VESNA f Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
in many Slavic languages. This was the name of a Slavic spirit associated with the springtime. It has been used as a given name only since the 20th century.
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.
VESPERA f Esperanto
Means "of the evening"
, derived from Esperanto vespero
"evening", ultimately from Latin vesper
VESTA f Roman Mythology
Probably a Roman cognate of HESTIA
. Vesta was the Roman goddess of the hearth. A continuous fire, tended by the Vestal Virgins, was burned in the Temple of Vesta in Rome.
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.
VIDA (2) f Slovene
Slovene feminine form of WIDO
. Lepa Vida ("beautiful Vida") is a character in Slovene tradition and later romantic poetry (notably by France Prešeren).
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.
VIKTORIA f German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Estonian, Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Belarusian
German, Scandinavian and Greek variant of VICTORIA
. It is also an alternate transcription of Russian/Bulgarian Виктория
or Ukrainian Вікторія
) or Belarusian Вікторыя
VILEN m Russian
Abbreviation of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
, the name of the founder of the former Soviet state (see VLADIMIR
VILJA f Finnish
Possibly from the Finnish word vilja
meaning "cereal, grain"
or the Swedish word vilja
meaning "will, intent"
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).
VIOLET f English
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.
VIOREL m Romanian
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
VIRAJA m Hinduism
Means "ruling, sovereign"
in Sanskrit. This is the name of an offspring of Brahma
in Hindu belief.
VIRGIL m English, 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.
VIRGINIA f English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Greek, Ancient Roman
Feminine form of the Roman family name Verginius
, 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]
VIRIATO m Portuguese
From the Latin name Viriathus
, 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.
VIRNA f Italian
As an Italian name it owes its usage primarily to the actress Virna Lisi (1936-2014). Her name was invented by her father.
VIRVA f Finnish
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.
VIRVE f Estonian, Finnish
From Estonian virves
meaning "sprout, shoot"
meaning "ripple, shimmer"
VISHAL m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Bengali
Means "wide, broad, spacious"
VISITACIÓN f Spanish
in Spanish. This name is given in reference to the visit of the Virgin Mary
to her cousin Elizabeth.
VISVALDIS m Latvian
Latvian name derived from the Baltic elements vis
"all" and vald
"rule". It is thus a cognate of the Slavic VSEVOLOD
VITALE m Italian
Italian form of the Late Latin name Vitalis
, which was derived from Latin vitalis
meaning "of life, vital"
. Vitalis was the name of several early saints and martyrs.
VITUS m Ancient Roman
Roman name that 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
VIVEK m Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali
Means "wisdom, distinction, discrimination"
VIVIAN m & f English, 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)
VIVIEN (2) f Literature, Hungarian
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
VLAD m Romanian, Russian, Medieval Slavic
Old short form of VLADISLAV
and other Slavic names beginning with the element vladeti
. Vlad Dracula, a 15th-century prince of Wallachia, was Bram Stoker's inspiration for the name of his vampire, Count Dracula.
VLADIMIR m Russian, 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).
VLASTIMIL m Czech, Slovak
Derived from the Slavic elements vlasti
"rule, sovereignty" and milu
"gracious, dear". In modern Czech vlast
means "homeland" (a descendant word of vlasti
VOLOS m Slavic Mythology
Derived from Slavic volu
. Volos was the Slavic god of cattle, also associated with the earth, wealth, the underworld, and poetry.