UROŠ m Serbian, Slovene
Serbian form of an old Hungarian name, possibly from úr
meaning "man, lord"
combined with a diminutive suffix. This was the name of five Serbian kings.
URS m German (Swiss)
German form of the Latin name Ursus
, which meant "bear"
. Saint Ursus was a 3rd-century soldier in the Theban Legion who was martyred with Saint Victor. He is the patron saint of Solothurn in Switzerland.
UTHER m Welsh Mythology, Arthurian Romance
From the Welsh name Uthyr
, derived from Welsh uthr
. In Arthurian legend Uther was the father of King Arthur
. He appears in some early Welsh texts, but is chiefly known from the 12th-century chronicles of Geoffrey of Monmouth.
UTHMAN m Arabic
Means "baby bustard"
in Arabic (a bustard is a type of large bird). Uthman was a companion of the Prophet Muhammad
who married two of his daughters. He was the third caliph of the Muslims.
UTTARA m & f Hinduism, Indian, Marathi
in Sanskrit. This is a transcription of both the masculine form उत्तर
(also written Uttar
) and the feminine form उत्तरा
(also written Uttarā
), both of which occur in the Hindu epic the Mahabharata
belonging to the son and daughter of King Virata.
UTU m Sumerian Mythology
Derived from Sumerian 𒌓 (ud)
. In Sumerian mythology this was the name of the god of the sun. He was the son of the moon god Nanna
UZZIAH m Biblical
Means "my power is YAHWEH"
in Hebrew, from the roots עֹז ('oz)
meaning "strength, power" and יָה (yah)
referring to the Hebrew God. This is the name of several Old Testament characters including a king of Judah.
UZZIEL m Biblical, Biblical Hebrew
Means "my power is God"
in Hebrew, from the roots עֹז ('oz)
meaning "strength, power" and אֵל ('el)
meaning "God". This is the name of several minor characters in the Old Testament.
VÁCLAV m Czech, Slovak
Contracted form of the older name Veceslav
, from the Slavic elements veche
"more" and slava
"glory". Saint Václav (known as Wenceslas in English) was a 10th-century duke of Bohemia murdered by his brother. He is the patron saint of the Czech Republic. This was also the name of several Bohemian kings.
VADIM m Russian
Meaning unknown. It is used as a Russian form of BADEMUS
, but it may actually be derived from the Slavic name VADIMIR
or else from an Old Norse source.
VAHAGN m Armenian Mythology, Armenian
From Avestan Verethragna
meaning "breaking of defense, victory"
. In Armenian mythology this was the name of the heroic god of war.
VÄINÄMÖINEN m Finnish Mythology
Derived from Finnish väinä
meaning "wide and slow-flowing river"
. In Finnish mythology Väinämöinen was a wise old magician, the son of the primal goddess Ilmatar
. He is the hero of the Finnish epic the Kalevala
VAKHTANG m Georgian
Derived from Old Persian varka-tanu
. This name was borne by several kings of Georgia.
VALENTIN m French, Romanian, German, Czech, Russian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Croatian, Danish (Rare), Swedish (Rare), Norwegian (Rare)
Form of Valentinus
(see VALENTINE (1)
) in several languages.
VALENTINE (1) m English
From the Roman cognomen Valentinus
, which was itself a derivative of the cognomen Valens
meaning "strong, vigorous, healthy"
in Latin. Saint Valentine was a 3rd-century martyr. His feast day was the same as the Roman fertility festival of Lupercalia, which resulted in the association between Valentine's day and love. As an English name, it has been used occasionally since the 12th century.
VALERIAN m Russian, Georgian, Romanian, History
From the Roman cognomen Valerianus
, which was itself derived from the Roman name VALERIUS
. This was the name of a 3rd-century Roman emperor. Several saints also had this name, including a 2nd-century martyr of Lyons.
VALERIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name that was derived from Latin valere "to be strong"
. This was the name of several early saints.
VALÉRY m French
Derived from the Germanic elements walha
"foreign" and ric
"ruler, mighty". It has been frequently confused with the name Valère
VĂN m Vietnamese
From Sino-Vietnamese 文 (văn)
meaning "literature, culture, writing"
. This is a common middle name for Vietnamese boys.
VANCE m English
From an English surname that was derived from Old English fenn
meaning "marsh, fen"
VANNA (2) f & m Khmer
in Khmer, ultimately from Sanskrit.
VARDAN m Armenian
Derived from Armenian վարդ (vard)
, ultimately from an Iranian language.
VARIUS m Ancient Roman
Roman family name meaning "versatile"
in Latin. Varius Rufus was a Roman epic poet of the 1st century BC.
