Vikare

Vikare is the Etruscan name of Icarus, the son of Daedalus in Greek myth. Icarus and his father attempted to escape imprisonment from King Minos of Crete by flying off from wings created by Daedalus from feathers and wax. However, Icarus flew too close to the sun which melted the wax and caused him to fall into the ocean and drown. I couldn't find the origin … Continue reading Vikare

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Vida

Vida is a Spanish and Portuguese word meaning "life" as well as the Slovene feminine form of Vitus, a Roman name which derives from Latin vita (life) from Proto-Indo-European *gʷeyh₃- (to live). Vida could also be the Slovene feminine form of Wido which comes from an Ancient Germanic element witu "wood" or wid "wide". Vida … Continue reading Vida

Vanessa

Vanessa is a famous name created by the Anglo-Irish author Jonathan Swift for his poem Cadenus and Vanessa (1713). He created it by taking the first three letters of his lover’s surname (Esther Vanhomrigh) and adding the pet form Essa. Vanhomrigh is a Dutch surname and van means “from”, referring to a habitational surname, while Esther either means … Continue reading Vanessa

Valerie

Valerie is the English, Czech, and German form of Valeria, the feminine form of Ancient Roman cognomen Valerius which comes from Latin valere meaning "to be healthy, strong" from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Valerie is also a surname derived from the given name. Nicknames: Val, Vally/Vallie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valérie (French, Czech) Valeria (Italian, Spanish, Romanian, German, Ancient Roman) Valarie (English) … Continue reading Valerie

Valor

Valor comes from a word name meaning "value, worth" and also meaning "courage, bravery" which comes from Latin valor (value) via valere (to be strong, to be healthy, to be worth) from Proto-Indo-European *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Nicknames: Val Origin: Proto-Indo-European    

Vina

Vina is an Indian and Indonesian female name meaning "lute" which comes from the Sanskrit word veena, which is also a word for the Indian stringed musical instrument. It derives from Proto-Indo-Iranian *wī́nā (lute). Vina is also a short form of names such as Davina (a feminine form of David meaning "beloved" from Hebrew), Alvina (a feminine form of Alvin meaning either … Continue reading Vina

Vera

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 … Continue reading Vera

Vincent

Vincent is the English form of Vincentius, an Ancient Roman name meaning "conquering" from Latin vincere (to conquer) derived from Proto-Indo-European *weyk-(3) (to fight, conquer; to overcome). Vincent is also a surname originating from the given name. Nicknames: Vince, Vin, Vinny/Vinnie Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Vincentius (Ancient Roman) Vincente (Italian) Vincenzo (Italian) Bikendi (Basque) Vicenç (Catalan) Vicent (Catalan) Vinko (Croatian, Slovene) … Continue reading Vincent

Vladimir

Vladimir comes from Slavic element vladeti meaning "to rule" (derived from Proto-Indo-European *wal "to be strong") combined with meru (great, famous) essentially meaning "great ruler" or "famous ruler". However, the second element has also been associated with miru (peace, world) so the name could also mean "peaceful ruler" or "world ruler". Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Waldomar (Ancient Germanic) Valdimárr (Ancient Scandinavian) Uladzimir (Belarusian) Vladimír … Continue reading Vladimir