Vincenza

Vincenza is the feminine form of Vincenzo, the Italian form of Vincent which 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). Nicknames: Enza Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Vinka (Croatian) Vissenta (Sardinian)   Male forms: Vincenzo (Italian) Vincente (Italian) Vincent (English, French, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Slovak) Vincentius…

Verlie

Verlie could be used as a short form for Beverly, an English surname which originated as a location name meaning “beaver stream”, made up from Old English elements beofor (beaver) and lēac (stream). Beverly was originally used as an male name though it became popular in the early 20th century as a female name. Verlie could also be a short Verla or Verlene,…

Vox

Vox is a Latin word meaning “voice” via Proto-Italic *wōks (voice) derived from PIE root noun *wṓkʷs (voice, speech) from root word *wekʷ- (to speak, to sound out). Vox is also an English surname which arose as a variant form of Fox, the name of the animal; it was likely originally derived as a nickname for someone who was cunning and…

Varvara

Varvara is the Russian, Bulgarian, Greek, and Macedonian form of Barbara which means “foreign, strange”. It comes from Ancient Greek barbaros; it was used by the Ancient Greeks to refer to non-Greek speaking foreigners or those who spoke a language they couldn’t understand. Nicknames: Varya (Russian), Vara (English) Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Barbara (Late Roman, English, Italian, French, German,…

Vesta

Vesta is the name of the Roman goddess of the hearth in Roman mythology, the Roman counterpart to the Greek goddess Hestia. The name seems to be a cognate of Hestia meaning “hearth, home; fireplace, altar” derived from PIE root word *h₂wes- (to dwell, live, reside). Origin: Proto-Indo-European  

Vivian

Vivian comes from the Latin name Vivianus, a Late Roman masculine name meaning “alive, living” derived from a PIE root word. Vivian has been used as both a male and female name. Vivian is also an English and French surname. Origin: Proto-Indo-European   Male forms: Vivien (French) Vivianus (Late Roman) Vyvyan (English, Cornish)   Female forms:…

Voirrey

Voirrey is the vocative form of Moirrey, the Manx form of Mary which comes from Hebrew Miriam, a name of unknown meaning though possible meanings ascribed to it are “sea of bitterness”, “rebelliousness” or “obstinacy”, and “wished for child”. It’s also possible that it might be derived from an Egyptian source either meaning “beloved” from myr, or from mr…

Violetta

Violetta is the Italian, Russian, and Hungarian form of Violet, the name of a flower and a color. It comes from Old French violette via Latin viola meaning “violet” which is related to Ancient Greek íon (violet) which seems to be derived from a pre-Indo-European Mediterranean source. Nicknames: Letta, Violet Origin: Ancient Greek Variants: Violett (English, Swedish, German) Violette (French) Viola…

Valentina

Valentina is the feminine form of Valentine which comes from Roman cognomen Valentinus via Latin valens meaning “strong, healthy, vigorous” from valere (to be strong), deriving from PIE *h₂welh₁- (to rule; strong, powerful). Nicknames: Val, Tina Origin: Proto-Indo-European Variants: Valentine (French, English) Walentyna (Polish) Valentína (Slovak) Valentyna (Ukrainian)   Male forms: Valentine (English) Valentinus (Ancient Roman) Valentin (French, Romanian, German, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Czech, Russian,…