form of VLADIMIR.
VOLODISLAVUmMedieval Slavic
Old East Slavic form of VLADISLAV.
VOLODYAmRussian
Diminutive of VLADIMIR.
VOLODYMYRmUkrainian
Ukrainian form of VLADIMIR.
VOLOSmSlavic Mythology
Derived from Slavic volu meaning "ox". Volos was the Slavic god of cattle, also associated with the earth, wealth, the underworld, and poetry.
VÖLUNDmNorse Mythology
Scandinavian form of WIELAND.
VÖLUNDRmNorse Mythology
Old Norse form of WIELAND.
VOLYAmRussian (Rare)
Means "will, freedom" in Russian.
VONDAfEnglish
Variant of WANDA, reflecting the Polish pronunciation.
VORTIGERNmHistory
English form of GWRTHEYRN.
VOSGIf & mArmenian
Variant transcription of VOSKI.
VOSKIf & mArmenian
Means "gold" in Armenian.
VOULAfGreek
Diminutive of PARASKEVI.
VOVAmRussian
Diminutive of VLADIMIR.
VRAGImAncient Scandinavian
Old Norse byname possibly meaning "mooring post".
VRATISLAVmCzech, Slovak, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements vratiti "to return" and slava "glory". This was the name of two dukes of Bohemia. The city of Wrocław in Poland is named after the first.
VRENIfGerman (Rare)
Diminutive of VERENA.
VSEVOLODmRussian, Ukrainian, Medieval Slavic
Derived from the Slavic elements visi "all" and vladeti "rule". This was the name of an 11th-century grand prince of Kiev.
VUGARmAzerbaijani
Variant transcription of VÜQAR.
VUKmSerbian
Means "wolf" in Serbian.
VUKAŠINmSerbian
Derived from Serbian vuk "wolf". This was the name of a 14th-century Serbian ruler.
VULCANmRoman Mythology (Anglicized)
From the Latin Vulcanus, possibly related to fulgere "to flash", but more likely of pre-Latin origin. In Roman mythology Vulcan was the god of fire. He was later equated with the Greek god Hephaestus.
VULFERAMmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WOLFRAM.
VULFGANGmAncient Germanic
Old Germanic form of WOLFGANG.
VUOKKOfFinnish
Means "anemone flower" in Finnish.
VÜQARmAzerbaijani
Azerbaijani form of WAQAR.
VURALmTurkish
Possibly from Turkish vur meaning "strike, hit".
VÜSALmAzerbaijani
Means "meeting, joining" in Azerbaijani.
VÜSALAfAzerbaijani
Variant transcription of VÜSALƏ.
VÜSALƏfAzerbaijani
Feminine form of VÜSAL.
VYACHESLAVmRussian, Ukrainian
Russian and Ukrainian form of VÁCLAV.
VYGANTASmLithuanian
Lithuanian form of WIGAND.
VYTAUTASmLithuanian
From the Baltic elements vyti- "chase, drive away" or vyd- "see" combined with tauta "people, nation". This was the name of a 15th-century Grand Duke of Lithuania, revered as a national hero in that country.
VYTAUTĖfLithuanian
Feminine form of VYTAUTAS.