Vera is a Russian female name meaning “faith” which comes from Proto-Slavic *vě̀ra (faith, belief) derived from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁- (true), though it’s also been associated with Latin verus meaning “true, truthful, real”, also derived from the same Proto-Indo-European source. Vera is also an Albanian female name derived from verë meaning “summer”. Vera is also a Spanish surname meaning “shore, riverbank; side”, a place name referring to someone who lived near a riverbank. The name derives from Latin viria which also derives from Proto-Indo-European *weh₁y- (to turn, twist; to wrap, enclose, cover).

Nicknames: Verusha (Russian), Verochka (Russian)

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Věra (Czech)
  • Vjera (Croatian, Serbian)
  • Veera (Finnish)
  • Veer (Dutch, Limburgish)
  • Wera (Polish)
  • Vira (Ukrainian)
  • Verica (Croatian, Serbian)
  • Verity (English)


Male forms:

  • Verus (Latin)


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