VARUNA m Hinduism
Probably from a Sanskrit word meaning "to surround"
. In Hindu mythology Varuna is a god of water and the celestial ocean surrounding the world. He is one of the chief gods in the Rigveda.
VASANTA m Hinduism
in Sanskrit. This is the name of a Hindu personification of the spring.
VASCO m Portuguese, Spanish, Italian
From the medieval Spanish name Velasco
, which possibly meant "crow"
in Basque. A famous bearer was the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first person to sail from Europe around Africa to India.
VATROSLAV m Croatian
Derived from Croatian vatra
"fire" combined with Slavic slava
"glory". It was either coined (or revived from an unattested name) in the 19th century.
VAUGHN m Welsh, English
From a Welsh surname that was derived from Welsh bychan
VAYU m Hinduism
Means "air, wind"
in Sanskrit. This is the name of the Hindu god of the air and wind, one of the five elements.
VEASNA m & f Khmer
Means "opportunity, good fortune, fate"
VEDASTUS m History (Ecclesiastical)
Possibly a Latinized form of a Germanic or Celtic name, possibly Germanic WIDOGAST
. This was the name of a 6th-century saint who helped to convert the Frankish king Clovis to Christianity.
VEIKKO m Finnish
From a colloquial form of the Finnish word veli
VELLO m Estonian
From a diminutive form of the Estonian word veli
VENA m Hinduism
Derived from Sanskrit वेन (vena)
. This is the name of an evil king in Hindu mythology.
VERCINGETORIX m Gaulish
Means "king over warriors"
from Gaulish ver
"on, over" combined with cingeto
"marching men, warriors" and rix
"king". This name was borne by a chieftain of the Gaulish tribe the Arverni. He led the resistance against Julius Caesar's attempts to conquer Gaul, but he was eventually defeated, brought to Rome, and executed.
VERE m English (Rare)
From a Norman surname, which was from a French place name, which was itself derived from a Gaulish word meaning "alder"
VEREMUND m Ancient Germanic (Latinized)
Latinized form of a Germanic name, probably Waramunt
, derived from war
"vigilant, cautious" and mund
"protection". This was the name of a 5th-century king of Galicia (from the Germanic tribe of the Suebi). It was later the name of kings of Asturias and León, though their names are usually spelled in the Spanish form Bermudo
VERÍSSIMO m Portuguese
From the Latin name Verissimus
meaning "very true"
. Saint Verissimus was a Portuguese martyr executed during the persecutions of the Roman emperor Diocletian in the early 4th century.
VERNON m English
From a Norman surname, which was from a French place name, ultimately derived from the Gaulish word vern
VĚROSLAV m Czech
Combination of the Czech name VĚRA
or word víra
(both meaning "faith") with the Slavic element slava
VESPASIAN m History
From the Roman cognomen Vespasianus
, derived either from Latin vesper
. This was the name of a 1st-century Roman emperor, Titus Flavius Vespasianus, the founder of the Flavian dynasty.
VETLE m Norwegian
Norwegian form of the Old Norse name Vetrliði
meaning "winter traveller"
, and by extension "bear cub"
VIBOL m Khmer
Means "abundant, large, vast"
VICTOR m English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch, Swedish, Late Roman
Roman name meaning "victor, conqueror"
in Latin. It was common among early Christians, and was borne by several early saints and three popes. It was rare as an English name during the Middle Ages, but it was revived in the 19th century. A famous bearer was the French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885), who authored The Hunchback of Notre Dame
and Les Misérables
VICTORINUS m Late Roman
Roman name that 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.
VIDE m Swedish
in Swedish, from Old Norse víðir
VIKING m Swedish
From the Old Norse name Víkingr
meaning "viking, raider"
, ultimately from vík
VIKRAMA m Hinduism
Means "stride, pace"
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.
VIKTOR m Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Estonian, German, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Bulgarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian, Greek
Form of VICTOR
used in various languages.
VILEN m Russian
Abbreviation of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
, the name of the founder of the former Soviet state (see VLADIMIR
VINAL m English (Rare)
From a surname that was derived from a place name meaning "vine hall"
in Middle English.
VINCENT m English, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Slovak
From the Roman name Vincentius
, which was derived from Latin vincere
meaning "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).
VINICIO m Italian, Spanish
Italian and Spanish form of the Roman family name Vinicius
, which was possibly derived from Latin vinum "wine"
VINÍCIUS m Portuguese
Portuguese form of Vinicius
). It gained popularity in Brazil due to the poet and musician Vinícius de Moraes (1913-1980).